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Mark 1:1

Mark 1:1

Like all the gospel writers Mark introduces us to Jesus Christ, the eternally begotten Son of God and prophesied Saviour of the world, but we discover that  Mark's specific focus is upon the humanity of Jesus, as servant of all - and the divinely appointed name of “Jesus', which is specifically linked with His humanity, means “God is Salvation'.

The personal name “Jesus' was given to Him read more...

Mark 1:9

Mark 1:9

While other gospels give considerably more detail of Christ's actual baptism in the Jordan, Matthew lets us know that John the Baptist was reluctant to baptise the Lord Jesus - because John's baptism was a baptism unto repentance, while Christ was without sin. He was the perfect, sinless, Lamb of God, Who would take away the sin of the world.

Matthew explains that Christ's baptism was in fulfilment of a Levitical requirement. read more...

Mark 1:14

Mark 1:14

John the Baptist was God's appointed forerunner to the Messiah. Isaiah had prophesised of him, and identified John as being: a voice, crying in the wilderness, 'prepare ye the way of the Lord'. And John came preaching a baptism of repentance, to the lost sheep of the house of Israel, for the remission of sins.

Before Christ's ministry started, we discover John calling the nation of Israel to repent, for the kingdom read more...

Mark 1:15

Mark 1:15

Along with many holy men of God, Isaiah prophesised of Christ, the Servant of God, Jesus Christ the righteous, Who was sent to save His people.. Israel, from their sins. He also prophesised of John the Baptist, God's final Old Testament messenger, who was set aside from his mother's womb to prepare the way of the Lord.

After laying this prophetic foundation and a brief reference to Christ's baptism in the Jordan, His temptation in read more...

Mark 2:2

Mark 2:2

At the beginning of Mark, chapter 2, we read that Jesus had returned to Capernaum, after having completed an exhaustive preaching tour, throughout the Galilean region. For days, He had not only been preaching and teaching the gospel of the kingdom, but had cast out many demons and healed numerous people that were sick, with diverse diseases.

However, soon after Jesus returned to His home base at Capernaum, following this strenuous read more...

Mark 2:5

Mark 2:5

Jesus could have spent his entire life-time healing all that were physically sick or maimed .. demon possessed or leprous. He could have fed the multitudes daily with bread and fish.. or with manna and quail, until physical illness was eradicated and bodily hunger was satisfied.

But Jesus had come for a greater purpose than simply to supply man's many physical needs. Jesus had come to turn men from sin and unbelief back to trust read more...

Mark 2:22

Mark 2:22

Jesus was the promised Messiah Who was sent to the lost sheep of the house of Israel to save His chosen people from their sins. All scripture had pointed to the time when Christ would set up His promised kingdom on earth and for three wonderful years God's anointed King of Israel lived among His people and laid out the criteria for entrance into His sovereign realm as His loyal subjects. All Old Testament scripture pointed to Christ, Who was the end of the Law as read more...

Mark 2:27

Mark 2:27

When God had finished His six days of creation, He rested on the seventh day. However, due to man’s sin, God had to begin another work – the work of redemption, which is the work that will one day be fully and finally completed when Christ is all in all.

God rested after His six days of creation, when His work of creation was done, as a read more...

Mark 3:35

Mark 3:35

The crowds thronged the Lord Jesus, for they were astonished by the many mighty miracles and great healings that He was performing. Even the unclean spirits recognised Who Jesus was and declared: You are the Son of God. But the Scribes, the Pharisees, the Sadducees and the Herodians hated the Lord Jesus, for He was undermining their authoritarian monopolies and hypocritical practices - for Jesus spoke as one having sovereign authority - but it was a read more...

Mark 4:34

Mark 4:34

Jesus started to fulfill the prophecy of Isaiah when He started to speak to the people in parables. A parable is so much more than an earthly story with a heavenly meaning for Israel had ears but did not listen to the Word of the Lord and though they had eyes, they neither saw nor understood the enormity of His gracious message -

The Lord Jesus painted a word picture to capture the imagination of the crowd - but His painting read more...

