Jesus could so easily become a king in the normal way, given the size of the crowds who are flooding to him and the power he appears to wield. Yet his kingdom is not of this world. So he does
Jesus can do nothing for his opponents until they are willing to open their minds, because they are trapped by their traditions and rules. This is now demonstrated by a clash over the keeping of the Sabbath day of rest.
Jesus has previously shown that his miracles are pointers to his greatest work: forgiveness for sin. That’s even clearer when he calls Levi to follow him. Though named after the priestly tribe of Israel, this man has become an ‘unclean’
As Jesus works through the synagogues of Galilee, he meets an ‘unclean’ man. The man has a skin disease which is not only unpleasant but also blocks him out from Israel’s worship. With a single touch, Jesus transforms the man.
Recent events at a synagogue stir interest in Jesus, but he won’t play to the crowds. He heads to the private residence of Simon and Andrew, even though it is currently a place of sickness. There he touchingly heals Simon’s
Jesus replaces John as the public figure of God’s kingdom. His work begins in the north, in the borderlands where Israel has long suffered invasion from foreign powers due to her sinful rebellion against God. Jesus builds a team around
Mark’s gospel is the announcement of the coming of God’s king: Jesus, a king whom none can ignore. He begins with a dramatic opening as God sends a prophesied herald to start the ball rolling. John comes to warn the
Mark wrote his gospel in the 1st century AD, probably based on his work assisting the apostle Peter. It reliably announces Jesus as God’s king to whom all must respond. It can be trusted to tell us the core of
Philemon 20-25. The Lord Jesus invited the weary to find rest in him. Christians take that example and live it out in daily life: our aim must be not to tire others but refresh them. Paul uses that thought as
Philemon 15-19. God loves to see reconciliation. Paul presses this on his slave-owning friend, as he returns the runaway slave Onesimus to him. He hints that maybe God even brought about these circumstances so that they could come together in