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The Gospel of Mark

Before we read it, let me remind you a little bit about the portrait of Jesus’ ministry Mark has been painting for us so far. It’s surprising ministry, actually, because the people we expect will respond to Christ don’t seem to want to know Him at all. And the people we have every reason to believe will have nothing to do with Jesus are flocking to His ministry...

The Gospel of Mark

and we’ve come to the third chapter, Mark chapter 3, and to a pair of passages – really they’re connected passages – that teach us about Jesus’ family; show us something of the inner family life that was our Savior’s during years of His earthly ministry. We began looking at some of this material last time. We were introduced to Jesus’ family in verses 20 and 21. They’ve...

The Gospel of Mark

In verse 20, if you’ll look at it, you’ll see Jesus has gone home. So in the passage prior to this, He was on retreat with His friends, His disciples, on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. And then, He was up on the mountainside calling twelve to Himself whom He appointed as apostles. Now He returns home. He has a base, we might say, in the...

The Gospel of Mark

Let me list the three themes that we will be considering together in these verses this morning so that as we read it in a few moments you’ll have a sense of where we are going. First of all, I want you to notice in verses 7 through 12 how Mark sets up a contrast with the passage we considered last week in verses 1 to 6. There...

The Gospel of Mark

We are dealing this morning with the last two in a series of five stories that Mark has gathered together to account for the growing tension and conflict that is taking place between Jesus and the religious establishment, the Pharisees, as Jesus began His ministry. You will remember how we saw, three, four weeks ago, the Pharisees were offended when Jesus pronounced forgiveness of a man who had...

The Gospel of Mark

We are continuing to work through Mark’s gospel; we are at the eighteenth verse. This is now the third, fourth, of five episodes that Mark recounts together like this to explain the escalating friction, conflict, between Jesus and the religious establishment of His day – the scribes and the Pharisees. Back in chapter 2:1-12, Jesus has healed a paralyzed man and in the course of His engagement with...

The Gospel of Mark

If you were with us a few Sundays ago when last we looked together at Mark’s gospel, you will remember how with the healing of the paralyzed man, which is the story in the opening twelve verses of Mark chapter 2, a controversy begins between Jesus and the Pharisees. The Lord Jesus pronounced a word of forgiveness over the paralyzed man and the Pharisees were deeply offended. They...

The Gospel of Mark

We are going to examine the passage under three headings. First, in verses 1 through 5, I want you to notice the reach of grace. The reach of grace. Just how far, how deeply does it penetrate? How far does it go? What is the reach of grace as we see the paralyzed man lowered down in front of Jesus? The reach of grace. Then secondly, 6 through...

The Gospel of Mark

This is a passage that is honestly quite hard for us to understand in our relatively clean, relatively healthy, relatively affluent time and place. We have no sense of the horror that an infectious skin disease like leprosy evoked in the days when Jesus ministered in Galilee. And so one of the great dangers, as we read this passage, is to read these six verses and to see...

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