John, Day 47.

Day 47.

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, we commit this time to You and give You our full attention, in Jesus’ name Amen.

John 12: 12-19, Palm Sunday, lamb selection day, triumphal entry.

5 days before Passover on the 10th of Nisan, is Palm Sunday, lamb selection day or triumphal entry. This event is recorded in all the 4 gospels. On this day, a Jewish family selects a lamb, takes it home, and looked after it until the 14th day of Nisan to sacrifice it in the temple. On this day, the Lamb of God, entered Jerusalem on a donkey to triumph over sin.

V12- 13, 12 The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. 13 They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”

“Blessed is the king of Israel!”

A great crowd of Israelites came to greet Jesus, waving palm branches as Jesus entered Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives. They shouted the messianic Psalm 118: 25-26, “LORD, save us! LORD, grant us success! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD.’’ Hosanna means, ‘‘save us’’. They demanded Jesus to save them from the Romans. But Jesus came to save them from sin, not from the Romans.

VV14-15, 14 Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, as it is written: 15 “Do not be afraid, Daughter Zion, see, your king is coming, seated on a donkey’s colt.”

Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey to fulfill the prophecy of Zech 9:9, ‘’Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey”. Jesus, the Prince of peace, enter Jersusalem on a donkey, a beast of peace.

V 16, At first his disciples did not understand all this. Only after Jesus was glorified did they realize that these things had been written about him and that these things had been done to him’

His disciples did not understand the significance all these until after Jesus’ death, burial, resurrection, ascension, and glorification.

VV 17-19, 17 Now the crowd that was with him when he called Lazarus from the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to spread the word. 18 Many people, because they had heard that he had performed this sign, went out to meet him. 19 So the Pharisees said to one another, “See, this is getting us nowhere. Look how the whole world has gone after him”

Jesus’ popularity ranking with the Israelites was at an all time high because He raised Lazarus from death after 4 days in the tomb. The Pharisees were envious when they saw Jesus’ popularity with the Israelites.

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, Thank You for Palm Sunday. Thank you for saving us from sin. in Jesus’ name, Amen.

John Day 46

Day 46.

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, once again, we come before You in Your throne of grace. We confessed that we are sinners. Please forgive and have mercy on us, in Jesus’ name, Amen

John 12: 1-11, Anointing of Jesus by Mary of Bethany.

VV 1-3, 1 Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead.2 Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him.3 Then Mary took about a pint[a] of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.

6 days before the Passover, Jesus and His disciples were invited to a dinner hosted by Mary, Marta and Lazarus of Bethany. Marta served. Her love language was service. Mary took an alabaster flask of spikenard, broke it, poured it on Jesus’ feet, and wiped His feet dry with her hair. Mary’s love language was worship. Spikenard, a perfume imported from India, was very expensive, and was worth 300 denarii, almost one year’s wage.

VV 4-6, 4 But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, 5 “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages. “6 He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it.

Judas Iscariot, the betrayer, objected, saying it was a waste of funds, but he was a thief who frequently stole from the coffer and had a bad motive.

VV 7-8, 7 “Leave her alone,” Jesus replied. “It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial. 8 You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me”.

Jesus defended Mary’s action for anointing His body for burial. When Jesus hanged on the cross on Good Friday, Mary’s perfume would be very soothing to Him. Matthew 6:12-13, ‘’When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial. Truly I tell you, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”

VV 9-11, 9 Meanwhile a large crowd of Jews found out that Jesus was there and came, not only because of him but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. 10 So the chief priests made plans to kill Lazarus as well, 11 for on account of him many of the Jews were going over to Jesus and believing in him.

A large crowd of Jews came to Bethany to see Jesus and Lazarus, the living testimony. Out of envious and jealousy, the chief priests wanted to kill Lazarus to prevent him from testifying for Jesus.

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, thank You for this timeless story of the anointing of Jesus by Mary of Bethany, in Jesus‘ name, Amen.

