The Son of Man Must Suffer | Mark 8:31-9:1

And he began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes and be killed, and after three days rise again. And he said this plainly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But turning and …

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Judging the Gods | Exodus 12:12

and on all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments: I am the LORD. Exodus 12:12 ESV We have already observed that the plagues of Egypt often targeted specific Egyptian gods. The prelude sign of the staff turning into a serpent displayed God’s superiority of the power of Pharaoh, which Pharaoh sought to invoke …

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The King Has Come

The Baptism & Temptation of Jesus | Mark 1:9-13

In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with …

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The Beginning of the Gospel | Mark 1:1

The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Mark 1:1 ESV Mark is an overlooked book. Consider the book’s companions. John and Matthew were both firsthand witnesses to Jesus. Matthew’s Gospel serves as a perfect bridge from the Old Testament to the New Testament, while showing Jesus to be the promised …

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A Sure & Steadfast Anchor of the Soul | Hebrews 6:19-20

We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek. Hebrews 6:19-20 ESV Considering the crucifixion is a bit like gazing …

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The Death (& Triumph) of the King

https://youtu.be/EUB8ANPAP0g The earth first groaned as Adam’s curse fell upon it. Formed, shaped, and teeming with life by the Maker’s Word, this otherwise insignificant planet gleamed with the radiance of emerald and sapphire in the midst of a vast and awesome cosmos. God, the Maker Himself, was King, the eternal King with no beginning and …

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Biblical Wisdom

Where There Are No Oxen, The Manger Is Clean | Proverbs 14:4

Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean, but abundant crops come by the strength of the ox. Proverbs 14:4   I am aiming, not simply to live life, but to live it abundantly. The LORD has called us to do so. He who is the resurrection and the life will be faithful to …

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The Crucifixion

suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. Bruce Shelley opens his account of church history with this statement: “Christianity is the only major religion to have as its central event the humiliation of its God.” Indeed, it is no small fact that all four Gospels give extensive …

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The Sacrificial King | Day 17

But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. Isaiah 53:5 ESV For Isaiah, this must have been one of the most confusing messages that God ever gave to him. Beginning in 52:13, the LORD …

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