Jesus wants to spend some time alone with his disciples. I wonder why? What is the most important thing that he wants to teach them? Well, let’s find out by …
“In my Father’s house are many mansions, if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto myself that where I am there you may be also.” John 14: 1-3
The crowd had witnessed the lack of power of the disciples. They had seen the accusations of the teachers of the law against Jesus. So, now Jesus waits until…
I want you to think of a situation in your life that has brought you to desperation. How strong is your faith, your trust in God, with regard to that situati…
One of the most striking things in this episode is that when Jesus says, “You unbelieving generation, how long shall I put up with you?” He isn’t speaking to…
A man had brought his demon-possessed son to be healed by Jesus. But Jesus had been up on the mountain, so instead the man asked His disciples to heal the boy. Watch this Bible devotional to know what happened next.
It’s interesting how Peter, James and John react to having witnessed the transfiguration of Jesus in His dazzling glory on the mountain top. And they certainly couldn’t understand what Jesus meant when He talked about “rising from the dead.” They threw around different ideas of what this could mean, all of them over-spiritualised, because they couldn’t get their heads around the possibility that Jesus meant just what He said.
The religious teachers taught that Moses and Elijah would come to earth to announce the coming of the Messiah. These were the two greatest prophets of their religion. But God the Father is displeased when Peter wants to build places of rest for Jesus, Moses, and Elijah. God hides the scene from view and his voice is heard from heaven pointing to His beloved Son, and commanding all to listen only to Him. And then, when the three disciples recovered, Moses and Elijah were gone. They saw Jesus only.
Peter, James and John are part of Jesus’ inner circle, since He makes a point of including them in some very special events. And so they witness Jesus glorified and speaking with Moses and Elijah. We don’t know what they spoke about, but it would have been an incredible conversation to have listened in on.
When Jesus said He was going to Jerusalem, where He would be killed, Peter strongly rebuked Him and wanted to stop Jesus from going because he didn’t fully understand the purpose of Jesus’ mission. And Jesus, in turn, has rebuked Peter for standing in His way with his worldly thinking and lack of spiritual understanding. Jesus wants to explain to His disciples the real purpose of His mission and why He must go to Jerusalem and the cross.
When Jesus announces that he is going to Jerusalem and that He will be killed, the disciples are devastated. Peter is usually the one who says what everyone else is thinking. And so, it’s Peter who takes Jesus aside and starts arguing with Him against going to Jerusalem.
Jesus has been travelling with His disciples for around three years now. He’s hoping that His disciples have learnt a thing or two in that time. He’s about to make a dramatic announcement, but before that, it’s important that they really know who He is.
Today we’re going to look at a very interesting miracle that Jesus did at Bethsaida. It’s got some important lessons for us.
After feeding the four thousand, Jesus and the disciples travel on by boat. But it seems that the disciples haven’t learnt the lessons of the great miracles that Jesus has recently done. Watch this devotional to learn more about what happened.
There are some people whom no amount of evidence will ever be sufficient to convince them of the truth. The Pharisees didn’t believe in Jesus because of a lack of evidence.
