Category Archives: Mark

Matthew 28:1-20; Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24:1-12; John 20:1-18 — The One who is always with us

A couple of notes on the resurrection.  I think I will be cutting out Mark 16:9-20 from my commentary since it is considered by most scholars to not be in the original text.  It was apparently added on to Mark … Continue reading

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Matthew 27:32-61; Mark 15:24-47; Luke 23:32-56; John 19:18-42 — That scripture would be fulfilled

One thing that becomes crystal clear as we look at these passages is that Christ’s death was no accident.  It was no mistake on the part of God.  Rather, he had planned it from the beginning of time for our … Continue reading

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Matthew 27:45-54; Mark 15:33-39; Luke 23:44-49; John 19:28-30 — Paid in full

If there is one thing I hate to do, it’s pay taxes.  Every year, I have to go down to the tax office to declare my income, and then a month later, I collect my refund…only to have to give … Continue reading

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Matthew 27:38, 44; Mark 15:27, 32; Luke 23:32-33, 39-43; John 19:18 — Railing at God, humbling ourselves before him

This is one of the most famous stories from the cross.  Along with Jesus, two robbers were crucified by his side.  And at first, both mocked him.  In the ESV, it says One of the criminals who were hanged railed … Continue reading

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Matthew 27:33-37; Mark 15:22-26; Luke 23:38; John 19:18-22 — What has been written

The interaction between Pilate and the chief priests is very interesting.  Pilate put up the “charge” against Jesus, calling him the “King of the Jews.” The priests immediately went up to Pilate, asking him to change it to, “He claimed … Continue reading

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Matthew 27:31-32; Mark 15:20-21; Luke 23:26; John 19:16-17 — If we were forced to bear the cross Christ bore

We know very little of this man of Cyrene, this Simon.  It is conjectured that he is the father of the Rufus mentioned in Romans 16:13, the only other Rufus mentioned in the Bible. In all probability, he was a … Continue reading

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Matthew 27:11-26; Mark 15:1-15; Luke 23:1-25; John 18-19 — When we have nothing to stand on

I will start by saying that it’s a bit hard to harmonize these passages.  Here’s how I see it, but I encourage you to look at it yourself, and come to your own conclusions. The priests and council members bring … Continue reading

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Matthew 26:57-68; Mark 14:53-65; Luke 22:63-71 — The ultimate question

The trial of Jesus was an atrocity on many levels.  Among them, the priests and Sanhedrin knew Jesus was innocent.  Yet because of their jealousy and hatred of Jesus, they were desperate to find a reason to kill him. Jewish … Continue reading

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Matthew 26:47-56; Mark 14:43-52; Luke 22:47-53; John 18:1-12 — Power and authority, mercy and grace

In this passage, there are three things I see in Jesus. 1.  His power and authority.  Though surrounded by his enemies, he was in total command of the situation.  Standing to face his enemies, he asked them, “Who are you … Continue reading

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Matthew 26:36-46; Mark 14:32-42; Luke 22:39-46 — When my will is not God’s will

There are times in our lives when we go through trials and suffering.  It may be an illness.  It may be family troubles because of our Christian faith.  It may be problems in our ministry.  And so we pray for … Continue reading

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Matthew 26:36-46; Mark 14:32-42; Luke 22:39-46; John 18:1 — Weak

Nobody ever said Satan fights fair.  And he doesn’t.  When he sees us in our weakness, whether it be physically or emotionally, he will attack. You see this in these passages.  When Jesus and his disciples arrived at the Garden … Continue reading

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Matthew 26:31-35; Mark 14:27-31; Luke 22:31-34; John 13:36-38 — A God who knows our weakness, and accepts us anyway

When Jesus told the disciples that he was leaving for a place they could not follow, it must have really troubled them.  He was their teacher, and they couldn’t imagine life without him. As usual, it was Peter who spoke … Continue reading

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Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 14:22-26; Luke 22:14-20 — Pictures of the cross

