Sat, Feb 28th - 1:14AM
27: And Jesus saith unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered.
28: But after that I am risen, I will go before you into Galilee.
29: But Peter said unto him, Although all shall be offended, yet will not I.
30: And Jesus saith unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this day, even in this night, before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice.
31: But he spake the more vehemently, If I should die with thee, I will not deny thee in any wise. Likewise also said they all.
Later that night after Jesus is arrested Peter will deny knowing Jesus three times just as Jesus said he would. It was easy for Peter to say he wouldn’t until his faith was put to the test. Tough times often reveal the true character of a person. Rather they will stand firm or fold. It is easy for us to be critical of Peter without being in his shoes. Peter had just seen Jesus arrested and brought before the Jewish authorities and surely he was afraid he could be next if he was recognized. Being recognized as a follower of Jesus aint always easy. Sometimes it can bring ridicule and in some countries physical harm. But we must remain faithful and remember that Jesus said whosoever denies him on earth he will deny in heaven. Jesus never said being a follower would be easy, in fact he said it would bring trials. We know Peter would go on to be the one of the leaders of the new church and later give his life for the Gospel. Never again did Peter deny being a follower of Christ.
Thu, Feb 26th - 10:48PM
17: And in the evening he cometh with the twelve.
18: And as they sat and did eat, Jesus said, Verily I say unto you, One of you which eateth with me shall betray me.
19: And they began to be sorrowful, and to say unto him one by one, Is it I? and another said, Is it I?
20: And he answered and said unto them, It is one of the twelve, that dippeth with me in the dish.
21: The Son of man indeed goeth, as it is written of him: but woe to that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! good were it for that man if he had never been born.
22: And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it, and gave to them, and said, Take, eat: this is my body.
23: And he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them: and they all drank of it.
24: And he said unto them, This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many.
25: Verily I say unto you, I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine, until that day that I drink it new in the kingdom of God.
26: And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives.
With the blood of Christ which was shed on the cross God established a new covenant between him and all believers. The Old Covenant was between God and Israel. The Old Covenant involved forgiveness of sins through the blood of an animal sacrifice. Under the New Covenant we have forgiveness of sins through the blood of Christ which was offered as a final sacrifice for our sins. All can have this forgiveness who seek it and accept Christ into their hearts.
Wed, Feb 25th - 11:02PM
12: And the first day of unleavened bread, when they killed the passover, his disciples said unto him, Where wilt thou that we go and prepare that thou mayest eat the passover?
13: And he sendeth forth two of his disciples, and saith unto them, Go ye into the city, and there shall meet you a man bearing a pitcher of water: follow him.
14: And wheresoever he shall go in, say ye to the goodman of the house, The Master saith, Where is the guestchamber, where I shall eat the passover with my disciples?
15: And he will shew you a large upper room furnished and prepared: there make ready for us.
16: And his disciples went forth, and came into the city, and found as he had said unto them: and they made ready the passover.
Passover celebration was done in observance of the night God rendered judgment on Egypt and killed the firstborn male in every house except the house of the Jews that had put blood from a lamb on their doorposts. Every house that had smeared the blood of a lamb on their doorpost God spared. Now a new lamb was about to be killed for Israel and the world and whoever has this blood of the lamb God will be spared. Jesus gave his life on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins that whosoever is washed in his blood will be spared the judgment of God and be saved from the wages of sin which is death.
Tue, Feb 24th - 11:13PM
10: And Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, went unto the chief priests, to betray him unto them.
11: And when they heard it, they were glad, and promised to give him money. And he sought how he might conveniently betray him.
Did Judas had a choice in betraying Jesus? It had been prophesied that the Messiah would be betrayed. So did Judas have a choice? I say yes he did. Did Jesus know Judas would betray him? Yes of course he did, he knew the heart of Judas. So why did he chose Judas to be a disciple? That is a tough question. I personally belief that Jesus had to be betrayed to fulfill prophesy and God knew what Judas would do when put in that situation. So did Judas have a choice? I still say yes. Judas had the opportunity as the rest of the disciples. They all betrayed Jesus in one way or the other. Peter denied him three times, they all abandoned him in his darkest hours. The difference is that the other disciples repented of their sins and went on to spread the Gospel throughout the world, while Judas choose to take his life without repenting and asking for forgiveness. It is obvious in all that time Judas had spent with Jesus he had failed to grasp the message of the Gospel. Judas like a lot of the Jews were looking for a physical leader not a spiritual one. Judas probably was following Jesus looking for a material award and when he realize this wasn’t going to be the case he became disenchanted and sought to betray Jesus.
