Mark 13 is a difficult chapter to grab hold of as it is full of Old Testament ideas and images and Jesus intertwines two strands of teaching into one. What we can know is that there are three things which give us encouragement. First, Jesus forewarned us that things would happen; God is not surprised.
At first glance it appears that this passage in Mark is about sacrificial giving; that the widow who gave two small copper coins is giving so much more out of her poverty than the rich are giving out of their abundance and so we too should give sacrificially like the widow. However, in a closer
Jesus is the answer we’ve all be looking for. But often Christians mistakenly assume our friends are asking the same questions we asked when we found Jesus. So we get discouraged when others don’t see how wonderful Jesus is. Sharing Jesus in contemporary Australia is becoming more of a cross-cultural experience – which means we
The time of God’s grace is limited. In the time of Nahum, the Ninevites experienced God’s judgement, while Judah experienced His comfort and deliverance. God will once again come in judgement as night falls on the day of grace. Jesus will come as Judge, Warrior, and Deliverer. On this day, will you be counted as
In the passage, Jesus is asking the important question, ‘What do you think about the Christ?’ For the Teachers of the Law to answer this question would radically alter everything in their lives. It would have changed their entire world view. It would have changed their associations and friendships. It would have affected their families
In the busyness of life, it is very easy for us to not think about how short life is. We make big plans for the future and live our lives as though we are definitely going to reach a ripe old age, and yet forget that we may not even have tomorrow. Our life is
Following on from last Sunday where we looked at the greatest commandment we will pick up the teaching of Moses to the people of Israel. If loving God is as important as we have discussed, then surely the most important heritage we can pass on to our children is a love for the Lord. From
The image of God we see in the Bible, most notably the Old Testament prophets, is a sight to leave us in pure awe and wonder. Isaiah and Job certainly felt awe at the sight of the living God. In our modern age however, we find that God the Father and God the Son have
[Reading: Mark 12:28-34] In our journey through Mark’s gospel we have come to a passage we know so well. Because it is so familiar it’s lost the revolutionary impact it would have had on the Teacher of the Law, the disciples and others listening in. In Jesus’ response there is a little word repeated four
So much happens in the week between Jesus’ triumphal entry and his death. This time we meet the Sadducees who come with a scenario meant to trap Jesus, this time religiously. The Phari- sees and Herodians had been silenced with a political question to trap Jesus, now it’s the turn of another group to try.
God not only used Hosea’s words, but his very life to point out Israel’s unfaithfulness to him but also his great love for them. The book of Hosea foreshadows God’s redemptive work on the cross through Jesus Christ.Read More +
We have been dipping in and out of Mark’s gospel for some time. We left it last time, just before the Triumphal entry. We pick it up again, with the teaching of Jesus through the last week of His earthly life, the time between Palm Sunday and His crucifixion. Jesus packs a lot of activityRead More +
We may often be faced with some common hang-ups with the authority of the Bible when it comes to why we believe what we believe. Who hasn’t heard these sorts of remarks: “Why believe something that was written so long ago?” “Times have changed, move on.” “Can we believe that what was said and doneRead More +
Over against the war-scarred, sin-strangled world, let us reflect on the wonder of wonders in the text of texts. The measure of love is always its willingness to give; its capacity for sacrifice. In giving Christ, God gives us all things in Him. He leaves the throne of heaven for a stable in Bethlehem andRead More +