Mark 16: The Alternative Ending of Mark

Mark 16 has long been a problem for New Testament readers. Why? It has two endings. The usual English ending includes drinking poison and preaching the gospel to every creature (even animals?). The shorter ending is quite abrupt, leaving no resurrection appearances like the other three gospels, only an empty tomb. So which is it? [Read More…]

Mark 15: Why Jesus Died

Many have misunderstood the legal reason used to put Jesus to death on the cross. Mark 15:25-26 reveals this reason: “25 It was nine in the morning when they crucified him. 26 The written notice of the charge against him read: THE KING OF THE JEWS.” After an illegal, overnight series of trials before both [Read More…]

Mark 14: Do What You Can

Mark 14 includes one of my new favorite sentences in the New Testament. In verse 8, Jesus responds to the criticisms of those spoke against the woman who had poured an expensive jar of perfume on Him. His response? “She did what she could.” You ever feel like nothing you do matters? Perhaps this woman [Read More…]

Mark 13: Lasting Words

Words matter. In fact, down the road in life much of what we remember are words, good or bad, spoken to us by those closest in our lives. In Mark 13, Mark records Jesus saying, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.” The Son of God again communicates His [Read More…]

Mark 12: The Greatest Commandment

Mark 12 includes what is known as the Greatest Commandment. It reads: 28 One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” 29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: [Read More…]

Mark 11: Praying Requires Forgiving

Jesus used the example of a withering fig tree to teach about praying in faith. In the process, he also expressed that praying requires forgiving. Verse 25 notes, “And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” The Lord’s Prayer [Read More…]

Mark 10: What Jesus Said about Marriage

Mark is an interesting gospel for many reasons. One of them is what it says concerning divorce. We are told the religious leaders wanted to test Jesus. They chose divorce, a heated issue in their time and ours. The excerpt reads: Some Pharisees came and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful for a man [Read More…]

Mark 9: It All Matters

It all matters. This is not just a line from the TV show Lost; it is a profound spiritual truth. Of the fifty verses I wrote down that make up the words of Mark 9, verse 41 stood out the most: “I tell you, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name [Read More…]

Mark 7: Eat What You Want

Interesting fact from Jesus in Mark 7: Eat what you want. That’s right! Organic or non-organic. Waffle fries, meat of all kinds, and even chocolate. Details from verses 18-19 include: “Don’t you see that nothing that enters a person from the outside can defile them? For it doesn’t go into their heart but into their [Read More…]

Mark 6: Jesus Says Rest!

The average human is supposed to get about eight hours of sleep per night. But how many of us actually get a good night’s rest on a regular basis? The same was true of Christ’s disciples. He had sent them out on a mission. When they returned, they were exhausted. What would Jesus say? “Grab [Read More…]