Mark: Faith in Action

Week 12(25-30 Mar.) – Palm Sunday

Sunday – Ultimate Betrayal

Scripture Reading: Mark 14:43-52

On the day of the Church Calendar that we celebrate the glory day of Palm Sunday, we look in our reading of the Good News of Christ of the dark day of the betrayal of Jesus.  Jesus was betrayed by Judas with a kiss.  But, he was also betrayed by the disciples as they fled on his arrest.  Their sin was laid bare like the naked man who left his loin cloth.  On Palm Sunday when Jesus rides into Jerusalem as the Messiah, we look to the dark day of Christ being betrayed, arrested and led off like a lamb to the slaughter as the Messiah, alone.

Pastor’s Pondering:  What does this mean to a disciple of Christ?

Monday – On Trial 

Scripture Reading: Mark 14:53-65

Just as the darkness puts Jesus on trial, so we have been told by Jesus that we will be put on trial for our faith in action.  We must remember that we may be falsely accused of things to discredit us in the world.  If so, we are to trust that the Holy Spirit will give us the right words to share.  We are to trust that God’s will will be done even when it may not seem like it.  We also must consider if accused of being disciples of Christ would our lives present enough evidence to be convicted.

Pastor’s Pondering:  What does this mean to a disciple of Christ?

Tuesday – Life Denial

Scripture Reading: Mark 14:66-72

As we read the story of Peter denying that he knows Jesus three times before the rooster crows, we are reminded that Jesus knows us –   the good and the bad.  In our darkest moment when we feel that we have totally let down Jesus, Jesus knew we would, Jesus loves us, Jesus forgives us and Jesus will change us that we may truly put our faith in action.  We know this because we know the rest of Peter’s story.

Pastor’s Pondering:  What does this mean to a disciple of Christ?

Wednesday – Questioning Jesus

Scripture Reading: Mark 15:1-5

Like Pontius Pilate, many will be “amazed” and ask questions of Jesus.  The question that we are faced with is does Jesus shine in our lives enough that people ask questions about Jesus?  Do people see that Jesus is our King, our Lord?  Do people see our Faith in Jesus in action that would raise questions from their amazement at what the Holy Spirit is doing in our lives and lives together?   Do people see Jesus at work in us?

Pastor’s Pondering:  What does this mean to a disciple of Christ?

Thursday – Maundy Thursday (Who is in our Midst?)

Scripture Reading: Mark 15:6-15

On Maundy Thursday, when the Church calendar looks to the Lord gathering with the disciples and instituting the Lord Supper, we look to Pilate offering up to the Jews Barabbas or Jesus, out of grace to be saved from execution.  Darkness seems to win when Barabbas is chosen from Pilate’s grace but the truth is that it sets the stage so that Jesus will be able to administer God’s grace justly and the light to shine through the darkness.  At the Table, we have chosen Jesus who gives us God’s grace that saves us from our sins and brings us into God’s kingdom.

Pastor’s Pondering:  What does this mean to a disciple of Christ?

Friday – Jesus Crowned and Crucified

Scripture Reading: Mark 15:16-32

As Mark relates the story of Jesus being crowned and crucified it is highlighting the torment that Jesus went through.  Mark shares the taunting that Jesus endures making this time even darker for Jesus.  When the darkness confronts the light it is to ridicule, to hurt, to destroy, to kill the light – for the days are evil – until the final victory.  As they treated Jesus so the darkness will treat His followers.

Pastor’s Pondering:  What does this mean to a disciple of Christ?

Saturday – Christ’s death and Burial

Scripture Reading: Mark 15:33-47

Some key points in Christ’s death and burial are that through Jesus’ faith in action, people are still being drawn to Him – The centurion and Joseph of Arimethea.  When Jesus cries out “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me” is from Christ taking our sins upon himself and feeling that total separation from God.  The temple curtain is the curtain separating God’s room from the people’s part of the temple.  It being torn in two symbolizes Christ tearing down the separation of God and sinners.  Christ as the sacrificial lamb for our sins is also the Passover lamb that marks us for life and not death.

Pastor’s Pondering:  What does this mean to a disciple of Christ?

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