Mark: Faith in Action

Week 9(4-10 Mar.) – 3rd Sunday of Lent

Sunday – Challenging Christ’s Authority

Scripture Reading: Mark 11:27-33

When Jesus and the crowd returns to Jerusalem and the temple the darkness is ready to attack and the glorious entry to Jerusalem becomes a memory and the battle begins with the chief priests, scribes, and the elders beginning to question Jesus’ authority.  When the light begins to work in our lives the first area darkness works to keep us away is to question authority.  We want our own authority.  We don’t like to give our authority to others.  Coming to Jesus is to give Jesus the authority in our lives.  Many do not come to Jesus because they don’t want to give him authority in our lives.

Pastor’s Pondering:  What does this look like in life?

Monday – Parable of Wicked Tenants  

Scripture Reading: Mark 12:1-12

Darkness even uses religion as a way to keep the light from shining in the darkness.  These are the false prophets, priests and preachers that use the faith as a means for their own purposes.  Just as the tenants (you know who they are) killed the owner’s servants (Prophets) and will kill the Son (Jesus) So they will be punished but it will be so that “The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; this was the Lord’s doing, and it is amazing in our eyes.”  When the light confronts the darkness, the dark is either filled with the light or it hides away and the darkness inside becomes darker.

Pastor’s Pondering:  What does this look like in life?

Tuesday – Paying Taxes

Scripture Reading: Mark 12:13-17

The next response from the darkness is to keep people away on the grounds of politics.  In this story, we see the Pharisees (Jews that believed in strict following of the Rabbinical Laws) and Herodians (Jews that have adopted Greek culture) who are at the ends of the political spectrum but come together to politically lead people away from Jesus.  When our political leanings become an obstacle in our life of faith in action we let the darkness to begin to take the place of our light.

Pastor’s Pondering:  What does this look like in life?

Wednesday – Sadducees and Resurrection

Scripture Reading: Mark 12:18-27

When the Sadducees come to question Jesus, it is to “trick” him with an unanswerable theological question.  Many times, it is these questions that the darkness uses to keep the light from shining in people’s lives.  There are questions that we won’t have answers for in this life.  Some feel that unless they have all the answers, they can’t believe.  Jesus answers with the reliance on God – the God of the Living not of the dead.  The God who is the way, the truth and the life.  In Him, do we trust – even without all the answers.

Pastor’s Pondering:  What does this look like in life?

Thursday – The Great Commandment

Scripture Reading: Mark 12:28-34

Sometimes we can become so myopic that we lose sight of the light and the darkness can come in.  When Jesus is asked which is the greatest commandment, it is to discredit him because there is more than one commandment in the Law.  Jesus correctly points out that is about loving God and Loving others which summarizes all scripture.  We must do both in order to shine God’s light (which is God’s love) in the darkness within ourselves and in the world.

Pastor’s Pondering:  What does this look like in life?

Friday – Christ’s Unanswerable Question

Scripture Reading: Mark 12:35-37

In the darkness, we can only see close to us but in the light, we can see eternity.  When Jesus asks “how can the scribes say that the Messiah is the son of David… David himself calls him Lord: so how can he be his son?” it seems impossible.  When we look at this through human eyes and minds we can’t understand it but when we see it through God we can begin to see the bigger picture and understand with a peace that passes all understanding.  Humanly, Christ’s question is unanswerable.  Divinely, it speaks of the truth of life.

Pastor’s Pondering:  What does this look like in life?

Saturday – Christ’s Warning to Us

Scripture Reading: Mark 12:38-40

Christ’s warning about the scribes is for all leaders who can run the danger of leading for the glory and not for the service.  When we lead for our own benefit and not to serve others, when we lead for our own glory and not for the glory of God and others, when we lead to make ourselves look better and not for the betterment of others then we bring condemnation upon ourselves just like the scribes.

Pastor’s Pondering:  What does this look like in life?

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