Mark 1:16-20 Come Follow Me

Follow Me

Follow Me

Jesus chooses His first disciples today in our reading. Three of these four would also become His closest disciples. This doesn’t mean that the other nine were any less important, but that Jesus developed a closer bond with three of these men than He did with the rest of His followers.

Whenever I think about Jesus calling His disciples I wonder what it was that prompted Him to call these men. I had always pictured Him walking by the sea and out of nowhere deciding to invite these men to share His life. Today I got a different picture of this event. I want to paint the picture for you too, but in order to do so we are going to have to back up in time just a little bit. We are going back to when Jesus first entered into His public ministry. Mark tells us that He “came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God” (verse 14). This is where we are going start our story. Read more »

Mark 1:14-15 Jesus’ Ministry Begins

Today in our reading Jesus begins His ministry. Jesus didn’t step out and begin His public ministry until after John was arrested. John’s arrest came on the heels of Jesus’ testing in the wilderness. Jesus’ message fulfilled the preaching of John’s.

I wanted to look at John the Baptist’s ministry to get a little background. In my Google search I found a website which answered my questions through scripture; Keway.ca. My main question was, “How long was John’s ministry?” The answer I found was that John’s ministry was very short, lasting less than a year before he was put in prison by Herod. John would be in prison for Read more »

Mark 1:12-13 Wilderness Time

Be still

Be still

Mark is still moving very quickly through the “preliminaries” of the beginning of Jesus’ ministry. Not that these events are somehow not worth dwelling on, but that he seems in a hurry to get to the “action stories.” Jesus in the wilderness is definitely important enough for Mark to mention, but he didn’t feel his audience would want to dwell on it, AND the Holy Spirit didn’t prompt him to dwell on it either. We always have to remember the audience Mark was writing to and that ALL scripture is inspired by God. Maybe Mark was just an “action fanatic” and wanted to get to the big scenes. Read more »

Mark 1:9-11 John Baptizes Jesus

The Holy Spirit descending as a dove.

The Holy Spirit descending as a dove.

Mark’s gospel goes at a breakneck speed and is pretty short on details. I thought about moving as quickly as he does but felt God say no. We are not going to rush through just because there are only a couple of verses in some sections. We are going to look just as deeply as if it we were reading a novel.

Today in our reading we join Jesus and John the Baptist on the shore, and in the middle, of the Jordan River. Here Jesus will fulfill the first requirement for the beginning of His public ministry. Read more »

Mark 1:1-8 The Forerunner

Prepare the way of the Lord

Prepare the way of the Lord

Today we start the book of Mark. For me, one of the hard things about journaling through the gospels is that they contain many of the same stories. I like having fresh material to write about so this becomes a challenge to me. I KNOW God has much more in each story than what is on the surface so I am challenged to “dig deeper” to find the new thing. Actually, I am not the finder of the “new thing”, He is! I have to trust that He will bring out just what I (or we) need in each retelling of the stories. Like one line in my ‘Story Time Poem’ “WOW! I never saw that before!” I look forward to hearing the familiar stories and finding that new perspective or missed piece. Read more »