MarkÈs gospel culminates with JesusÈ death, burial, and resurrection as we find the answer to MarkÈs guiding question as to who Jesus is: the Son of God
With the cross in view, Jesus models suffering through prayer, anguish, and communion with God.
Like a fig tree that has the appearance of fruit but does not bear any, we see Jesus march into the temple and respond to His people whose lives donÈt match their appearance of holiness.
From two different accounts in Mark, we learn that God wants His people satisfied by and in pursuit of Him.
As followers of Jesus, we cannot pick and choose what parts of Jesus’ teaching we want to embrace…He is His message and so we must hold onto all of it.
Jesus foreshadows his death and, in doing so, shows how the cross will give His followers a new way of looking at themselves and the world.
We affirm that God still can and does heal today, and when we cry out to Him for that healing, we show our faith in a God who still shows His compassion on His children by reaching out to them in a similar way.
Are our hearts the type of hearts that can receive God’s Word and allow it to grow?
Christ comes so that we can be named Son or Daughter, not because we earned any sort of titles, but because we cannot earn them.