In Mark 12 everything feels so disconnected, but it’s not. This is Holy Week and Jesus is addressing some very important teachings. As Jesus is confronted with various ideologies, Mark invites us to watch and ponder. As we do, we’ll see that Jesus transcends all social and political views. It’s not that viewpoints are unimportant. We have to remember that where we have points of view, Jesus has view.
Jesus Transcends Social and Political Ideologies
March 15, 2020 • Eric Ryan
Jesus Elicits a Response
Mark 16 • April 12, 2020 • David McNeely
Mark ends the book with an empty tomb and some astonished women. People all throughout the book have been amazed, astonished, or even afraid. Mark draws our attention to their current position and their future direction. Will they be content to stay where they are with distant memories of Jesus or will they move forward and seek to encounter the risen King? In essence, Mark leaves each reader with this question, “What will you do with Jesus?”
Jesus Gives His Life
Mark 15 • April 5, 2020 • Bob Evans
Mark 15 focuses on the crucifixion of Jesus. His life was not taken from him but he willingly gave it up for our sake. We will discover in this chapter the underlying human envy of the religious leaders which led to the cross. The crucifixion can be observed from three critical vantage points: the historical, the theological, and the personal.
Jesus Confronts Sin
Mark 14 • March 29, 2020 • David McNeely
The gospel of Mark has been building to the last three chapters. In Mark 14, Jesus eats one last Passover meal with His disciples. During the meal Jesus confronts all twelve but focuses on two. Both are prideful. Both will fall. Jesus offered Himself to them both. One will turn back to Jesus while the other will not. Jesus still confronts people. And He still offers Himself.