May 8, 2021
DAY 126: JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR
Today’s journey through the book of Mark takes us through the last hours of Jesus’ life on earth, His death, His burial, and His resurrection from the grave.
Ask God for His understanding of Mark 15-16. Read Mark 15-16. Let’s journey!
The Book of Mark is the shortest of the four Gospels, and is believed to have been the first. Mark, the author, was not a disciple of Jesus, he was around during the time of Jesus’ earthly ministry and his mother’s home was often a place of gathering for the early church. Mark wrote his gospel, likely with the help of the Apostle Peter, for Gentiles, especially Romans, and it shows Jesus as the ultimate servant and a person of action. Around the time of his writing, Roman Emperor Nero had blamed this new Christian religion for the fire of Rome, which unleashed persecution against the church. It was amongst this era of fear for the new church, in which Mark wrote about the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Mark 15-16: This is the story of the last hours of Jesus’ life on earth. Jesus was taken before the Roman Governor, Pilate, where Jewish leaders sought to have Him executed, although innocent of any crime. Pilate succumbed to the pressure of wanting to protect his position. He surrendered Jesus to Roman soldiers who tormented Him before, finally, crucifying Him. Jesus was buried, remaining at rest throughout the Sabbath day. On Sunday, Jesus’ grave was found empty, for He had risen from the dead, establishing Himself as Savior of the world! Jesus appeared to many after His resurrection, before ascending to heaven to be with His Father, our Heavenly Father. Jesus is risen!! (Mark 15:1-16:20)
As you read chapters 15 and 16 of Mark, consider the following: The Gospels are about sharing the “Good News” with everyone we encounter throughout our life’s journey. We are not to dwell with sin but we are to share the “Good News” with sinners. Have you shared the “Good News” with someone lately? What have you learned today that you can share with someone you know?
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