Category Archives : Mark (Rayburn)


It is Finished

Last time we considered from the previous paragraphs the crucifixion as an historical event and the repugnance that was felt in those days, by Jew and Gentile alike, to crucifixion as a method of execution. It was the worst possible way to die and it…


Gethsemane

The Lord had told his disciples many times over the past year that he was going to Jerusalem to be arrested and killed. He entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday in a way designed to throw down the gauntlet to the religious authorities and to precipitate t…


Devotion to Christ

We have noted before Mark’s technique of the literary “sandwich” in which he inserts into the middle of one account another narrative and uses the relationship between the outer pieces and the center to make a point without having to spell it out. In…


Jesus is God

The last encounter between Jesus and representatives of the religious leadership had resulted in their abandoning the field. They had been defeated and they knew it. The Lord now turns the tables and asks his adversaries a question. It is a theologic…


Unbelief

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The next long section of Mark’s narrative of the Passion Week is devoted to conversations the Lord had with the religious leadership: the priests, the scribes or teachers of the law, and the elders. There is in fact a series of seve…


A Test Case

For a more complete account of the last year of the Lord’s ministry we must turn to the Gospel of Luke. But Mark gives us one chapter devoted to the months, weeks, and days prior to the Lord’s arrival in Jerusalem at Passover. And in Mark’s shortened…


Faithful Pests

For whatever reason – to escape the meddling harassment of King Herod and the Pharisees or to find time to be with his disciples alone (cf. 9:31) – the Lord left Galilee and walked through what are now parts of Lebanon and Syria. He was, we read in v…


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…


The Great Divide

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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…