After making the twelve disciples see that they could do nothing to resolve the problem, Jesus now told the crowd to sit down on the ground. All eyes were now only on Him…
A little while ago, Jesus had fed five thousand. They were Jewish people. This time, Jesus fed four thousand. These were Gentiles, not Jews. ​Jesus…
Again, departing from the region of Tyre and Sidon, Jesus came through the midst of the region of Decapolis to the Sea of Galilee. Then they brought to…
This woman wasn’t Jewish. She was clearly a Gentile. And the way that Jesus treated this woman may seem strange to us. Why didn’t he simply heal her daughter…
The Pharisees taught that you became a sinner when you allowed what was outside you in the sinful world into your life. But the teaching of Jesus was the opp…
How can someone nullify the Word of God? Human traditions are much easier to follow than the commandments of God. Because they’re human rules, you don’t risk…
A striking thing in what Jesus says to the Pharisees is his definition of hypocrisy. We tend to think that hypocrisy is saying one thing but doing another. M…
The Pharisees believed that in order to properly keep the law that is found in the Bible, it was important to keep hundreds of other more specific oral laws …
Mark wants us to contrast Jesus’ experience in Nazareth with his experience in Gennesaret. Here they ran from throughout the whole region to welcome Jesus. Here, the people had…
“Later that night, the boat was in the middle of the lake, and he was alone on land. He saw the disciples straining at the oars, because the wind was against them…
We often focus on the feeding of the five thousand and not on what was leftover. We do the same things in our lives as well. We are often so fixated on what …
When Jesus tells the disciples that they should give the people something to eat, they respond to him with economics! They show him how it’s an economic impo…
The crowds are hungry. Too often we think there’s a problem when there really isn’t, because Jesus is still in control. And Jesus lets us try to fix it to he…
Everywhere you look today, there is a sense of “lostness” in the world. People desperately seek their identity in temporary, material things that ultimately …
Have you ever been so busy that you’ve missed a meal? Or two? I’ve done it sometimes, and it’s not good! You can imagine the twelve disciples gathered around…
King Herod was puzzled by John the Baptist, because John challenged his worldview. He was intrigued by John. He liked to listen to him. Deep down, he knew Jo…
The impression we get is that King Herod probably didn’t mind John the Baptist so much. But Herodias hated John the Baptist for publicly speaking out against…
Jesus had his eye on the spiritual lesson that he wanted the Apostles to learn: that when they were on a mission for Him they weren’t to burden themselves do…
After healing the daughter of Jairus by the sea of Galilee, Jesus now travels inland to his hometown, Nazareth. When you think of home, perhaps you think of …
Jesus has just arrived at the house of Jairus, where everyone was crying and wailing loudly, mourning his daughter. Jesus spoke with power of His word. When …
The people there thought that they knew more about death than Jesus did. And when Jesus confronted them with the truth, they laughed at him. They didn’t unde…
In this episode, Jesus says three wonderful things to the bleeding woman. The first thing He does is to affirm her healing. The second thing is to give her H…
Jesus has just been asked by Jairus to come to his house to heal his daughter. But on the way, He is interrupted. Who touches His clothes? Why does she do th…
When Jesus arrives back on the eastern shore of the Lake of Galilee, He performs a series of powerful miracles. What is so unusual about the request for heal…
The man who has just been liberated from power of Satan is so grateful that he wants to follow Jesus. What does Jesus tell this man to do? Why does He give H…
Jesus has been confronted by a man possessed by many demons in the land of the Gerasenes. What happens when Jesus commands the demons to leave the man? How d…
This interesting story describes what the devils experience in the presence of Jesus. The demons cause this man to run to Jesus from a distance, not to attac…
Jesus had gone to the other side of the lake to get some rest. But instead, he received a noisy and dramatic welcome. What does the story of the demon-posses…
When Jesus calmed the wind and the waves, this told His disciples something about Him that they had not realised before. What was this? And what does this te…
With such a hectic schedule, Jesus was in desperate need of rest. But how could He sleep in a boat, while a storm threatened the lives of His closest followe…
In today’s episode, we find out that Jesus spoke differently to the crowds who came to hear him publicly, then to his disciples in private. Why was this? And…
Our problems in life seem so big that by comparison spiritual things can seem very small. It’s easy to ignore the teachings of Jesus. And if you ignore Jesu…
The Word of God is powerful in and of itself. That’s why, once the seed has been scattered, it grows and develops by itself. The lesson of this parable is th…
