Jesus From Mark (2)

4. Life was seldom smooth for Jesus. He was tempted by Satan in the wilderness and by Peter at Caesarea Philippi. He experienced rejection from the Jewish leaders, His own family, and His own church. At times in His ministry, He had huge crowds following Him and He enjoyed immense popularity, but most of itContinue reading “Jesus From Mark (2)”

“Just As He Told You”

“Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’” (Mark 16:6-7) The emptyContinue reading ““Just As He Told You””

A Textual Question And A Glorious Treasure

There are questions about the how Mark’s gospel concludes. By that, I mean there is a question about whether the material in 16:9-20 are part of the original text or if it was added at some later date. The NIV has this note before v. 9-20: The earliest manuscripts and some other ancient witnesses doContinue reading “A Textual Question And A Glorious Treasure”

Blood, Covenant, And Jesus

When Christ celebrated the Passover with His disciples, He gave thanks for the cup and they all passed it around and drank from it. He then told them, “This is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many” (Mark 14:24). He said a lot with those words! I want to say somethingContinue reading “Blood, Covenant, And Jesus”

The Return Of Jesus? (2)

Understanding that the language being used in Mark 13 is figurative rather than literal clears up a lot of confusion commonly associated with the chapter. It frees us up to move on to an examination of the central points of Jesus message. To set the scene, Mark shows us the disciples in awe over theContinue reading “The Return Of Jesus? (2)”

The Return Of Jesus? (1)

I remember a church I attended not long after I became a Christian many years ago. They had a class in the auditorium that did a verse-by-verse study of every book in the New Testament. Well, almost every book. When they finished Jude, they passed over Revelation and restarted in Matthew. My guess is thatContinue reading “The Return Of Jesus? (1)”

That’s Just Not Right!

The word indignant is a strong term. We use it when we are not only upset about something, but when whatever we are disturbed about has exceeded the reasonable boundaries of bad. In other words, it is so glaringly wrong that we are personally offended by it. It is the difference between someone making aContinue reading “That’s Just Not Right!”

Jesus And The Little Children

Here’s some verse from Mark 10:13-16. Jesus And The Little Children Little children were being brought to Jesus, It’s a glorious scene to savor. They wanted the best for them as every parent does, So they came seeking His favor. The disciples were stewing in their own juices they were, Arguing who was greatest andContinue reading “Jesus And The Little Children”

The Showdown On Spiritual Authority

The issue in Mark 11:27ff is one of spiritual authority and leadership. It was close to Passover and Jerusalem was overflowing with pilgrims who had come up for the feast. Jesus and His disciples were there. He had gone into the temple and disrupted the corrupt merchandising that was going on. Israel’s leaders were threatenedContinue reading “The Showdown On Spiritual Authority”