Review and Reflect on Mark 15:40-16:8 – Jesus died and rose again.

Mark 15:40-16:2 is the story of Jesus’ death on the cross. Compared to the other Gospels, Mark presents a brief account. In this passage, he mentions several people by name. One of the first questions I have when I read this is, Where did these people come from? They are not mentioned anywhere before in the book, and […]

Review and Reflect on Mark 14:66-72 – Peter denies Jesus.

As the soldiers brutalize and mock Jesus, they tell him to prophesy. Jesus had already told Peter he would deny him and Peter fulfills Jesus’ prophecy. So in their mocking, again, the soldiers don’t realize the truth of their statements. Jesus tells Peter he is going to reject him not once, but three times, and this is […]

Review and Reflect on Mark 9:2-13

Let’s read Mark 9:2-13. There is great significance to Jesus going to a mountain. This is part of what it means when he says the Time is fulfilled and God’s Kingdom has come. In Exodus 33 God meets with Moses on Mount Sinai. Moses asks to see his face, but he refuses because it would have […]

Review and Reflect on Mark 8:31-33

Mark 8:31-33. Jesus begins to tell his disciples what kind of Messiah he is, because their conception of “Messiah” did not match reality. As Messiah, he would not wage war or embrace rebellion, he would suffer, and be rejected. Jesus was not some would-be rebel who couldn’t find a way to gain power militarily so […]

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 – Mark 1:14-20 – What is Mark’s Gospel?

Mark 1:14-20 In verses 14 and 15 Jesus summarizes the nature of his mission, the content of his mission, and the response demanded by his mission. He comes announcing the Gospel of God, or God’s Good News. What is this good news? What is meant by “Gospel”? It is not a word that is typically […]