Parables and Miracles

READ : Mark 4–6 The word parable means “to throw alongside.” Jesus lays a physical truth alongside a spiritual truth, so the first casts light on the second. He told these interesting stories to the multitudes, and he explained their meaning to the disciples. The parable of the sower shows that though the Word of God is sown, it does …

The Beginning of Ministry

READ : Mark 1–3 It is commonly thought that of the Gospels, Mark wrote first, under the guidance of Peter, and that Matthew and Luke took the work of Mark and supplemented it with other materials. Matthew, Mark and Luke are called the Synoptic Gospels, that is, they look at the life of Jesus from a similar perspective while John …

Crucifixion and Resurrection

READ : Matthew 27–28 The Jewish leaders did not have the authority to impose the death penalty, so they brought Jesus to Pilate. He tries to avoid making a decision, so he tries to get the Jewish leaders to decide, thinking they will choose to free Jesus rather than a notorious criminal. It doesn’t work, so he washes his hands …

Night Before the Crucifixion

READ : Matthew 26 Consider the events which take place the night before the crucifixion: The Celebration of the Passover, a symbol of belonging to God’s people, and rejoicing that God had set his people free from the bondage of Egypt. The Inauguration of the Lord’s Supper. Jesus uses some of the elements of the Passover to provide a new …

Predicting the End

READ : Matthew 23–25 As the Truth, Jesus had to tell people the truth about themselves. He called the religious leaders hypocrites. God hates hypocrisy, which is the opposite of genuineness. A hypocrite is different on the outside than on the inside. He makes believe he is more pious than he really is. Other people may or may not realize …