Mon, Feb 23rd - 11:26PM
3: And being in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard very precious; and she brake the box, and poured it on his head.
4: And there were some that had indignation within themselves, and said, Why was this waste of the ointment made?
5: For it might have been sold for more than three hundred pence, and have been given to the poor. And they murmured against her.
6: And Jesus said, Let her alone; why trouble ye her? she hath wrought a good work on me.
7: For ye have the poor with you always, and whensoever ye will ye may do them good: but me ye have not always.
8: She hath done what she could: she is come aforehand to anoint my body to the burying.
9: Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached throughout the whole world, this also that she hath done shall be spoken of for a memorial of her.
This woman bestowed on Jesus an unselfish act of sacrifice. She took an expensive box of ointment and poured it on Jesus. This woman more than likely was very poor and this ointment could have been the most expensive thing she had. But she didn’t care she recognized who Jesus was and realized he was more precious than any material thing she had. How sad that the others failed to realize the significance of this event.
Sun, Feb 22nd - 11:11PM
1: After two days was the feast of the passover, and of unleavened bread: and the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might take him by craft, and put him to death.
2: But they said, Not on the feast day, lest there be an uproar of the people.
The Jewish leaders were still plotting to put him to death but they decided to wait after Passover. What the Jewish leaders didn’t realize is that God had his own plans and another lamb was about to be put to death. Jesus had come to earth for the very reason of being put to death for our sins. The Jews had killed the prophets before Christ and now they were going to kill Jesus. God is in control and his will will be done. The plans of the Jews to put Jesus to death was in God’s plan to bring salvation to the world. For it is through Jesus offering himself as the sacrifice for our sins that we might have forgiveness of our sins to all that seek forgiveness.
Sun, Feb 22nd - 1:17AM
32: But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.
33: Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.
34: For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch.
35: Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning:
36: Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping.
37: And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.
Jesus said even he doesn’t know the hour of his return only the Father knows. Plenty of preachers have made themselves look foolish in the past by proclaiming a certain date the world will end. They all claimed that God had spoken to them. Well we are still here. Now the 2012 date keeps getting thrown around. Again I think a lot of people are making themselves look foolish. God has his own timetable in mind, our duty as Jesus states he is to remain watchful stayed prepared, and continued the work given to us. A lot of preachers spend their whole career in the book of Revelation trying to unravel the prophecies meanwhile people are dying in their sins. Our job until he returns is to bring those still lost into the fold so that they to can be ready when Christ returns.
Sat, Feb 21st - 1:00AM
24: But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light,
25: And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken.
26: And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.
27: And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven.
28: Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When her branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near:
29: So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, even at the doors.
30: Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done.
31: Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.
Don’t be fooled by any that would say otherwise, Christ is returning for his church someday. Rather you call it the rapture or what not Christ is coming again for his people. Since coming to the internet blog world I have heard many things. A lot don’t jive with the Bible. Many deny the coming again of Christ and the coming judgment of the world. Here in Mark and other places it describes these coming events. That is why I say don’t be fooled by any that say otherwise. Study for yourself and be prepared. Be prepared by accepting him as your Savior. Christ is coming for those who have accepted him. You can read what awaits those who have rejected him.
Thu, Feb 19th - 11:34PM
1: And as he went out of the temple, one of his disciples saith unto him, Master, see what manner of stones and what buildings are here!
2: And Jesus answering said unto him, Seest thou these great buildings? there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.
3: And as he sat upon the mount of Olives over against the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately,
4: Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign when all these things shall be fulfilled?
5: And Jesus answering them began to say, Take heed lest any man deceive you:
6: For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
7: And when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled: for such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet.
8: For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.
9: But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them.
10: And the gospel must first be published among all nations.
11: But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost.
12: Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death.
13: And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
14: But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains:
15: And let him that is on the housetop not go down into the house, neither enter therein, to take any thing out of his house:
16: And let him that is in the field not turn back again for to take up his garment.
17: But woe to them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!
18: And pray ye that your flight be not in the winter.
19: For in those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created unto this time, neither shall be.
20: And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved: but for the elect's sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days.
21: And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ; or, lo, he is there; believe him not:
22: For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.
23: But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things.
Christ here is speaking of two different time periods, the coming destruction of Jerusalem and the end times. The temple was destroyed in A.D. 70 by the Romans after the Jews launched an unsuccessful revolt against Roman rule. He goes on to give a glimpse of his return at the end times. I usually don’t get involved in end time debates of the different ideas of Christ return. I think our time could be better spent preaching the word until his return instead of debating how he is going to return. The end time events are completely in God’s hands and will unfold according to his will. We should just remain ready for his return and continue our duty of preaching the word until he does return. Because don’t be fooled Christ is going to return and there is going to be a day of judgment when he does return.
