Mark XVI: Servant of All - Mark 9:14-50

The difference between the faithlessness of the disciples and the faithfulness of Jesus even unto death is the made clear by Jesus’ teaching in Mark 9:35: “If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.” The disciples don’t want to be servants; they want to be in charge. They want to command demons, rather than praying to God for deliverance. They want to be the greatest, rather than taking the lower place. They want to silence others who speak for Jesus, claiming that honor for themselves. They want to lead others as they follow Jesus,The…

Posted on Thursday, July 05, 2018 by CJ Bowen

Mark XV: "You are the Christ" - Mark 8:27-9:13

Who is Jesus? Everybody’s been asking, and all sorts of answers have been given. Now Jesus is the one who asks, and the answer changes everything. In 8:29, Peter speaks for the disciples to identify Jesus as the Christ, and in 9:7, God speaks from the glory cloud to identify Jesus as His beloved Son. His ministry in these first eight chapters of Mark has manifested His identity; and now the Messiah must carry out His mission.The first set of responses that Jesus gets identifies Jesus as a prophet, and this shows that Israel sees men like trees walking. They…

Posted on Friday, June 29, 2018 by CJ Bowen

Mark XIV: All Things Well - Mark 7:24-8:26

After Jesus broke down the cleanliness barrier between Jew and Gentile, He then leads His disciples into Gentile territory to spread His ministry to the nations, performing healings, exorcisms, and a miraculous feeding. Do His disciples understand what He’s doing, or even what it means for who He is? Are their ears and eyes working?When Jesus goes to Tyre, He’s actually more of a refugee than a missionary. Ever since He attracted Herod’s attention, He’s been on the move, and after He challenges the Pharisees on the clean/unclean question, He leaves Jewish territory altogether. He tries to hide away under…

Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 by CJ Bowen