The Old Testament is rich with pictures of Christ.  And in this passage, we see the fulfillment of them in Christ. The disciples were having the Passover meal, and after the first cup of wine, Jesus pulled out a piece … Continue reading

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Matthew 26:20-25; Mark 14:17-21; Luke 22:21-23; John 13:18-30 — Betrayal

As I’ve mentioned before, harmonizing these passages is a little tough.  One question is whether Judas participated in the first communion.  Luke seems to imply so, while the other gospel writers seem to say Judas didn’t.  It’s just my opinion, … Continue reading

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Matthew 26:1-19; Mark 14:12-16; Luke 22:7-13 — Room for the master

Jesus’ final public appearances (of his own volition, anyway) are now over.  And he now knows that the time of his arrest and crucifixion is close at hand.  But before that happens, Jesus prepares to have one last meal with his … Continue reading

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Matthew 26:1-16; Mark 14:1-11; John 12:1-11 — True love, false love

Here we see a stark contrast in love.  One person’s love came from the heart.  The other’s came only for what profited him. Jesus was in Bethany having dinner at the house of a man named Simon.  Lazarus, Mary, and … Continue reading

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Matthew 24:36-51; Mark 13:32-37; Luke 21:34-36 — Being ready whenever

There are a lot of people concerned about when Jesus will return.  And over the years, many people have predicted when he will come back.  I remember back in my high school days, a book came out called, “88 reasons … Continue reading

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Matthew 24; Mark 13; Luke 21:5-38 — Until our Lord returns

The Lord talks a lot about the events that will occur before he returns.  And the thing that you get from all he says is that things will get worse before he returns.  A lot worse.  There will be wars, … Continue reading

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Matthew 24:1-35; Mark 13:1-31; Luke 21:5-33 — A sign of things to come

I mentioned in my last blog that this is one of the more difficult passages in scripture, and part of the difficulty comes in the harmonizing of it.  Jesus had just told the disciples that the temple was going to … Continue reading

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Matthew 24:1-2; Mark 13:1-2; Luke 21:5-6 — When our temple becomes corrupt

We now come to one of the more difficult passages in scripture.  I want to say straight off that if you’re hoping to get all the answers for what all this means, I don’t have them.  There are other people … Continue reading

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Mark 12:41-44; Luke 21:1-4 — What God is looking for

After the blistering criticism Jesus gave the Pharisees, he settled back, and quietly started to watch the people walking past the place where offerings were put. A number of rich people walked past, and with great ceremony dumped in large … Continue reading

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Matthew 23:1-12; Mark 12:38-40; Luke 20:45-47 — A wrong view of leadership

What is leadership?  What is leadership not? In a scathing criticism of the Pharisees and teachers of the law, Jesus gives us insight into what true leadership is about. He first warned the disciples and the crowds, The teachers of … Continue reading

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Matthew 22:41-46; Mark 12:35-37; Luke 20:41-44 — Son of David, Son of God

Perhaps tiring of the hypocrisy of those questioning him, Jesus posed his own question to them that ultimately shut them up.  He said, What do you think about the Christ?  Whose son is he?  (Matthew 22:42a) This was an easy … Continue reading

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Matthew 22:34-40; Mark 12:28-34 — What we need to understand to enter the kingdom

Of all the people that had come to question Jesus, there was one that seemed to be impressed with what Jesus had to say.  And so he asked Jesus, Of all the commandments, which is the most important?  (Mark 12:28) … Continue reading

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Matthew 22:23-33; Mark 12:18-27; Luke 20:27-40 — When we fail to understand the scriptures and the power of God

There’s a children’s song that humorously describes the Sadducees.  It says, “I don’t wanna be a Sadducee, ’cause a Sadducee is ‘sad, you see?’” Yes, I know, a very bad joke.  🙂 Nevertheless, they were a sad bunch of people … Continue reading

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Matthew 22:15-22; Mark 12:13-17; Luke 20:20-26 — Giving to God what is his

I hate paying taxes.  When March rolls around (tax time in Japan), it’s not so bad in that I actually get money back (after the pain of filling out all the tax forms).  But when June rolls around, that’s when … Continue reading

