Mark XXIV: Preparing for Jesus' Death - Mark 14:1-26

The first part of Mark 14 pulls us back out of the cosmic, all-encompassing events that would turn the world upside down in Mark 13 into the small-scale personal decisions that lead up to the arrest of Jesus. Taken together, the message of verses 1-26 is that preparing for the Passover and preparing for Jesus’ death is one and the same thing. Jesus presents His death as a new Passover, one that fulfills the original Passover and causes it to overflow with new meaning.The joint celebration of the Passover and Feast of Unleavened Bread was an exciting time, but also…

Posted on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 by CJ Bowen

Mark XXIII: The Destruction of the Temple - Mark 13:1-37

It’s ironic that one of the places in all the Bible where people have most frequently been led astray has been Mark 13, where Jesus told His disciples not to be led astray. Many false prophets and misled teachers have taught that Mark 13 was about the future end of the world, when Jesus said that the things He was telling His disciples about, especially the utter destruction of the temple, would take place before their generation passed away. And so in order not to be led astray, we need to pay careful attention to what Jesus says in Mark 13.In…

Posted on Wednesday, September 05, 2018 by CJ Bowen

Mark XXII: Questions for the Teacher - Mark 12:13-44

When Jesus faced a series of tough questions from the religious leaders at the temple, He was being set up by people who hated His guts and were looking for a way to destroy Him. Their questions were designed either to get Jesus to commit to a course of insurrection so that they could hand him over to Rome, or to undermine His legitimacy and popularity as a teacher so that the Sanhedrin could move against Him without fearing the crowds. If Jesus failed this exam, they were going to kill him.As His visit to the temple unfolds, Jesus answers…

Posted on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 by CJ Bowen