John, Day 45.

Day 45.

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, thank You that it is by grace that we have been saved through faith in Your Son Jesus Christ and not by work. Give us the stamina, energy, strength, wisdom, persistence, consistency to study and meditate on Your word, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

John 11: 36-57, the 7th Sign, raising of Lazarus.

VV 36-39, 36 Then the Jews said, “See how he loved him!” 37 But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?” 38 Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. 39 “Take away the stone,” he said. “But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.”

The raising of Lazarus after 4 day in the tomb was the 7th and most remarkable sign of Jesus. After 4 days in the tomb, Lazarus’ body would have undergone decay and decomposition. The Jews questioned Jesus’ inability to prevent Lazarus’ death. Jesus demanded to roll back the stone but Marta objected saying, ‘’Lord, by now it stinkered’’ (KJV). In first-century Israel, the Jews buried their dead in caves. After wrapping the corpse with linens from head to toes, and putting it inside the tomb, they seal the entrance with a large round stone. After many months, relatives of the dead person collect the bones and stored them in a stone box called an ossuary.

VV 40-44,40 Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” 41 So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 42 I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.” 43 When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.”

Jesus told Marya to believe. One of the prominent key words in John’s Gospel is the word “believe”. Jesus prayed to His Father in a loud voice, “Lazarus come out”. Lazarus came out wrapped in the grave linens. Jesus said, remove the grave linens and set him free. When Jesus resurrected on Easter, His body passed through the grave linens like a butterfly coming out from a cocoon. The Resurrected Christ was raised to eternal life. The resurrected Lazarus was raised to a natural life which will die again. Christians will be resurrected to eternal life in the rapture, 1 Thess 4: 16, ‘’For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first”.

VV 45-48, 45 Therefore many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary, and had seen what Jesus did, believed in him. 46 But some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done. 47 Then the chief priests and the Pharisees called a meeting of the Sanhedrin. “What are we accomplishing?” they asked. “Here is this man performing many signs. 48 If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and then the Romans will come and take away both our temple and our nation.”

After the raising of Lazarus, many Jews believed but not all. Some of the Jews reported the incident to the Pharisees. The chief priests were Sadducees, who did not believe in miracles, spirits, angels, demons, and resurrection. The Pharisees believed in miracles, spirits, angels, demons, and resurrection. The Sadducees and the Pharisees hated each other but their common hatred for Jesus allowed them to work together.

VV 49-53, 49 Then one of them, named Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, spoke up, “You know nothing at all! 50 You do not realize that it is better for you that one man die for the people than that the whole nation perish.” 51 He did not say this on his own, but as high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the Jewish nation,52 and not only for that nation but also for the scattered children of God, to. qbring them together and make them one. 53 So from that day on they plotted to take his life.

Caiaphas, the high priest commented that if all the Israelites believed in Jesus, the Romans would destroy their temple and nation. God used an unbelieving and unregenerate Jew to prophesie the substitutionary atonement of Jesus and the destruction of Israel. God could spoke through a donkey, see Numbers 22:21- 39.

V 54-57, 54 Therefore Jesus no longer moved about publicly among the people of Judea. Instead, he withdrew to a region near the wilderness, to a village called Ephraim, where he stayed with his disciples. 55 When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, many went up from the country to Jerusalem for their ceremonial cleansing before the Passover. 56 They kept looking for Jesus, and as they stood in the temple courts they asked one another, “What do you think? Isn’t he coming to the festival at all?” 57 But the chief priests and the Pharisees had given orders that anyone who found out where Jesus was should report it so that they might arrest him.

To escape from the Jews, Jesus and His disciples withdrew to a remote village called Ephraim. As the Passover feast was approaching, the chief priests and Pharisees were determined to arrest and kill Jesus.

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, thank You that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

John, Day 44

Day 44.

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, we claim the promise that when two or more are gathered in Your name, You will be with us in our midst. Hear us when we pray, in Jesus, name, Amen.