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Matthew 21:33-46; Mark 12:1-12; Luke 20:9-19 — When we reject the one on whom all things rest

After nailing the leaders for their unbelief, he then told a parable warning them of what would happen if they didn’t repent. And the start of it is very similar to Isaiah 5 in which God describes a vineyard that … Continue reading

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Matthew 21:23-32; Mark 11:27-33; Luke 20:1-8 — When you’re too proud to admit you’re wrong

It’s hard to admit when we’re wrong.  I know I struggle with it at times.  The reason?  Pride.  It takes a great deal of humility to simply say, “I was wrong.” But if we want relationships that last, relationships with others … Continue reading

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Matthew 21:18-22; Mark 11:20-25 — How much faith do I have?

Faith.  It’s something I must admit I struggle with, particularly in prayer.  When I pray, do I pray in faith?  And what does it mean? When the tree Jesus withered, the disciples were amazed and asked how it could wither … Continue reading

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Matthew 21:12-22; Mark 11:11-25; Luke 19:45-48 — Fruitless

This is a story where it is a little hard to understand the actions of Jesus.  Why would he curse a tree that wasn’t bearing fruit though it was not even the season for it? There does tend to be … Continue reading

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Matthew 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19:28-44; John 12:12-19 — What would bring us peace

Lots going on in these passages, and as you look at all four gospels, you really get an idea of the frenzy going on due to Jesus’ entrance in Jerusalem.  People are shouting, Hosanna to the Son of David!”  “Blessed is … Continue reading

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Matthew 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19:28-40; John 12:12-16 — The Lord needs it

We have now reached the home stretch of the life of Jesus, his final week. As I read this passage, one phrase struck me.  Jesus was instructing his disciples to do something very unusual, to go into the village, and … Continue reading

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Matthew 20-29-34; Mark 10:46-52; Luke 18:35-43 — Looking beyond ourselves

As I read the story of Bartimaeus and his friend, what strikes me is the incredible compassion and love Jesus had for people. Here Jesus is, headed for the cross, and his closest friends, despite all he’s told him, still … Continue reading

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Matthew 20:20-28; Mark 10:35-45 — A totally different attitude

As I mentioned in my last blog, though Jesus had been as crystal clear with the disciples as he possibly could, they still didn’t get it.  They still didn’t get why he was there, and what was facing them.  Because … Continue reading

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Matthew 20:17-19; Mark 10:32-34; Luke 18:31-34 — Failing to see what is clear

As I look at this particular story, it is the last phrase in Luke’s account that strikes me. The disciples did not understand any of this.  Its meaning was hidden from them, and they did not know what he was … Continue reading

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Matthew 19:27-30; Mark 10:28-31; Luke 18:28-30 — Is it worth it?

Is it really worth it to follow Christ?  That was the question the rich young ruler had to face.  Unfortunately, he decided that it wasn’t. Peter too asked himself the same question.  “I’ve given up everything to follow after Jesus. … Continue reading

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Mark 10:21-22 — Loving people enough to tell the truth

It would be easy to think that Jesus was being mean by throwing out such an impossible challenge to the young ruler who wanted so desperately to enter the kingdom of God.  Who at least to some degree was quite zealous … Continue reading

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Matthew 19:16-26; Mark 10:17-27, Luke 18:18-27 — The impossibility of salvation

My religion professor in university brought up this story when talking about Christianity.  His point?  “If you want eternal life, you have to sell everything you have.” Which shows the fallacy of not looking at a scripture in its context, … Continue reading

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Matthew 19:13-15; Mark 10:13-16; Luke 18:15-17 — Like a child

When Jesus rebuked his disciples for trying to chase the children away, he said to them, Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.  I tell … Continue reading

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Matthew 19:13-15; Mark 10:13-16; Luke 18:15-17 — The God of the “insignificant”

