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IN THE GARDEN

Mark 14:32-51 BRIEF INTRO: We are about to enter the garden with Jesus and the disciples on the night Judas Iscariot betrayed Him, thanks to Mark and the other gospel writers who take us there through their written accounts of this event. If you somehow missed seeing the humanity of Christ throughout this book so far, you…

I WILL NOT DENY YOU

Mark 14:27-31 BRIEF RECAP: What a fantastic dinner. From the disciple’s perspective, they would enjoy the Passover meal with Jesus and spend some much-needed and vastly overdue time alone with their teacher, messiah, and Lord. Some of which they did not understand fully. The sights and smells in the upper room that day were familiar…

IN REMEMBRANCE OF ME

Mark 14:12-31 BRIEF RECAP: At the end of our last study, we left Jesus in Bethany, at the home of Simon the leper, where Mary anointed Him with some very costly perfume (14:3). Some of the disciples were upset with what she did, Judas Iscariot especially, since he was a thief and in charge of…

THE PLOT TO KILL JESUS

  Mark 14:1-11 BRIEF INTRO: We are now entering Mark’s passion narrative, the account of Christ’s suffering, death, and resurrection. All of these upcoming events take place in or around Jerusalem. We previously meditated on Jesus’ response to the questions put before Him regarding the destruction of the temple and the manifestation of His kingdom. We now find Jesus in Bethany,…

THE SECOND COMING

Mark 13:24-37 BRIEF INTRO: This study will finish our meditation on Christ’s response to the questions proffered earlier by Peter, James, and John (v. 3). Jesus told them that wars, rumors of wars, and false messiahs must come, but are only the beginning of birth pangs (v. 8). He told them of the persecution that would come…

JESUS’ VIEW OF CHRISTMAS

Various scriptures As I write this post, the temperature in Indiana has dropped into the negatives, the snow has ceased falling, and the wind is constant and bone-chilling. I have been writing the previous post’s on the view of Christmas (incarnation) from the standpoint of various people in the Bible and directly related to the Christmas story.…

WHAT DOES CHRISTMAS MEAN?

                                                                                                                                                                         Galatians 4:4-5 With Christmas drawing near I wanted to share with you a message I shared at a local church recently. Merry Christmas to all. Intro:    What a wonderful time of the year it is, amen ? Have you noticed the decorations on the houses in all the towns in this area —or the…

HEROD’S VIEW OF CHRISTMAS

Extended reading: Matthew 2 Devotional reading: vs. 13 Although most people saw the birth of Christ as wonderful, joyful, and praiseworthy, Herod had quite a different perspective regarding baby Jesus. When Herod heard about the magi from the east questioning the people in Jerusalem as to the whereabouts of “He who has been born King…

THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION

Mark 13:14-20 BRIEF RECAP: In our last two studies, we read Jesus’ answers to their questions (v.1). His answers go far beyond the destruction of Jerusalem, which would happen in 70 A.D, and graphically encompasses events that would transpire at and during the tribulation period. He warned them of deception, wars, rumors of wars, natural…

THE SHEPHERDS VIEW OF CHRISTMAS

Extended reading: Luke 2:8-18 Devotional reading: v. 15,17-18 In the time of Christ’s birth, shepherds were viewed as “unclean” in the community of God’s people because of the type of work they did. They were constantly in contact with dirty, smelly sheep, their manure, their blood from cuts and scrapes, and the many insects that…

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