Wed, Feb 18th - 11:18PM
41: And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much.
42: And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing.
43: And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury:
44: For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.
How many of us can match the faith of this poor widow who gave all that she had? That is a very tough question. It is easy to give when we have plenty but what about when we are in need ourselves? Sometimes the hardest time to trust God is when we are going through the hardest times. It is so easy to cast our eyes on our problems instead of keeping our eyes on God and put our trust in him. I have to remind myself constantly that God is in control and tough times is temporary and at the end His will will be done.
Tue, Feb 17th - 10:57PM
38: And he said unto them in his doctrine, Beware of the scribes, which love to go in long clothing, and love salutations in the marketplaces,
39: And the chief seats in the synagogues, and the uppermost rooms at feasts:
40: Which devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayers: these shall receive greater damnation.
The religious leaders of this time were a very corrupt group. They were more interesting in the privileges that came with their position then they were of serving God. Jesus said they were to receive greater damnation. God held them to a higher standard because they were responsible for the spiritual leadership of the people which they were neglecting. God doesn’t change. If you take a leadership position in the church you are responsible for the spiritual well being of those you have influence over. You are expecting to be the example for others to follow and God is going to hold you to this standard and hold you responsible for any that would be lead away from the truth by your conduct.
Mon, Feb 16th - 11:17PM
35: And Jesus answered and said, while he taught in the temple, How say the scribes that Christ is the Son of David?
36: For David himself said by the Holy Ghost, The Lord said to my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool.
37: David therefore himself calleth him Lord; and whence is he then his son? And the common people heard him gladly.
The Jewish leaders for the most part had misinterpreted the scriptures about the Messiah. They were expecting the Messiah to be a descendant of David that would reestablish the Kingdom of Israel. They didn’t understand that Jesus was the Messiah and that although he was a descendant of David through Mary he was the Son of God and that he come not to establish an earthly kingdom but to die for our sins that we might all be part of God’s kingdom through his death on the cross for our sins. We can all be part of this eternal kingdom by accepting his lordship in our hearts.
Mon, Feb 16th - 1:17AM
28: And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all?
29: And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:
30: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
31: And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.
32: And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he:
33: And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.
34: And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, he said unto him, Thou art not far from the kingdom of God. And no man after that durst ask him any question.
We are to put God before all things in our lives. That means all things; family, money, career,,, God most come before anything else. Jesus also said God is one Lord there is no other. There is only one true God and we worship him. Other religions miss the mark because they don’t know the one true God. That isn’t hateful or intolerant that is just the simple truth and if we truly love our neighbor as Jesus says the second commandment is then we would want them to know this life saying truth. Jesus told the man he wasn’t far from the kingdom of God. He knew to love God and his neighbor but he still didn’t recognize the authority of Jesus. You can have all the love in the world but it is no good without Christ in your life. He always has been and always will be the way to heaven.
Sun, Feb 15th - 12:58AM
18: Then come unto him the Sadducees, which say there is no resurrection; and they asked him, saying,
19: Master, Moses wrote unto us, If a man's brother die, and leave his wife behind him, and leave no children, that his brother should take his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother.
20: Now there were seven brethren: and the first took a wife, and dying left no seed.
21: And the second took her, and died, neither left he any seed: and the third likewise.
22: And the seven had her, and left no seed: last of all the woman died also.
23: In the resurrection therefore, when they shall rise, whose wife shall she be of them? for the seven had her to wife.
24: And Jesus answering said unto them, Do ye not therefore err, because ye know not the scriptures, neither the power of God?
25: For when they shall rise from the dead, they neither marry, nor are given in marriage; but are as the angels which are in heaven.
26: And as touching the dead, that they rise: have ye not read in the book of Moses, how in the bush God spake unto him, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob?
27: He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living: ye therefore do greatly err.
The Sadducees didn’t believe in resurrection of the dead. There are many that claim to be Christian that don’t believe in the resurrection of Christ or the future resurrection of believers. Paul said if Christ didn’t rise their then our worship is in vain. If Christ didn’t rise again than that means he was a liar and we worship a dead savior but of course we know this isn’t the case. Christ did rise again and he promised to come again for us.
Sat, Feb 14th - 2:05AM
13: And they send unto him certain of the Pharisees and of the Herodians, to catch him in his words.
14: And when they were come, they say unto him, Master, we know that thou art true, and carest for no man: for thou regardest not the person of men, but teachest the way of God in truth: Is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar, or not?