As a father, I really love my daughter, but I have to admit there are times when she can be annoying.  Particularly when I’m trying to do something, sometimes important, sometimes not, and she desperately wants my attention. It’s so … Continue reading

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Matthew 19:1-12; Mark 10:1-12 — When our spouse is hardened against us

I’ve mentioned before our need as a husband or wife to search our hearts.  To see if there is any way in which we have hardened our hearts to God, or to our spouse.  This is important for any marriage, … Continue reading

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Matthew 19:1-12; Mark 10:1-12 — When we harden our hearts toward God and our spouse

It’s kind of interesting looking at the gospels and trying to harmonize them sometimes.  I don’t know if I’m harmonizing Matthew and Mark well here, but it’s amusing to look at these passages this way. Pharisees:  “Is it lawful to … Continue reading

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Matthew 19:1-12; Mark 10:1-12 — Why divorce hurts so much

Divorce is one of those touchy topics that is difficult to deal with, if only because of the emotions and hurt that is often involved.  But considering the social climate we’re in, in which marriages fall apart at such a … Continue reading

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Matthew 18:21-35; Mark 9:49-50 — Seasoned with mercy, seasoned with fire

It’s been interesting putting all the accounts of this one discourse into one place.  But let us go back once more to the start of it:  an argument between the disciples about who was the greatest.  And probably during the … Continue reading

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Mark 9:38-41; Luke 9:49-50 — Pride in ministry

As Jesus taught his disciples about what it meant to be great in God’s kingdom, it must have caused some unease in their hearts.  Not only because of how they had been treating each other, but because of how they … Continue reading

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Matthew 18:6-14; Mark 9:42-48 — How God sees our children

In his discourse on greatness in the kingdom of heaven, Jesus also makes it very clear how God feels about children. First, he gives us a warning.  “Don’t do things that would cause a child to sin.” If that isn’t … Continue reading

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Matthew 18:1-9; Mark 9:33-37; Luke 9:46-48 — The greatest

I think something that gives me hope as I look at how much I have yet to grow as a Christian, is to look at Jesus’ disciples, and how much patience Jesus had to have with them. One day, as … Continue reading

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Matthew 17:22-23; Mark 9:30-32; Luke 9:43-45 — Afraid to ask

In this passage, we see the second time in which Jesus speaks plainly to his disciples about what was going to happen to him in Jerusalem.  He couldn’t have been more clear. He said, “Listen carefully to what I am … Continue reading

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Matthew 17:14-20; Mark 9:14-29; Luke 9:37-43 — Where is our faith?

Where is my faith? That’s a question I have to ask myself far too often in the sense of, “Why don’t I trust God more?” But it’s also a question I need to ask myself in terms of “Where am … Continue reading

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Matthew 17:1-13; Mark 9:2-13; Luke 9:28-36 — Listen to Him!

This is one of the more interesting passages in the Gospels, and it comes at an interesting time. Jesus has just shattered his disciples’ ideas of what Messiah is supposed to be, and they’re wondering what in the world does … Continue reading

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Matthew 16:24-28; Mark 8:34-9:1; Luke 9:23-27 — What’s really important

What are you living for?  What are you seeking in life? Comfort?  Money?  Things? Here Jesus challenges us to really consider our priorities.  He told his disciples and would-be disciples something really difficult. If anyone would come after me, he … Continue reading

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Matthew 16:21-23; Mark 8:31-33; Luke 9:22 — A stumbling block to Christ

A lot of times we hear how we shouldn’t be stumbling blocks to other Christians.  And of course, we often hear about how Christ is a stumbling block to those who reject him. But how often are we stumbling blocks to Christ, … Continue reading

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Matthew 16:13-16, 20; Mark 8:27-30; Luke 9:18-21 — The most important question

By now, Jesus was about halfway through his ministry, and was starting to look toward the cross.  But as he did, he wanted his disciples to really think about who he was.  Was he just a prophet?  Was he just … Continue reading

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Mark 8:22-26 — Blind

My father lost his sight after an accident in which he fell and his glasses broke into his eyes.  I kind of think that the man in this story also was once able to see, but through some disease or accident … Continue reading