John 11:1-35, Resurrection and the Life, the 5th I AM.

VV 1-3, 1 Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. 2 (This Mary, whose brother Lazarus now lay sick, was the same one who poured perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair.)3 So the sisters sent word to Jesus, “Lord, the one you love is sick”.

Mary, Marta, and Lazarus lived in Bethany. Mary and Marta sent a message to Jesus in Bethabara saying “the one You love is sick’’, speaking of Lazarus. They expected Jesus to come urgently but He did not. Greek for love is “phileo” which means friendship love.

VV4-8, 4 When he heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.” 5 Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. 6 So when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days, 7 and then he said to his disciples, “Let us go back to Judea.” 8 “But Rabbi,” they said, “a short while ago the Jews there tried to stone you, and yet you are going back?”

Commenting that Lazarus’ sickness would not end in death, Jesus stayed back in Bethabara for 2 more days. Jesus loved Marta, Mary, and Lazarus. Greek for love is ‘’agape’’, the unconditional love of God. Jesus’ delay was not a denial. He had a reason to delay. After 2 days, Jesus announced His decision to return to Bethany, even though the Jews in Judea plotted to kill Him.

VV 9-16, 9 Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Anyone who walks in the daytime will not stumble, for they see by this world’s light. 10 It is when a person walks at night that they stumble, for they have no light.” 11 After he had said this, he went on to tell them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I am going there to wake him up.” 12 His disciples replied, “Lord if he sleeps, he will get better.” 13 Jesus had been speaking of his death, but his disciples thought he meant natural sleep. 14 So then he told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead, 15 and for your sake, I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.” 16 Then Thomas (also known as Didymus) said to the rest of the disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”

Daylight speaks of life. You must do God’s work when it is still “day” for you. Night speaks of death. When you are dead, you cannot do God’s work. Jesus said Lazarus was asleep, meaning that he was dead. Thomas exclaimed, ‘’let us go and die with him’“.

VV 17-26, 17 On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. 18 Now Bethany was less than two miles from Jerusalem, 19 and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them in the loss of their brother.20 When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home. 21 “Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.”

23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” 24 Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

Marta was not disappointed with Jesus’s delay in returning to Bethany. Jesus assured Marta that Lazarus will rise again. Martha thought that Lazarus would rise again in the resurrection at the end of the age. John 11:35 is the 5th I AM, “I am the resurrection and the life”. Christians will rise at the rapture, 1 Thess 4: 16, “For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first”. The body of a Christisn who died will be buried or cremated, but the soul and spirit lives on eternally with Jesus in heaven.

VV 27-35,27 “Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.” 28 After she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary aside. “The Teacher is here,” she said, “and is asking for you.” 29 When Mary heard this, she got up quickly and went to him. 30 Now Jesus had not yet entered the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him. 31 When the Jews who had been with Mary in the house, comforting her, noticed how quickly she got up and went out, they followed her, supposing she was going to the tomb to mourn there. 32 When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”

33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. 34 “Where have you laid him?” he asked. “Come and see, Lord,” they replied. 35 Jesus wept.

Mary worshiped at Jesus’ feet and said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” John 11:35 is the shortest verse in the gospel, “Jesus wept”. God created Adam and Eve for eternity. But when sin entered the human race, death entered and sin reigned. Jesus identified with our sorrows. Isaiah 53:3, “He was despised and rejected,ma man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care”. When we weep, Jesus weeps with us. God collects our tears into a bottle when we weep, Psalm, 56:8, “You number my wanderings, Put my tears into Your bottle, Are they not in Your book?”

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, thank You that when we weep, You weep with us. You collect our tears in a bottle and records them in Your book. This is how much You loved and cared for us, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Mark Exposition

Day 34

Prayer:
Heavenly Father, thank You for giving us the perseverance, the persistence, the strength, and the determination to complete this journey of faith. Help us to learn, grow, understand, and fully appreciate the events of the resurrection.

