Mark 1:21-28, Resistance Broken Down

[February 1, 2015] This morning’s Gospel text is about Jesus casting a demon out of a man who interrupted him while he was teaching at the local synagogue in Capernaum, a lakeside town of Galilee. Today I want to examine how this fits into the beginning of Mark’s gospel and interpret it from . . . → Read More: Mark 1:21-28, Resistance Broken Down

Mark 1:14-20, The Call to Discipleship

[January 25, 2015] These verses, skipping over Jesus’ experience in the desert, are about Jesus proclaiming the “gospel of God,” which is that “the time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has drawn near.” This refers to Jesus’ own coming and presence in Israel; the Gospel is this good story or proclamation. . . . → Read More: Mark 1:14-20, The Call to Discipleship

Mark, 1:4-11, Christ’s Baptism, Christian Baptism

[January 11, 2015] Having celebrated “the Epiphany” (manifestation) of Jesus to the gentiles—of which we will be reminded again by the prophecy of Simeon when we celebrate his presentation in the Temple on February 2—this morning we begin the Season of Epiphany, that moves from the manifestation of Jesus at his baptism in . . . → Read More: Mark, 1:4-11, Christ’s Baptism, Christian Baptism

Mark 13:1-8, See that No One Leads You Astray

[November 18, 2012] The pilgrims have gathered in the city of Jerusalem for the weeklong Feast of the Passover and it is about to begin. There is much excitement, but the tone is different for Jesus. He arrived with His disciples a few days earlier and has been confrontational ever since. You recall that . . . → Read More: Mark 13:1-8, See that No One Leads You Astray

Mark 8:22-29, Opening Our Blind Eyes

[May 21, 2011] In this passage we have Peter’s confession of Jesus, “You are the Messiah!” preceded by a story of a blind man who received his sight in two stages. Presumably Peter recognized who Jesus is because he could “see” who Jesus is, while others could not. They were blind while he . . . → Read More: Mark 8:22-29, Opening Our Blind Eyes

Mark 14:26-42, The Great Obedience

[November 21, 2010] Today is the celebration of “Christ the Victor,” the last Sunday of the church year. It is the Sunday I will be finishing my messages on the Gospel according to Mark. We spoke on the remainder of the gospel during Lent and Easter.

As Adam committed the act . . . → Read More: Mark 14:26-42, The Great Obedience

Mark 14:12-25, I Will Be Will You

[November 14, 2010] Here we begin the final section of the Gospel according to Mark in which Jesus remains faithful to God throughout His ordeal of betrayal, arrest, mistreatment, oppression and death, an ordeal in which He suffers under the awful judgment of God that ought to fall on the world, and from . . . → Read More: Mark 14:12-25, I Will Be Will You

Mark 14:1-11, Anointed for Kingship

[November 7, 2010] In today’s story, Mary of Bethany anoints the head of Jesus with precious ointment on the eve of His Passover. This event is so significant that the telling of it shall accompany the Gospel whenever it is proclaimed. Let us see if we can unfold it.

In the Midst of . . . → Read More: Mark 14:1-11, Anointed for Kingship

Mark 13:24-37, Stay Awake and Be Alert!

[October 31, 2010] We come now to that exciting subject, the coming of the Son of Man. What are we to make of it? The title, “Son of Man,” comes from Daniel 7:13 and names Him who will overcome the world and establish the kingdom of God. In Daniel He is an awesome . . . → Read More: Mark 13:24-37, Stay Awake and Be Alert!

Mark 13:5-23, The World until His Coming

[October 24, 2010]. This passage is introduced by the questions that precede it: “When will these things be?” in response to Jesus’ pronouncement of the destruction of the Temple, and “What will be the signs when all these things are about to be accomplished?” “All these things” includes not only the destruction . . . → Read More: Mark 13:5-23, The World until His Coming