Mark 6:3

Mark 6:3

Jesus was a Man that went about doing good, but those who knew Him as a young lad, in the little village of Nazareth, were unable to accept Him and His teachings. They rejected the Lord of life, Who was the Word made flesh and the Messiah of God.

It is said that: 'familiarity breeds contempt', and the people of Nazareth were so biased against Jesus, that He could not do many mighty miracles there, because of their unbelief. How read more...

Mark 6:30

Mark 6:30

What a touching scene we have here. Jesus had sent His twelve apostles out with a special commission to preach repentance to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.. and had given them apostolic authority and divine ability to, drive out many demons, anoint many sick people with oil and heal them.

The apostles were no doubt flushed with excitement at the success of their ministry, and weary from their exhausting schedule read more...

Mark 6:31

Mark 6:31

The responsibilities; busyness; stresses and strain of simply living can cause each of us to neglect what is important and of lasting significance for what we consider to be the immediately urgent and vital. Even the duties and tasks to which God has called can be placed higher on our daily agenda than those things that are vital to our well-being. The Lord Jesus knew this, and throughout scripture God often uses the simple, natural things to teach us important read more...

Mark 8:31

Mark 8:31

Simon Peter was the apostle who proclaimed: You are the Christ. This positive declaration of His Messiah-hood is recorded in each of the gospels. In Luke the Lord Jesus is acknowledged as the Christ of God, while John’s gospel records Peter as saying:we have believed and have come to know that You are the Holy One of God.

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Mark 8:34

Mark 8:34

When Jesus summoned the crowd to come, and listen to Him, together with His chosen disciples, and made His astonishing demand... that anyone who wanted to follow Him was to deny themselves, and take up their cross and follow Him... we find that this requirement was recorded immediately after Peter had pronounced his divine revelation from God.

Peter had just confessed, You are the Christ, the Son of the read more...

Mark 9:10

Mark 9:10

Jesus met with Moses and Elijah on the Mount of Transfiguration not long before He was to face Calvary's cross and bear the full weight of man's sin on His shoulders. He was to be the full and final sacrifice for sin, and only three of Christ's disciples witnessed the awesome presence of God, as a cloud enveloped Him, and a voice from heaven was heard to say - "This is My beloved Son in Whom I am well pleased. Listen to HIM".

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Mark 9:23

Mark 9:23

Through the power of the Holy Spirit, Jesus of Nazareth went about doing good, and healing all manner of sickness and delivering all who were oppressed of the devil. His object was not simply a 'quick-fix', physical cure for the moment, but a 'long-term', spiritual healing, with eternal consequences. When approached by those who desired healing, the Lord Jesus made sure he addressed the 'faith' issue, and the healing of the demon-possessed boy read more...

Mark 9:24

Mark 9:24

The whole fullness of God's nature dwells bodily in Christ, and all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden in Him. As His children we are privileged to dwell in Him and He in us. We are filled by His Spirit and made complete in Him, Who is the head over all rule and authority, principality and power.

But how often like the disciples we doubt the power, ability, wisdom and knowledge of the Lord, and like them we fail to read more...

Mark 9:43

Mark 9:43

Jesus may have been the Son of God, through Whom heaven and earth were created, but He also came into this world as the Son of Man – the suffering Servant of Jehovah, Who would give His life as the ransom price for the sin of the whole world.

He had come to set up God’s kingdom on earth, but His own people rejected Him, and He finally set His face as a flint towards Jerusalem and the cross. It was at that time that the Lord Jesus began in earnest, to prepare His little band of read more...

Mark 10:14

Mark 10:14

Earlier in the chapter we read of a barrage of questions that the Pharisees were asking Jesus. They were not interested in the truth, but were doing their best to trip Him up and find fault in Him.

And it was following this barrage of attacks that we read: and they brought young children to Him, that He should touch them. And the disciples rebuked those that brought them.. Little children and young people were being read more...

