Our journey through the Gospel of Mark is about to come to a close. The entire book has been pointing to the events of the next few weeks. We’ve been seeing and following Jesus, learning who he is and what he has done for us! We've seen Jesus heal the sick, give sight to the blind, make the lame walk, and raise the dead. The picture today, though, is that of humility and punishment as he is mocked for not freeing himself. Why did they mock him? Why did he endure it? As we gather today we will hear from Jesus his answer.
In every revolution, the new people in power destroy their enemies. Jesus started a revolution by loving and forgiving his enemies. Obviously, Jesus is a different kind of king. And Jesus’ people bring about change in a different kind of way. We’re glad you’re with us today to hear Mark’s account of Jesus’ trial before Pilate. May Jesus’ few words and his substitutionary life cause a revolution in your heart. We call that “church.”
A Lenten devotion written by Pastor Tom Trapp. Read by Pastor Randy Hunter.
The word judge is volatile. Maybe it’s because we don't want anyone to tell us what to do… not even God. Maybe it’s because too often we put ourselves on God’s throne, hand down a ruling, determine a penalty, and even insist that it be carried out (and more often than not we get it wrong). In our worship today, let God the Spirit show you through his Word the kind of Judge God is. You’ll notice most of our prayers, songs, and talk is from God’s Word. You’re about to experience what God does through it. May he fill your life with blessing…and fill you with trust in surprising judgments.
Welcome to Lent. The word just means “springtime” but it’s more than one of four seasons. It’s a time to prepare for the greatest event in the history of the universe and of your life: Jesus’ resurrection. On Thursdays and Sundays, we keep the Easter theme. On Wednesdays, we gather for brief evening devotions on Jesus’ suffering and death. But this year, our series on the Gospel of Mark brings us into Jesus’ suffering and death even on Sundays in Lent. Today, Peter’s denial. But see it as more than a history lesson of a failed disciple. See it as a lesson drawn from your own failure. And find the same healing Peter found: in the Good News of Jesus. If you want to dig deeper into this text, join one of the Mark Growth Groups and subscribe to receive daily Mark devotions at st-andrew-online.org/mark.
Today we see the heart of Jesus on display. We pause at his transfiguration where he reveals his glory and speaks with Moses and Elijah about what is about to take place. We see his love for his disciples so physically and emotionally exhausted they can't keep their eyes open. And we see Jesus' humanity, pleading for an alternative to what is coming, but humbly and willingly obedient to the Father's will. We journey to Gethsemane to learn of prayer and trust in God.