Mark 16:1-19, Easter, the Grand Finale.
VV 1-3, 1 When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. 2Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb 3and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?”

Easter was the most important event of the gospel. Jesus conquered death on Easter. He died, was buried on Good Friday, but resurrected to life on Easter. The women at the cross came to the tomb early bringing spices to anoint His body because they expected to see a corpse and not a Risen Christ. When the sun had risen, the Son had risen.

VV 4-8, ” 4 But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. 5 As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed. 6’’ Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. 7 Butgo, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’”8Trembling and bewildered, the women went out and fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone because they were afraid’’.

When they saw the stone rolled away, they entered the tomb. An angel said, ‘’He has risen, He is not here’’. In Greek, He has risen, is, ‘’anesti’’. When they saw the empty tomb, they trembled, shaken, amazed, and afraid.
[The earliest manuscripts and some other ancient witnesses do not have verses 9–20].

VV 9-11, ‘” 9When Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had driven seven demons. 10 She went and told those who had been with him and who were mourning and weeping. 11When they heard that Jesus was alive and that she had seen him, they did not believe it.’’

The disciples did not believe Mary Magdalene because she was a woman. In first-century Israel, a woman’s testimony was not valid and was not even admissible as evidence in court.

VV 12-13, ‘ ’ 12 Afterward Jesus appeared in a different form to two of them while they were walking in the country. 13 These returned and reported it to the rest, but they did not believe them either’’.

Jesus appeared in a different form to the 2 disciples on the Emmaus road, Luke 24:13-33. When these 2 went back to Jerusalem and reported their encounter with the Risen Christ to the disciples but they also did not believe them.

V 14 ‘’Later Jesus appeared to the Eleven as they were eating; he rebuked them for their lack of faith and their stubborn refusal to believe those who had seen him after he had risen’’.

Jesus appeared to the disciples in the upper room while they were eating. He rebuked them for their hardness of heart. They refused to believe the testimonies of those who had seen Him.

VV 15-18, 15 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name, they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”

The Risen Christ commanded the disciples to preach the gospel to all creation. This is the Great Commission. Mark 16:18 was not a universal command. In Acts 28:3-5, Paul was bitten by a snake and did not die. The promise of Mark 16: 18, was only a specific promise to the 12 apostles and Paul, but not to the Christians today.

VV 19-20, ‘’19 After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God. 20 Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it’’.

Jesus ascended to heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. Jesus is praying and interceding for us continuously before the Father. Romans 8:34, ‘’Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died, more than that, who was raised to life, is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us’’. The disciples preached the gospel everywhere, the Lord worked with them, confirming His word with signs.

Prayer:
Heavenly Father, thank You for this exciting journey of faith through the gospel of Mark. May our lives be enriched and our faith strengthened as we continue to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, in His name, Amen.

Mark Exposition

Day 33

Prayer:
Heavenly Father, please speak Your Truth into us, enable us to mature in faith and wisdom, and grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Mark 15: 22-47, Crucifixion Part 2.
VV 22-27, ‘’22 They brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means “the place of the skull ” ). 23 Then they offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it. 24 And they crucified him. Dividing up his clothes, they cast lots to see what each would get. 25 It was nine in the morning when they crucified him. 26 The written notice of the charge against him read the king of the jews. 27 They crucified two rebels with him, one on his right and one on his left’’.

They crucified Jesus at Golgotha. Golgotha is Hebrew and Calvary is English. The soldiers offered Jesus wine mixed with myrrh, a narcotic drink. Jesus refused to drink it because He wanted to experience pain. Mark quoted Psalm 22: 18, !000 BC, ‘’They divide my clothes among them and cast lots for my garment.’’ Pilate coronated Jesus as King of the Jews with the inscription, ‘’Jesus of Nazareth, King of Jews’’, written in Hebrew, Greek, and Latin. Jesus died for everyone. Mark quoted, Isaiah 53: 12, ‘’and He was numbered with the transgressors’’. One rebel repented and received salvation. Another rebel did not repent and perished. Both of them had the same opportunity to be saved. One believed and one did not believe.

