Category Archives : Mark


The Gospel of Mark

Read: Mark 1:1
We begin this morning a new series of sermons on the Gospel of Mark. I want briefly to explain my choice, having finished, as you may remember, a long series, more than two years of mornings sermons, on the Gospel of Matthew a lit…


Preparing the Way for Jesus

As we read the opening paragraph – or most of it, for it extends to v. 13 – be aware that it serves as a prologue to the Gospel. One of the indications of this is the use of certain important terms that figure prominently here, but not in the remaind…


Behold the Man

Last Lord’s Day morning we commented on the first eight verses of the Gospel. We will read them again this morning because they set the stage for the dramatic introduction of Gospel’s principal character in v. 9. We pointed out last time that the fir…


Followers of Jesus

We know from the Gospel of John that after the Lord’s baptism and temptation he remained for a time in Judea and engaged in a ministry that overlapped with that of John the Baptist. Upon John’s imprisonment, however, Jesus returned to Galilee and it …


The Supernatural

In the remainder of chapter 1 we are going to be given a representative sampling of the Lord’s ministry. We have in short order, an exorcism, the driving out of a demon, scenes of Jesus healing the sick, and of his preaching and teaching. It is preci…


Healings and HEALING

After a month away, we return to the Gospel of Mark and take up our reading at 1:29. Remember, the Lord has just driven an evil spirit out of a man in the synagogue in Capernaum, amazing the people with his authority. We are now to be given several a…


A Picture of Salvation

Text Comment
We read at the end of chapter 1 that Jesus had to remain in the lonely places because of the clamor of the crowds that were following him and, especially to forestall a confrontation with the authorities should it be widely proclaim…


The Great Divide

Text Comment
As we said last time, in regard to the exchange between Jesus and the teachers of the law in the previous paragraph, this series of short paragraphs in chapter 2 record successive incidents that reveal a growing rift between Jesus a…


Loving God’s Law

We are in the middle of a series of short narratives describing conflict between the Lord Jesus and the religious leadership. They have complained about his arrogating to himself the authority to forgive sins – his power to work miracles notwithstand…


Hatred of Jesus

Text Comment

v.2

It is, apparently, the synagogue in Capernaum once again, the same place where some weeks before and also on a Sabbath he had driven an evil spirit out of a man. In any case, the Pharisees were already off…