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“But Jesus said nothing, much to Pilate’s surprise” (Mark 15:5 NLT).

March 11, 2022

JESUS WAS SILENT As Christ’s accusers made charge after charge against Him, the Roman governor was surprised at His silence. Pilate already suspected that the Jews were acting out of “envy” (Mark 15:10), but he was amazed that Jesus offered no defense. No doubt he was accustomed to seeing the accused blubber out a passionate

“Simon, are you asleep? Couldn’t you watch with me even one hour? Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak” (Mark 14:37 NLT).

March 9, 2022

INVITED TO PRAY WITH JESUS Jesus invited Simon Peter, James, and John to keep watch and pray with Him in the Garden of Gethsemane. It was the night of His betrayal, the day before His trial and crucifixion. He wanted them as prayer partners. They were willing, but their flesh was weak. It had been

“I tell you the truth, wherever the Good News is preached throughout the world, this woman’s deed will be remembered and discussed.” (Mark 14:9 NLT).

March 8, 2022

ONLY WHAT’S DONE FOR CHRIST WILL LAST On the Wednesday of Passion Week, Jesus and His disciples took a day of rest a short distance from Jerusalem in a town called Bethany. While eating a meal at Simon the leper’s house, a woman anointed Jesus’ head with an expensive perfume worth a year’s wages. This

“Then everyone will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds with great power and glory” (Mark 13:26 NLT).

March 7, 2022

ARE YOU READY FOR CHRIST’S RETURN? Referring to Himself by the Messianic title, “Son of Man,” Jesus described His Second Coming to His disciples. This will occur at the end of the Great Tribulation. This is not the Rapture (cf. 1 Thess. 4:13-18), which precedes the seven years of tribulation, but the time when Jesus

“Jesus sat down near the collection box in the Temple and watched as the crowds dropped in their money” (Mark 12:41 NLT).

March 6, 2022

JESUS WATCHES OUR GIVING Jesus sat near the Temple collection box so that He might watch who was giving and how much they were giving. He did this to teach a lesson to His disciples. As they witnessed the rich tossing handfuls of coins into the Temple treasury, the heavy coins made a loud metallic

“They were now on the way up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking ahead of them. The disciples were filled with awe, and the people following behind were overwhelmed with fear” (Mark 10:32 NLT).

March 2, 2022

JESUS HAS GONE AHEAD OF US AND FOR US Jesus led the way up from Jericho to Jerusalem to face his ultimate purpose for coming–– the cross. The walk up from Jericho would take about 6-8 hours as they traveled the Roman road, the ruins of which can still be seen today. It was a

“I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24 NLT).

February 27, 2022

OVERCOMING OUR DOUBTS This is the confession of a man who desperately wanted to believe, but still had doubts. This doesn’t sound like the greatest of confessions, yet Jesus healed the man’s son nonetheless. Jesus still answers the prayers of those who have a mixture of doubt and belief. The important thing is to confess

“After telling everyone good-bye, he went up into the hills by himself to pray” (Mark 6:46 NLT).

February 23, 2022

DO YOU GET ALONE TO PRAY? After a long day filled with teaching and miraculously feeding the 5,000, Jesus insisted that His disciples go on ahead while He went up into the hills to pray. Jesus wanted some time alone to talk to His Father. For the Son did “nothing of Himself” (John 5:19). Everything

“And He was amazed at their unbelief.” (Mark 6:6 NLT).

February 22, 2022

FAMILIARITY IS NOT FAITH When Jesus began teaching and performing miracles in His hometown of Nazareth, “He was amazed at their unbelief.” Can you imagine that? That the Son of God was “amazed” at the lack of faith He saw in the very neighbors that should have known Him best? Turns out they knew a

“Then Jesus stopped the crowd and wouldn’t let anyone go with him except Peter, James, and John” (Mark 5:37 NLT).

February 21, 2022

CHRIST’S METHOD OF LIFE-ON-LIFE DISCIPLESHIP When Jesus went into the home of the synagogue ruler whose daughter had died, He only permitted three of the Twelve to follow inside. Peter, James and John were often singled out for such occasions. They were witnesses on that day of Jesus raising the synagogue ruler’s daughter up from