Category Archives: Mark

On-Mission

Nothing was going to get in the way of his mission.  He prayed, “Not my will, but yours be done,” to his Father in heaven.  In his humanity Jesus struggled with needing to die, yet he knew why he came, … Continue reading

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Snake Charmers and Snake Oil

There are groups out there who believe that if you are a Christian, you should be able to handle snakes and not be poisoned by their venom.  That’s a neat idea.  They probably quietly bury the people who turn out … Continue reading

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Resurrection Power For Abundant Life

In the story of the resurrection, it jumps out at me that everyone is so surprised that Jesus rose again, even though he said he would.  Today, I find that same sense of surprise and lack of awareness of the … Continue reading

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Sorrow and Reflection

Once Jesus died on the cross, a day that had been so heightened in emotion and energy ended in sorrow.  Jesus’ followers watched, some from a distance, while others with influence arranged proper burial before the Sabbath.  This is a … Continue reading

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Through the Curtain Drawing Near

This little phrase in Mark 15 has so much meaning.  “The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.”  Matthew speaks of it his gospel also, mentioning that the earth shook at the very moment that … Continue reading

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It Is Finished

As onlookers mocked Jesus until his very last breath, he was completing the purpose for which he came.  His telos.  The ultimate and essential reason for his incarnation was being fulfilled in the final and completely sufficient sacrifice for our … Continue reading

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Forsaken For Me

I cannot imagine the heart-ache of Jesus being separated from the Father as he hung on the cross.  However long it was that Jesus felt forsaken and alone, that moment must have seemed like ages.  The burden of sin fell … Continue reading

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