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Matthew 15:29-39, 16:1-12; Mark 8:1-21 — Legalism and worldliness

I’ve mentioned more than once in this blog the need to test everything that we hear, whether it’s from the pulpit, from the radio or a podcast, from a book, or from wherever you hear people teaching the Word of … Continue reading

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Matthew 15:29-31; Mark 7:31-37 — Bringing people to Jesus

In these two passages, we see the great popularity of Jesus because of his healing ministry.  What strikes me as I read them is that most people didn’t come to Jesus on their own for healing.  Rather, it was others that brought … Continue reading

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Matthew 15:21-28; Mark 7:24-30 — Persistence, humility, and faith

One wonders exactly what Jesus was thinking throughout this conversation with this woman, and in what kind of tone did he speak to her. Jesus, after his confrontation with the Jews, actually left the confines of Israel and went to … Continue reading

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Matthew 15:10-20; Mark 7:14-23 — What is truly unclean

I think a lot of times, when people look at the laws of Moses, they wonder about why the Jews had all these laws about what is clean and unclean.  For the most part, from a practical standpoint, they seemed to be … Continue reading

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Matthew 15:1-9; Mark 7:1-13 — The standard for our lives

On what do you base your values?  This is an important question because your values will influence your decisions. For the Pharisees, the Law of Moses and the words of the prophets were very important.  But for them, something else … Continue reading

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Matthew 15:1-14; Mark 7:1-15 — Leaving behind blind guides

Here we see another confrontation between Jesus and the Pharisees.  Because Jesus’ disciples did not wash their hands in the ceremonial way prescribed by Jewish tradition, the Pharisees criticized them and Jesus as well for letting his disciples get away with such a “travesty.” … Continue reading

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Matthew 14:22-36; Mark 6:45-56; John 6:16-21 — Doubting Jesus

As I was looking through the three gospel accounts of this story, there are a lot of things that struck me. First, the balance that Jesus kept in his life.  That though he would often sacrifice his needs to meet the … Continue reading

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Matthew 14:13-21; Mark 6:30-44; Luke 9:10-17; John 6:5-13 — Though we may have little…

I have probably read or heard this passage a billion times, so it’s always exciting when God gives me a new way of looking at a passage. Jesus’ disciples had just come back from their mission trip, and were probably … Continue reading

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Matthew 14:1-12; Mark 6:14-29; Luke 9:7-9 — I respect you, but…

As I look at this passage, Herod is a puzzle to me.  He apparently wasn’t happy with John the Baptist when John condemned him for taking his (that is, Herod’s) brother’s wife and marrying her.  It’s possible he would never have done … Continue reading

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Matthew 10-11:1; Mark 6:6-13, 30; Luke 9:1-6, 10 — Discipleship: The spiritual and the practical

Happy Resurrection Sunday people west of Japan!  🙂  I hope you enjoy yours as much as I did mine.  I’m now back blogging after a short one day break. Anyway, as I look at how Jesus discipled his men, he … Continue reading

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Matthew 10:1-4; Mark 6:6-7; Luke 9:1-2 — A tare in the wheatfield

As I look at this passage, for some reason, Judas sticks out to me.  Jesus called his 12 disciples to go out and minister to the people of Israel.  Look at what he did.  He gave them the authority to … Continue reading

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Matthew 13:53-58; Mark 6:1-6 — When people we love refuse our testimony

I mentioned before that there were two times Jesus was amazed.  The first time was when he saw a Roman centurion’s great faith (Matthew 8:5-13). The second time was here.  Jesus, by this point, had become well known throughout the … Continue reading

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Matthew 9:18-26; Mark 5:21-43; Luke 8:41-56 — The God who cleanses and raises the dead

When you look throughout the Old Testament, particularly the law of Moses, you see the concept of “clean” and “unclean” a lot.  Namely, things that the Jews were to avoid and things Jews were allowed to come into contact with. … Continue reading