Mark 10:15

Mark 10:15

What a great blessing to have a childlike mind and the sort of attitude towards the Lord that we discover within the heart of a little child. All of us are sinners and children also have a sin nature, and are in equal need of redemption.. but little children are a wonderful example of a heart that is ready to hear the good news of salvation and a mind that is ready and willing to receive the good news of the gospel of grace.

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Mark 10:17

Mark 10:17

There were many in Israel that did everything in their power to discredit the Lord Jesus and trap Him, by asking leading questions, so that they could accuse Him of blasphemy against God or insurrection against Rome. On a certain day, as Jesus prepared to set out on His journey, a man ran to Jesus to seek an answer to a question, that lay heavy on his heart.

However, the nature of his question and the earnest enquiry.. on how read more...

Mark 10:43

Mark 10:43

While walking with the Lord of glory on His sacrificial journey towards the cross and the glorious resurrection, and having been forewarned by Him of the future suffering and tribulation both Jesus and all His followers were to face.. we discover the disciples squabbling about who was be the most important person in Christ's coming kingdom!

They were expecting the Lord to set up His kingdom on earth at that time, and the read more...

Mark 10:45

Mark 10:45

The glittering prizes of wealth and honour - of fame and fortune – of intellectual prowess and great importance is highly prized in today’s world system, but it can too often bedazzle the eyes of believers as well, and even Christ’s own disciples were not exempt. They were arguing about who was the most important in their little group and were jostling for the best position in Christ’s coming kingdom. But what a shocking read more...

Mark 11:9

Mark 11:9

Only days before His crucifixion on Calvary's cross, the Lord Jesus triumphantly rode into the city of Jerusalem, on a little donkey.. proclaiming to be Israel's long-awaited Messiah, and their prophesised King and Saviour.

The crowds cried out in excited expectation: Hosanna, they shouted. Save us, is the interpretation. Blessed is He Who comes in the name of the Lord, was the jubilant greeting Jesus read more...

Mark 11:10

Mark 11:10

It was John the Baptist who started to call on Israel to repent of their sins and to turn back to God, because their long-awaited Messiah had arrived. Their prophesised King of Righteousness had come to earth to set up His kingdom, as recorded in Old Testament Scripture. The promised kingdom of their father David was at hand - King Jesus was in their midst.

The angelic host announced good news of great joy and salvation, to a read more...

Mark 12:6

Mark 12:6

The Lord Jesus told many stories and parables. Some were designed.. so that those whose hearts were hardened against the Lord, and His anointed Christ, would hear with their ears, but be deaf to its real meaning. They would have eyes to see, and yet would be blinded to the truth. They would hearken to the story but miss the message.. and fail to understand the glorious gospel of the kingdom, and the gracious offer of salvation, that came from the Lord of read more...

Mark 12:10

Mark 12:10

Having rejected 1) the prophetic warning of John the Baptist to turn from their sins and produce righteous fruit; 2) the heavenly witness of the Father and the Spirit at His baptism and 3) the undeniable testimony of His messianic signs as proof of His heavenly calling, Christ exposed the sinful desires of the leadership of Israel, which were to destroy the Lord Jesus Christ and claim His inheritance for themselves. He did this through the use of a scathing read more...

Mark 12:28

Mark 12:28

From the beginning of His ministry to the day of His death, the controversy between the liberty of the gospel of God, and the restrictive traditions of Judaism, raged between the two parties.

As the day for Christ's betrayal and crucifixion drew ever closer, the various schools of Judaism conspired to indict the Lord Jesus, under a civil or religious statute. They plotted together, to make a prolonged attack on the Lord Jesus read more...

Mark 12:29

Mark 12:29

Although the majority of the Jewish leadership were against the Lord Jesus and conspired how to get rid of Him, there were those from the ruling classes, who were convicted by Christ's words, and who sought the truth. Elsewhere we read of Nicodemus, Joseph of Arimathea, and others who were secret disciples of Christ. And here we discover a young man, who was a teacher of the Law, who was intrigued by the wisdom of Jesus.

