Mark XXVIII: Trembling and Astonishment - Mark 16:1-8

Maybe the most shocking thing about the end of Mark’s gospel is what’s missing. V. 6 tells us that the biggest thing that’s missing is Jesus – “He is not here!” the young man says. Jesus is gone from the tomb. He no longer lies crucified, dead, and buried. He’s been raised, and He cannot be found among the dead. The resurrection of Jesus is the most shocking event in the history of the world.But here’s another surprising thing that’s missing from the end of Mark’s gospel: any expectation of resurrection on the part of the disciples! Verses 1-2 tell…

Posted on Friday, October 19, 2018 by CJ Bowen

Mark XXVII: The Crucified King - Mark 15:16-47

Irony has been scattered throughout the gospel of Mark, but at the end it’s everywhere: Jesus’ enemies constantly mock and scorn Him, and yet they keep uttering more truth than they know. In Mark’s account of the crucifixion in 15:16-47, Jesus is repeatedly scorned by both Gentiles and Jews for being a mockery of a king at the very moment of His greatest kingly act. They do not see that the only king who can save the world is the crucified king.To them, a crucified king is an embarrassment, and so the charge that is inscribed above His head forms…

Posted on Wednesday, October 03, 2018 by CJ Bowen

Mark XXVI: Jesus Condemned - Mark 14:53-15:15

When we get to Mark 15:15, Jesus has been condemned to die, and Pilate hands Him over to be crucified. But Jesus had already been condemned for a long time before Pilate grants the crowd’s bloodthirsty demand. From 14:53-15:15, Mark records two courtroom scenes sandwiched around the sad third act of the disciples’ betrayal, apostasy, and now Peter’s denial. The first scene is a hearing in search of a charge, and the second is not so much a trial as it is a verdict that stops by the courthouse for a rubber stamp on the way to Skull Hill.At the…

Posted on Thursday, September 27, 2018 by CJ Bowen