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Matthew 8:28-34; Mark 5:1-20; Luke 8:26-39 — Set free

A very bizarre story to say the least.  Here, Jesus and his disciples come to the other side of the lake following the storm, and when they do, they immediately come across two demon possessed men.  (One wonders why only … Continue reading

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Matthew 8:23-27; Mark 4:35-41; Luke 8:22-25 — Our faith

I look at Jesus’ words, “O you of little faith,” and I can’t help but think that if he were to see me now, he would say the same thing.  “O Bruce, why do you have so little faith?” Think … Continue reading

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Matthew 13:44-46 — The joy of salvation

I read a story recently of a couple in California that were walking through their garden and found a can sticking out from under their tree.  When they took a careful look, they found a number of gold coins in it.  … Continue reading

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Matthew 13:34-35; Mark 4:33-34 — The qualities of a good teacher

I have been teaching English for the last 19 years, and have been teaching the Bible in some way, shape, or form for the last 27, going back to my high school days. But  as long as I have been … Continue reading

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Matthew 13:33; Luke 13:20-21 — Transformed

I’m not a baker, but Jesus gives an illustration about God’s kingdom that even non-bakers can understand. When a baker makes bread, he puts a bit of yeast in the dough.  What does the yeast do?  Two things.  First, it … Continue reading

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Matthew 13:31-32; Mark 4:30-32; Luke 13:18-19 — Starting small

I love the vividness of the pictures Jesus paints as he tells stories. As he talks about God’s kingdom, he talks about how the mustard seed, though it is extremely small, grows into tree in which birds can find shade … Continue reading

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Mark 4:26-29 — The seed of the kingdom

I think this parable is very similar in meaning to the last one.  As I said before, while we may plant the word of God in people’s hearts, only God can make it grow.  Many times, the growth is happening, … Continue reading

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Matthew 13:1-23; Mark 4:1-20; Luke 8:1-15 — Planting the seed

As I looked back on the last blog, there was one last point that occurred to me that I want to put here. So often, I think of the farmer as Jesus.  But I think it’s equally if not even … Continue reading

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Matthew 13:1-23; Mark 4:1-20; Luke 8:1-15 — The state of our hearts

This is the first full on parable we hear from Jesus, although he did give numerous illustrations to explain his points on previous occasions. Here he gives a picture of a farmer scattering his seed along the ground.  It wasn’t, … Continue reading

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Matthew 13:1-23; Mark 4:1-25; Luke 8:1-18 — Eyes to see, ears to hear

One of Jesus’ favorite phrases was, He who has ears to hear, let him hear.  (Luke 8:8) You see this admonition in the gospels, and you also see it in Revelation. What did Jesus mean? When Jesus told his parables, … Continue reading

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Matthew 12:22-32; Mark 3:22-30; Luke 11:17-23 — The danger of hardening our hearts

In this passage, we see another confrontation between the Pharisees and Jesus.  A blind and mute man was brought to Jesus, apparently because of demon possession.  Jesus cast out the demon, and immediately, the man could talk and see. Everyone … Continue reading

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Matthew 12:46-50; Mark 3:20-21, 31-35; Luke 8:19-21 — Closer than family

It can be painful to be misunderstood by those we love.  I’ve mentioned before that Jesus experienced that in the temple when he was 12.  His own parents didn’t understand him. Here again, we see his family not understanding him.  … Continue reading

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Matthew 12:15-21; Mark 3:7-19, Luke 6:12-16 — Called to be with him, called to go out

In these passages, we see the increasing popularity of Jesus, and perhaps it was because of these increasingly great crowds and their needs that Jesus decided to choose 12 people as his trained disciples. As a man, Jesus was limited … Continue reading

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Matthew 4:18-22; Mark 1:16-20; Luke 5:1-11 — Called to follow

I do have to back up in time a bit.  I just noticed I missed some crucial passages, namely where Jesus first calls the fishermen to follow him.  (I’m sure this won’t be the last time I skip something by … Continue reading

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Matthew 12:9-14; Mark 3:1-6; Luke 6:6-11 — What grieves Jesus