In this read more...

Mark 12:30

Mark 12:30

The very nature and heart of God is eternal LOVE and this sublime attribute permeates every other of His superlative qualities. This greatest of all commands to LOVE the Lord our God, embraces and intertwines with every other facet of His beautiful, eternal character.

Love is the alpha and headspring of the fruit of the spirit. Love is the superlative and pre-eminent affection of the soul. Love is the peak and pinnacle of a life read more...

Mark 12:36

Mark 12:36

The Pharisees did all they could to discredit the Messianic claims of the Lord Jesus, by asking difficult questions. His claim to be God offended them, and their devious enquiry was designed trip Him up, but in Christ are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge, and they were astonished at His gracious replies.

But in response, He silenced the leaders of the Jews with a question that supported His claims to deity. The read more...

Mark 14:36

Mark 14:36

We cannot begin to imagine the depth of agony that our Lord Jesus Christ experienced in Gethsemane, when three times in succession He asked Abba, His God and Father: if it were possible to remove the bitter cup He was about to drink, for He knew that all things are possible with God - and yet the thundering silence that pounded from a shut and brassy heaven, revealed that there was no other way whereby we must be saved. And so Christ was enabled to pray, read more...

Mark 14:61

Mark 14:61

Jesus was the sinless Son of the Blessed One, and when falsely accused by the religious court of the Jew, which had been unconstitutionally convened in the middle of the night - in order to falsely accuse the Lord and condemned Him to death, He remained silent. We read that:  Jesus kept silent and did not answer anything.

Jesus had no need to defend His innocence - for every member of the Sanhedrin knew that he was a read more...

Mark 15:34

Mark 15:34

There must be a depth of love between the members of the Trinity at which we can only wonder, for Each loves the Other with a divine love that always has been and will continue to exist forever. It is a godly love that will reach into the eternal ages to come, a deathless love that will never end, for God is love.

And yet that continuously existing communion between Father and Son was broken at Calvary’s cross, as the Lord Jesus Christ was made sin read more...

Mark 16:4

Mark 16:4

The glorious resurrection of our Saviour is as much a part of the gospel of Christ as His sacrificial death. He was delivered to death to pay the price for our sin but His resurrection from the grave secured our justification. The message of the Cross does not finish with Christ's death on the cross, but integrates His rising from the dead. And His victory over sin; death and hell is an inescapable part of the whole story of our great Salvation.

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Mark 16:6

Mark 16:6

Were it not for the cross, we could never have been forgiven of our sins and delivered from our offenses against God, but were it not for the resurrection we would have no proof of Christ's claims to be our Saviour.

By His sinless life and substitutionary death He was victorious over death and by His resurrection he broke the power of sin and death in the lives of all who believe in Him - for as our risen and glorified Saviour, we read more...

Mark 16:9

Mark 16:9

Christ died to take the punishment for our sins and to pay the price, on our account - and the wages of sin is death. Christ died in our place. But the gospel does not end at the cross, for Christ rose from the dead, so that all who have faith in His sacrificial death and glorious resurrection, will also rise from the dead, into newness of life.

It is through faith in His redemptive work that we are given a new read more...

Mark 16:15

Mark 16:15

Those forty blissful days that followed the resurrection must have been wonderful for Christ's disciples, because the Saviour Whom they thought was dead and buried, following the gruelling time of His arrest, trial and crucifixion.. must have blossomed into a time to ecstatic gladness and joy as Jesus presented Himself to them alive.. and gave everyone His gracious reassurance that even the terrible act of denial cannot separate us from the love of God which is read more...

Mark 16:16

Mark 16:16

Having just read about Christ's appearance to two of His disciples as they walked along the road and having just recorded that Jesus rebuked His disciples for their unbelief and hardness of heart.. by refusing to believe the eye-witness accounts of Christ's resurrection.. we read that Jesus gave the disciples His great missionary commission.. to go into all the world and preach the gospel to all people. And He charged them.. that those who responded to the gospel read more...