Readings for Easter Week – Sunday

Here is the series of passages to read through this week leading up to Easter. The passages can be read on Biblegateway.com by clicking on the link. Monday: John 13 Tuesday: John 15 Wednesday: John 17 Thursday: John 19 Friday: Luke 23 Saturday: Mark 15 Sunday: Matthew 28, Luke 24, John 20-21

Review and Reflect on Mark 15:16-39 – The King has come and although he was dead now he is alive.

When the soldiers who are responsible to crucify Jesus take him into custody, they reject and abuse him. The Roman soldiers were more than happy to be able to abuse a Jewish man on this day. There was a strained relationship between Jews and Romans, and the soldiers expressed their feelings of racism and disdain for Jews […]

Review and Reflect on Mark 13 – The Temple-Religion is being replaced by Jesus-Religion

Mark 13 is focused around Jesus’ response to the disciples’ question in verse 4 about when the Temple will be destroyed. In Jesus’ day, all of Jewish religion was focused on the Temple, but Jesus has been teaching throughout Mark’s Gospel that religion is changing because the time is fulfilled and God’s kingdom had come. As Israel’s […]

Review and Reflect on Mark 11:1-11 – Jesus brings together the promises God made to Israel.

Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem with his followers. This wasn’t such a big deal because lots of people were heading that way, because it was almost time for the great feast known as Passover. People from all over came to Jerusalem for Passover. But on his way, Jesus passes through Jericho and heals […]

Review and Reflect on Mark 8:27-30

The disciples are cast in the light of continually misunderstanding and misinterpreting what Jesus has been doing and teaching. But Jesus continues with them, not abandoning them, rather he teaches them and leads them. At this point in Mark’s Gospel, they have travelled to the Northern Region of Israel to proclaim the Gospel there. Read Mark 8:27-30. As they […]

Review and Reflect on Mark 1:21-34

Mark 1:21-28 There is a passage in the book of James that I recalled when I read these verses from Mark. In James 2:19 we read “You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder!” When Jesus comes to this synagogue and begins to teach, people are never left the […]