Crucified, He Rose Again

READ : Mark 15–16 It is possible that the first Lord’s Supper was held in the upper room in the home of Mark’s mother, and that young Mark followed Jesus and that he was the young man who fled leaving his garment behind him (14:51-52). The description of the trials and crucifixion reiterate what we recently read in Matthew. In fact, at many points the accounts are word for word the same, evidence that suggests Matthew, who expands a bit …

The Noose Tightens

READ : Mark 12–14 Opposition to Jesus mounts. He adds fuel to the fire by telling a parable about the owner of a vineyard who sends servants to collect what is his, and when they fail sends his own son. The religious leaders realize the parable is about them and would have arrested Jesus then and there, but are afraid of how the multitudes would react. So they try to get him to make statements which will cause him to …

The Goal of Life

READ : Mark 10–11 Mark 10 describes Jesus’ Perean ministry. Perea was an area on the east side of the Jordan. There the rich young ruler (in Mark called simply “a man”) meets him and turns away because following Jesus called for a greater price than he was willing to pay. The lesson for us is surely that nothing should stand in the way of total commitment to Christ. Make riches the goal of your life and you will lose …

Jesus and People of Mark

READ : Mark 7–9 Our calling is to be like Jesus, who was always involved with people, seeking to do what good he could for them. The Pharisees needed to be warned that their hypocrisy could only do harm to them and others, so Jesus gave them the warning they needed. As Christians, we must not only encourage good but also warn against evil. In dealing with the Syrophoenician woman, he first stretched her faith and then met her need, …

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 not have the same effect on all. The response to the Word is crucial. If we have a heart which …

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 takes a different approach. Possibly because of the impetuousness of Peter, Mark begins with the ministry of Jesus, passing over …