In this episode, Jesus is still speaking to his disciples about his teachings. He tells them to think very carefully about what he is saying. But, he tells h…
Jesus tells them that his parables are actually meant to shine a light on things that are hard to understand. He says that his teachings are like a lamp that…
The parable of the sower is about different soils that represent different kinds of people, and how they receive the word: the Good News about Jesus…
Do you have spiritual understanding – spiritual discernment – in your life? That’s an important question. Do you want to learn more about Jesus and his story…
The question that this parable asks is, “What kind of life do you want to live?” Do you want to live merely a small life, or do you want to live a life that’…
Have you ever been misunderstood by your family, or perhaps your friends, for your decision to put Jesus first? I’m sure it was difficult. How did you cope? …
Look at the positive part of what Jesus said. Every sin can be forgiven. Some people talk about the “unpardonable sin” but actually this phrase does not appe…
The teachers of the law can’t deny what Jesus is doing; that he really is liberating people from the power of demons. What is the one area of your life in wh…
Why does it so often feel like those who are closest to us are the ones who know us the least? We’ve all had family troubles at some stage or another. Who do…
Jesus didn’t choose people who were qualified. He chose people who were willing to say “yes,” and then he qualified them. How does that play out in your life…
Jesus has all power in whatever area of your life you might be experiencing weakness. Think about how you have treated Jesus in the past. Have you neglected …
Have you ever had a moment or a time in your life when you felt that God was so close to you – as if you were touching Jesus? Is it something that you would …
This is the first time that Mark tells us that Jesus was angry. Jesus’ anger stemmed from the misunderstanding of the Pharisees about the purpose of the Sabb…
There are people today who say that the Sabbath doesn’t matter. But Jesus said that the Sabbath has been given to us to meet the needs of humanity, to be a b…
As you watch this devotional, reflect on these questions: How do you express your Christian beliefs and values in your life? Is Jesus, the Bridegroom, eviden…
As you watch this devotional, take some time to examine yourself carefully. With which of the two sets of characters in the story do you really identify, th…
Jesus called Matthew. He was attracted to the presence of Jesus that no fame and fortune can equal. He left everything behind just to follow Him. How about you? …
Often, in our heart of hearts, we think that it’s more difficult for God to forgive us from our sins than to heal us from our physical illness…
Take a moment to think about the barriers that stand in the way of your friends meeting Jesus. How can you demolish those barriers? Do you have that kind of …
Jesus has just healed a man with leprosy. He gave him strict instructions not to speak to anyone about this, but he did. Think about your own religious exper…
There are many people who want to receive God’s blessing, but they think they haven’t done enough to deserve it, or that they’re unworthy. Are you ready to f…
The secret of Jesus’ power was His connection with the Father through prayer. But the disciples were more focused on the work that needed to be done than on …
When the demons wanted to publicly identify Jesus, Jesus silenced them even though they were only speaking the truth. The devil speaks to us as well. He whi…
Simon and Andrew tell Jesus about their mother’s illness. She was sick with a fever. In those days, without antibiotics and modern medicines, the illnesses…
Jesus displays His power by casting out a demon from a man. This highlights Jesus’ power over the devil. Do you realise that if devils quake in their boots i…
Gary Kent looks at how Jesus called His first disciples. Apostle Mark says that Jesus called them while He walked beside the sea. He barely pauses to call these men, and they follow Him…
Jesus announced two conditions necessary for us to receive the kingdom of God. He also said the kingdom is near. It’s a simple but powerful message that elec…
Sometimes we think that when you choose to serve God, suddenly everything becomes easier and more pleasant. But Mark tells us that when Jesus was baptised, t…
Father said to the Son, “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” Have you ever considered that He longs to say the very same words to you too? Watch the devotional to learn more.
In our culture, like in Jesus’ day, we tend to show our power and status through external things, by what we wear, where and how often we travel and by the house and car we own. However, true power doesn’t come from the external trappings. Watch this devotional to learn more.
The Gospel of Mark starts with a messenger. It also presents us with a challenge. Are you willing to accept it? Watch the devotional to learn more. Join us on a very practical journey through the Bible and discover gems that will bring you closer to Jesus.