Mark 11:1-11 A Borrowed Colt

"We have work to do!"

“We have work to do!”

Jesus is still moving towards His final destination. They are approaching Jerusalem. Jesus has prophecy to fulfill so He sends His disciples off on and errand.

Jesus final return to Jerusalem is to be done with great fanfare. God told the people how Jesus would enter Jerusalem in Zechariah 9:9, “See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”

Jesus was coming into Jerusalem fulfilling the full prophecy. He was righteous. He was victorious in all His encounters with the religious leaders and was fast approaching His ultimate victory ground. He was lowly and humble in all He did. Now He just needed the donkey to complete the prophecy. Jesus knew EXACTLY where this donkey would be waiting. God had prepared it in advance. God’s preparations was the focus of our Read more »

Mark 10:46-52 Take Heart, He is Calling You

Don't block someone else's miracle

Don’t block someone’s miracle

Jesus is continuing His march towards Jerusalem. His face is “set like flint” and nothing is going to turn Him from this final appointment. But on the way He fulfills another important task.

We got to hear the “first person” account of this story in the blog from Matthew 20:29-34 titled “Jesus Heals Two Blind Men.” Today we are going to look at this story again and see what God has in it for us from Mark’s telling. Read more »

Mark 10:35-45 Seating Arrangements Argument

God has His own seating chart made up

God has His own seating chart made up

Jesus and His disciples are still on their way to Jerusalem. He had just finished telling them about His impending death when James and John ask Him a favor.

Something that puzzles me is the timing of James and John’s request. They make this request right after hearing Jesus say He was going to die and rise again. They had no clue what the “rise again” portion meant, but they certainly understood death. Jesus was also telling them it would happen THIS trip to Jerusalem. How could they be thinking of themselves at this time? What kind of Kingdom were they expecting Jesus to be establishing? Were they trying to distract Jesus from His talk about His death? Read more »

Mark 10:1-12 Divorce Hurts God Too

Every heart is broken in the process

Every heart is broken in the process

Today we join Jesus somewhere beyond the Jordan in the region of Judea. As expected He has drawn another crowd. And also as expected, He is ministering to them through teaching. I wonder if teaching was one of Jesus’ favorite things to offer the people.

We are not told what Jesus was teaching on during this interaction. I’m wondering if it is what prompted the question the Pharisees’ question or if they came with a line of attack already prepared. Whichever avenue led to the interaction between the Pharisees, the people got to benefit from another lesson. Read more »

Mark 9:42-50 Get Rid of It

I'd rather have Him holding my heart than a scalpel

I’d rather have Him holding my heart than a scalpel

Jesus is finishing up His instructions to His disciples in the house in Capernaum. Certainly not the last of His instructions overall, but the last of this session. The main point in this section is, if it is in your way of serving Him, GET RID OF IT.

Jesus starts by turning His attention back to the child He has been holding during their discussion. Jesus says that anyone who causes on of His little ones who believe in Him to sin, they would be better off dead and thrown into the sea. In other words, they will face Jesus, the one who drove the money changers out of the temple with a whip, over it. He takes it personally when someone hurts His children. Read more »