The Whole Message of Mark

As promised, the consolidated message and lessons of Mark in whole. What was the point of Mark's Gospel? Why did he dictate it, as an old man, to a scribe in the church, to be read to the faithful and unfaithful? (Believe in Jesus the Messiah) Mark 1-5: Jesus was a man of authority, specifically... Continue Reading →

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The Longer(Added) Ending of Mark

In the previous blog, we wrote about the end of the book of Mark. Everything written afterward was added in the years following in attempts to rectify the dissatisfaction of a cliffhanger ending. Let's see how much of these additional texts have become Christian staples. Mark 16:9-20. First Jesus appears to Mary Magdalene, who then... Continue Reading →

The Resurrection

So, Jesus has been laid to rest. The Marys made note of where he was buried so they could return after the Sabbath to complete the burial cleansing ritual by anointing the body with oil. Let's see what happens in Mark 16: 1-8. They go to the tomb, and they are discussing who they are... Continue Reading →

Jesus’ Burial

Jesus has died. It's the end for his followers. They thought he would be the new king. He was supposed to deliver them from slavery. It's time to go home. To pretend they hadn't put all of their faith in this messiah┬ácharacter. But the book isn't over yet. What more is there? Let us see... Continue Reading →

Jesus’ Death

When last we spoke, Jesus was hanging on the cross as crowds of people walked by mocking him, and the two who hung next to him also spoke abusively to him, because apparently, they didn't have their own deaths to worry about. It is now time for Mark's record of how Jesus died. Mark 15:33-41.... Continue Reading →

The Crucifixion

This part of the story, Mark's story, is not the popular version, despite it's being the earliest and likely most accurate.┬áMark 15: 21-32 The reason I say this is because there are aspects of the crucifixion here in Mark's version that simply get overlooked or replaced. For instance, we begin with the soldiers forcing a... Continue Reading →

Jesus is Mocked

Jesus has officially begun the crucifixion ritual at this point. Pilate tried to help but was forced to follow the will of the people and hand Jesus over, where he was immediately flogged. Now the soldiers take him to the governor's residence, where they put a royal purple cloak to represent a king's robes on... Continue Reading →

Jesus and Barabbas

In the previous section, Jesus submitted to a guilty plea, refusing to defend himself, despite Pilate's encouragement to do so. This seems related to Gethsemane when Jesus submitted his fate into the Father's hands. He knew, from the OT, what the Messiah was meant to endure. Now, because Pilate believes Jesus to be innocent, he... Continue Reading →

Jesus Brought Before Pilate

As I mentioned in the previous post, we have entered story mode. That means that agendas and hidden meanings have taken a back seat to simply telling the story of Jesus' trial, death, and resurrection. So, let's watch. Mark 15:1-5. So, after Jesus' confession and the subsequent guilty verdict from the religious elite, they spent... Continue Reading →

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