The Goal of Life

Claudia Elzinga

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 …

Jesus and People of Mark

Claudia Elzinga

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 …

Parables and Miracles

Claudia Elzinga

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

Claudia Elzinga

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

Claudia Elzinga

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 …