Mark 15(16–41)

Introduction In recent weeks we've read about the time when the Lord was eating with his friends; and a woman came into the room and poured expensive perfume over the Lord's head in order -- he said -- to prepare his body for burial. And we read about the last supper when the Lord took … Continue reading Mark 15(16–41)

Mark 15(01–15)

Introduction As we studied the end of Mark 14 last week I said that in many ways it was the fulfilment of what the Lord said in earlier parts of the gospel. Hadn't he foretold how he would suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the … Continue reading Mark 15(01–15)

Mark 14(43–72)

Introduction In some ways, today's passage from Mark's gospel is the fulfilment of what the Lord said in earlier parts of the gospel. Back in chapter 8, after Peter confessed for the first time that he believed the Lord Jesus is the Christ -- God's Anointed King -- the Lord announced that he would suffer … Continue reading Mark 14(43–72)

Mark 14(12–31)

Introduction It's fitting that we should be studying this passage today, because in this passage we read how the Lord instituted the Lord's Supper, which we're going to share in during today's service of worship. The sacrament which we'll share in today finds its origin in this meal which the Lord Jesus shared with his … Continue reading Mark 14(12–31)

Mark 14(01–11)

Introduction Mark begins chapter 14 by telling us when the events he's about to describe took place. Do you see that in verse 1? He wrote: Now the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread were only two days away.... Now, Mark includes this information for at least two reasons. Firstly, he tells us this … Continue reading Mark 14(01–11)

Mark 13(01–31)

Introduction Mark tells us in verse 1 of today's passage how the Lord was leaving the temple where he had been teaching the people; and one of his disciples couldn't help but do what we do whenever we visit a big city. You know, you're on holiday -- perhaps you're visiting London or Rome or … Continue reading Mark 13(01–31)

Mark 12(38–44)

Introduction When I was on holiday recently, we worshipped in another church; and the minister -- in the course of the sermon -- reminded his congregation of the need believers have for discernment. Believers need to be discerning. He added that this was one of his hobby-horses. You know what a hobby-horse is, don't you? … Continue reading Mark 12(38–44)