VV 28-32, ‘’[28] [29 Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads and saying, “So! You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, 30 come down from the cross and save yourself!” 31 In the same way the chief priests and the teachers of the law mocked him among themselves. “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself! 32 Let this Messiah, this king of Israel, come down now from the cross, that we may see and believe.” Those crucified with him also heaped insults on him’’.

The chief priests and teachers of the law mocked Jesus saying, that He could save others but cannot save Himself. Unknowingly they spoke the truth. If Jesus saved Himself and did not die on the cross, He would not be able to save others.

VV 33-37, ‘’33 At noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. 34 And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani? ” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”). 35 When some of those standing near heard this, they said, “ Listen, He is calling Elijah. ” 36 Someone ran, filled a sponge with wine vinegar, put it on a staff, and offered it to Jesus to drink. “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to take him down,” he said. 37 With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last’’.

Before Jesus died, complete darkness covered Golgotha for 3 hours. Darkness represents evil and judgment. In the 9th plague darkness covered Egypt for 3 days. In the 9th plague, the Passover lamb and the firstborn son of Pharaoh were killed. At the crucifixion, the Lamb of God and the Son of God was killed. Because Jesus carried the sins of the whole world, God turned His face away from Him for 3 hours. Jesus’ last words on the cross were, ‘’It is finished’’ or ‘’tetelastai’’ which means paid in full, John 19:30. On the cross, Jesus paid our debt of sin in full.

VV 38-41, ‘’38 The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. 39 And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, saw how he died, he said, “Surely this man was the Son of God! ” 40 Some women were watching from a distance. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joseph, and Salome. 41 In Galilee these women had followed him and cared for his needs. Many other women who had come up with him to Jerusalem were also there’’.

At the death of Jesus, the curtain in the temple was torn from top to bottom. Fellowship between God and man had been restored. The first post-crucifixion convert was the Roman centurion who confessed Jesus as the Son of God, believed, and glorified God, Luke 22:47. The women at the cross were Mary Magdalene, Mary, the mother of James, and Salome, the mother of John.

VV 42-47, ‘ ’ 42 It was Preparation Day (that is, the day before the Sabbath). So as evening approached, 43 Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent member of the Council, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. 44 Pilate was surprised to hear that he was already dead. Summoning the centurion, he asked him if Jesus had already died. 45 When he learned from the centurion that it was so, he gave the body to Joseph. 46 So Joseph bought some linen cloth, took down the body, wrapped it in the linen, and placed it in a tomb cut out of the rock. Then he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb. 47 Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joseph saw where he was laid’’.

Joseph of Arimathea, a secret disciple of Jesus, approached Pilate for Jesus’ body. Joseph Arimathea and Nicodemus took Jesus’ body, wrapped Him with strips of linens, and buried Him in a new tomb, John 19:39. Nicodemus also brought 75 pounds of myrrh and aloes and wrapped them between the linen strips. The entrance was covered by a huge stone.

Prayer:
Heavenly Father, we bowed before our Lord and Savior who died on the cross in Calvary on our behalf to pay our debt of sin in full. He died in our place so we can have life. Thank You, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Mark Exposition

Day 32

Prayer:
Heavenly Father, thank You that we can set aside this time to study, comprehend, interpret, and apply Your Word. Please help us enjoy, rejoice, and be refreshed by Your inerrant, infallible, and inspired Word, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Mark 15: 1-21, Crucifixion Part 1
VV 1-5, ‘’1Very early in the morning, the chief priests, with the elders, the teachers of the law, and the whole Sanhedrin, made their plans. So they bound Jesus, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate. 2 “Are you the king of the Jews? ” asked Pilate. ‘ ’You have said so, ” Jesus replied. 3 The chief priests accused him of many things. 4 So again Pilate asked him, “Aren’t you going to answer? See how many things they are accusing you of.” 5 But Jesus still made no reply, and Pilate was amazed’’.

