Monthly Archives: March 2016

Roman “Justice” on Display

Mark 15:1-20 Parallel Texts: Matthew 27:11-30; Luke 23:2-25; John 18:28-19:16 As usual, Mark is pithy, and a more complete version is available in the other accounts. The main thing that Mark conveys about this whole situation of Jesus before Pilate … Continue reading

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Looking for an Excuse

There’s an old saying about excuses. OK, well maybe it isn’t all that old, but it’s a pretty good one, at least I think it is a good one. True it isn’t famous or anything… fine, you got me, but … Continue reading

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In the Garden

Today, more than most days, is about a garden.  It was a garden where the great event took place, the event that both confirmed and changed everything, for you see, that garden tomb is empty!  In a sense, our rebirth … Continue reading

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Final Hours Together

Mark briefly describes the time Jesus spent with the disciples after their last meal together, quite a contrast with the several chapters John gave to the  “Farewell Discourse.” Mark breaks this into three short scenes: Jesus Predicts Peter’s Denial Mark … Continue reading

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The Last Supper

Mark 14:12-26 Parallel Texts: Matthew 26:17-25; Luke 22:7-18, 21-23; John 13:22-26 Mark, as was his custom, approaches this subject with an economy of words, with verses 12-16 being about Jesus’ instructions for preparations, followed by a brief description of their … Continue reading

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Incident in Bethany

Mark 14:1-11 Parallel Texts: Matthew 26:1-5, 14-16; Luke 22:1-6; John 12:2-8 This scene takes place on Tuesday night, Wednesday morning by the Jewish reckoning, in Jerusalem and Bethany. In Jerusalem, the Jewish authorities scheme and plot their knavish plans; they … Continue reading

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Naked Before God

We have come to the point in our study of nakedness as a metaphor in Scripture where there is really nothing left to do except to dive into the metaphor itself. By this time, you should be clear that in … Continue reading

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