15: Shall we give, or shall we not give? But he, knowing their hypocrisy, said unto them, Why tempt ye me? bring me a penny, that I may see it.
16: And they brought it. And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? And they said unto him, Caesar's.
17: And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's. And they marvelled at him.
The Jewish leaders were at it once again trying to find some way to catch Jesus at fault. They were so busy trying to trap Jesus that they missed out on his ministry. They were so worried about losing their positions of authority and the benefits that came with it that they missed out on their own eternal salvation. They were focused on physical awards instead of spiritual awards.
Mon, Feb 9th - 12:10AM
1: And he began to speak unto them by parables. A certain man planted a vineyard, and set an hedge about it, and digged a place for the winefat, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country.
2: And at the season he sent to the husbandmen a servant, that he might receive from the husbandmen of the fruit of the vineyard.
3: And they caught him, and beat him, and sent him away empty.
4: And again he sent unto them another servant; and at him they cast stones, and wounded him in the head, and sent him away shamefully handled.
5: And again he sent another; and him they killed, and many others; beating some, and killing some.
6: Having yet therefore one son, his wellbeloved, he sent him also last unto them, saying, They will reverence my son.
7: But those husbandmen said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance shall be ours.
8: And they took him, and killed him, and cast him out of the vineyard.
9: What shall therefore the lord of the vineyard do? he will come and destroy the husbandmen, and will give the vineyard unto others.
10: And have ye not read this scripture; The stone which the builders rejected is become the head of the corner:
11: This was the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?
12: And they sought to lay hold on him, but feared the people: for they knew that he had spoken the parable against them: and they left him, and went their way.
This parable is directed toward the Jewish people. If you read the Old Testament the Jewish people rebelled against God time after time. God would send a prophet to warn the people of their trespasses. Usually these prophets were handled wrongly and sometimes killed. God would punish Israel, they would repent and then slowly start backsliding again until God would send another prophet to warn them of their sins. Until God sent his Son and him they had killed. With the death of Christ on the cross all believers became the children of God, no longer was Israel the privilege nation of God and in A.D. 70 the Romans destroyed the Jewish nation, and the nation of Israel disappeared until recent times, also a part of prophecy but a different subject for now. The death of Christ on the cross became the foundation for the New Covenant established with all that will believe on him.
Sat, Feb 7th - 2:36PM
27: And they come again to Jerusalem: and as he was walking in the temple, there come to him the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders,
28: And say unto him, By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority to do these things?
29: And Jesus answered and said unto them, I will also ask of you one question, and answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things.
30: The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or of men? answer me.
31: And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say, Why then did ye not believe him?
32: But if we shall say, Of men; they feared the people: for all men counted John, that he was a prophet indeed.
33: And they answered and said unto Jesus, We cannot tell. And Jesus answering saith unto them, Neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things.
These religious leaders had no real interest in finding out the truth about Jesus. They were trying to find some way to trap him with his words. These people were more interested in protecting their privilege positions of authority over the people that they thought Jesus was threating. If they were interested in the truth it could have been found. The truth of Jesus is available to all who truly seek it.
Thu, Feb 5th - 12:32AM
20: And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots.
21: And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto him, Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away.
22: And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.
23: For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
24: Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
25: And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.
26: But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.
Did Jesus really say we can have whatsoever we desire? These verses and others like them are often misused by prosperity preachers and the word of faith movement. If I pray for free illegal drugs, is God going to grant my desire? If I pray for a trillion dollars is God going to grant my desire? Of course not. Look at the Lord’s prayer, what did Jesus say? Thy will be done. If we aint praying according to the will of God is God going to grant our desires? Of course not. God isn’t some magical genie who is just waiting to grant everyone of our selfish desires. We are to pray according to the will of God then we will see the reward of our faith.
Tue, Feb 3rd - 10:45PM
12: And on the morrow, when they were come from Bethany, he was hungry:
13: And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet.
14: And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it.
15: And they come to Jerusalem: and Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves;
16: And would not suffer that any man should carry any vessel through the temple.
17: And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves.
18: And the scribes and chief priests heard it, and sought how they might destroy him: for they feared him, because all the people was astonished at his doctrine.
19: And when even was come, he went out of the city.
The Jewish leaders had turned the Temple of God into a place of corruption. Jesus became angry, yes angry, because the Jews had turned the temple into a place of extortion. He didn’t ask them to leave he drove them out. He didn’t say “oh well it’s no one of my business” he did something about it. Why do people hate Christians? Because they dare to speak out against the moral wrongs they see all around them. The world wants to be left alone to live in their sins and not to have anybody telling them they are sinning. After all sin has become a politically incorrect word.
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