After the three trials before Annas, Caiaphas, and the Sanhedrin, they took Jesus to trial before Pilate in the early hours of the morning. This was an illegal and a sham trial. The Jewish law forbade trial at night, during Passover, and in private. They charged Jesus for claiming to be King of the Jews. When Pilate asked Jesus whether He was the king of the Jews, He replied, ‘’ it is as you say’’. They also accused Him of other charges which Jesus refused to answer and Pilate was amazed.

VV 6-11, ‘’6 Now it was the custom at the festival to release a prisoner whom the people requested. 7 A man called Barabbas was in prison with the insurrectionists who had committed murder in the uprising. 8 The crowd came up and asked Pilate to do for them what he usually did.9 “Do you want me to release to you the king of the Jews?” asked Pilate, 10 knowing it was out of self-interest that the chief priests had handed Jesus over to him. 11 But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have Pilate release Barabbas instead’’.

In his commentary, the 2nd-century church father, theologian, and historian, Origen, wrote that Barabbas was also called Jesus Barabbas, which means, Jesus, son of a father. The people chose to release ‘’Jesus, son of a father’’ and not ‘’Jesus, Son of The Father’’. Did you choose to believe Jesus, Son of The Father’?”

VV 12-15, 12’’ What shall I do, then, with the one you call the king of the Jews?” Pilate asked them. 13’’ Crucify him!” they shouted. 14’’ Why? What crime has he committed?” asked Pilate. But they shouted all the louder, “Crucify him!” 15 Wanting to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas to them. He had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified.

Pilate pronounced his verdict that Jesus was not guilty, but the mob demanded Jesus be crucified. To satisfy the mob, Pilate, ordered Jesus to be flogged and sentenced Him to be crucified.

VV 16-21, ‘ ’ 16 The soldiers led Jesus away into the palace (that is, the Praetorium) and called together the whole company of soldiers. 17 They put a purple robe on him, then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on him. 18 And they began to call out to him, “Hail, king of the Jews!” 19, Again and again, they struck him on the head with a staff and spit on him. Falling on their knees, they paid homage to him. 20 And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him out to crucify him.’ 21 A certain man from Cyrene, Simon, the father of Alexander and Rufus, was passing by on his way in from the country, and they forced him to carry the cross.’’

Putting a purple robe and a crown of thorns on Jesus, the soldiers ridiculed, mocked, and falsely worshipped Him. Jesus carried the horizontal cross beam and walked towards Golgotha until Simon the Cyrene, a Jewish bystander was made to carry it for Him.

Prayer:
Heavenly Father, thank You for the life of Jesus, who was falsely accused, illegally tried, pronounced innocent, flogged, humiliated, and crucified so that we could experience life, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

John Exposition

Day 7

John 1: 15-18

15 (John testified concerning Him. He cried out, saying, “This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because He was before me.’”)

John the Baptist testified concerning Jesus, saying that he preceded Jesus through birth, but Jesus preceded him through pre-existence.

“16 Out of His fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given”.

Christians received from Jesus, grace on top of grace, abundant grace, overflowing grace, favour on top favour, and spiritual blessing on top spiritual blessing.

“17 For the law was given through Moses, grace and truth came through Jesus Christ”.

The author of John compared Moses with Jesus, and Law with Grace. Moses was the giver of the Law. Jesus was Grace and Truth personified. Moses was a prophet of God, Jesus was God, John 1:1. Grace and Truth in Hebrew is “Hesed and Emet” which means Loving Kindness and Faithfulness.

“18 No one has even seen God, but the one and only Son, who is Himself God and in closest relationship with the Father, has made Him known.”