This is one of those stories where each of the gospels gives us a little piece of the puzzle to what happened.  Here’s my take on the whole story taking into account each of the stories. Jesus was in the … Continue reading

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Matthew 12:1-8; Mark 2:23-28; Luke 6:1-5 — Condemning the innocent

We have already seen in John the problems the religious leaders had with Jesus for “breaking” the Sabbath.  Actually, all he did was break the rules that they had added to God’s original commandment to keep the Sabbath. Here again, … Continue reading

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Matthew 9:14-17; Mark 2:18-22; Luke 5:33-39 — For God to use you

One thing that the religious leaders always seemed to be trying to do was to pit John the Baptist versus Jesus.  And John’s disciples fell for it every time.  First, these leaders pointed out to John’s disciples that Jesus was … Continue reading

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Matthew 9:10-13; Mark 2:15-17; Luke 5:29-32 — Mercy-givers

Here we see a big difference between Jesus and the religious leaders of the day.  A heart of mercy. Matthew was so excited to be called by Jesus, that he immediately invited Jesus to a great banquet with him and … Continue reading

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Matthew 9:9; Mark 2:13-14; Luke 5:27-28 — Never beyond redemption

I love these passages because it teaches us one thing.  We’re never so far gone that God’s love can’t reach us. One day, Jesus was walking past the tax collecting booth of a man named Matthew.  I kind of wonder … Continue reading

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Matthew 9:2-8; Mark 2:1-12; Luke 5:18-26 — The power to forgive

Who was this Jesus?  Just a great religious teacher?  A good, moral man?  A miracle worker?  Or something more? From this passage, we can see that Jesus was something much more.  Jesus was back in Capernaum where he had made … Continue reading

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Matthew 8:2-4; Mark 1:40-45; Luke 5:12-16 — The One who cleanses

I love the compassion of Jesus that we see in this passage.  A man covered with leprosy came to Jesus, begging him, Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.  (Matthew 8:2) Being leprous back in those days … Continue reading

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Matthew 4:23-25; Mark 1:35-39; Luke 4:42-44 — Recharging, refocusing

When Jesus started his ministry, he went all out, touching as many people as he could, spending the whole day doing his Father’s will. But one thing that he never did was burn out.  I’ve been through burnout in ministry … Continue reading

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Matthew 8:14-16; Mark 1:29-34; Luke 4:38-41 — The One who heals

Here we catch a glimpse of the healing ministry of Jesus as it kicks into full gear.  It starts with Jesus visiting Peter’s home, and healing Peter’s mother-in-law.  It strikes me here that this was the first time Jesus healed … Continue reading

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Mark 1:21-28; Luke 4:31-37 — Authority

What makes Jesus different from all the other great religious leaders that started major religions?  There are many things, of course, first and foremost the fact that Jesus is God, and that he rose from the dead.  All the others … Continue reading

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Matthew 4:12-17; Mark 1:14-15; Luke 4:14-15 — A light in the darkness

I mentioned yesterday the question of why God allowed John the Baptist to go to prison.  We don’t know for sure, but perhaps one reason was to get people’s eyes off of John and solely on to Jesus. For right … Continue reading

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Matthew 4; Mark 1; Luke 4 — Following the Father

Happy New Year all! I suppose there’s no better way to start the year then remembering who we are to follow heading into the New Year.  It’s the person whom Jesus followed while he walked this earth, and you see … Continue reading

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Matthew 3; Mark 1; Luke 3; John 1 — Loved by the Father, Filled with the Spirit

During the time that John was baptizing multitudes of people, Jesus also came up to him to be baptized.  I wonder just how well John knew Jesus and exactly who he was when he did.  How much did his parents … Continue reading

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Matthew 3; Mark 1; Luke 3; John 1 — Telling it like it is

Just a few notes.  First, as I’m on vacation and am staying at my in-laws’ house, my ability to get on the internet is a tad restricted, so I may or may not be able to blog every day this … Continue reading

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