Jesus is the message of God, delivered to us in a language that we could understand. The Greek word for “made known” is “exegiomai”. Jesus exegete God to us. He “is the image of the invisible God” (Colossians 1:15), “the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being”, Hebrews 1:3. “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father”, John 14:9.

Mark Bible Exposition

Day 16

Prayer:
Heavenly Father, once again we come before You on bended knees, to learn, listen, apply, practice, and proclaim. We acknowledged that we are unworthy sinners. We claim the promise of 1John 1:9. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Mark 7: 1-23
VV 1-9. ‘ ’ 1The Pharisees and some of the teachers of the law who had come from Jerusalem gathered around Jesus 2 and saw some of his disciples eating food with hands that were defiled, that is, unwashed. 3 (The Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they give their hands a ceremonial washing, holding to the tradition of the elders. 4When they come from the marketplace they do not eat unless they wash. And they observe many other traditions, such as the washing of cups, pitchers, and kettles.) 5 So the Pharisees and teachers of the law asked Jesus, “Why don’t your disciples live according to the tradition of the elders instead of eating their food with defiled hands? ” 6 He replied, “Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written: ‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. 7 They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules.’ 8 You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to human traditions.” 9 And he continued, “You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe your own traditions!’’

The Pharisees and some of the Scribes sent a delegate from Jerusalem to Galilee which was 70 miles away. Traveling 70 miles just to tell someone off for not washing hands before a meal was ridiculous. Scribes or teachers of the law were experts in the Old Testament laws. Pharisees were members of the conservative and legalistic Jewish sect who considered oral traditions of the elders as equivalent to Old Testament Laws. Rules for washing hands, pitchers, kettles, and cups, etc were part of the oral traditions. Jesus quoted Isaiah 29: 13, “‘Therefore the Lord said; In as much as these people draw near with their mouths, and honor Me with their lips, but have removed their hearts far from Me, and their fear toward Me is taught by the commandment of men.’’

VV 10-12, ‘’10 For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and mother,’ and, ‘Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death.’ 11 But you say that if anyone declares that what might have been used to help their father or mother is Corban (that is, devoted to God), 12 then you no longer let them do anything for their father or mother. 13 Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And you do many things like that.”

The 5th commandment, Exodus 20:1, is, ‘’Honour your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God is giving you”. They used the oral traditions to circumvent this commandment. If they gave money reserved for looking after their parents to God as an offering, they would have no more obligation to support their parents because anything dedicated to God is Corban or consecrated to God. The Pharisees and Scribes did many things like this.

VV 14-23, 14 Again Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen to me, everyone, and understand this 15 Nothing outside a person can defile them by going into them. Rather, it is what comes out of a person that defiles them.” [16] 17After he had left the crowd and entered the house, his disciples asked him about this parable. 18 “Are you so dull?” he asked. “Don’t you see that nothing that enters a person from the outside can defile them? 19 For it doesn’t go into their heart but into their stomach, and then out of the body.” (In saying this, Jesus declared all foods clean.) 20He went on: “What comes out of a person is what defiles them. 21 For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thought comes—sexual immorality, theft, murder, 22 adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance, and folly. 23 All these evils come from inside and defile a person.”

To protect them from certain diseases, the kosher law of Leviticus forbade Jews from eating certain animals. The law forbade murder but Jesus said having thoughts of anger or hatred in the heart was a murderous heart. The law had to do with an inward attitude, not an outward action. Food entered the stomach, digested by the body, and eliminated by the intestine. But words spoken by the mouth from the heart cannot be eliminated. Luke 6:45, ‘’A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.’’ What or how you eat does not make you more spiritual than others. What you say and think is more important. 1 Cor 8:8 ‘’But food does not commend us to God; for neither if we eat are we the better, nor if we do not eat are we the worse.’’

Prayer:
Heavenly Father, help us not to operate by tradition and legalism but to operate by love and grace. We pray that You will purify our hearts and forgive us for being short-sighted, in Jesus’ name, Amen.