Just a day after feeding the 5,000 and walking on the water, Jesus encounters Pharisees from Jerusalem in Capernaum. There, He rebukes them for exalting their "traditions" and completely missing the heart of God in the Law of Moses. This episode develops one of the main controversies Jesus often has with the Jewish authorities.
All resources referencing Mark 3
While Jesus was with a large crowd, His mother and brothers come searching for him. Not only was Jesus utterly misunderstood by most of the people He ministered to, but His own family and those He was closest to profoundly misunderstood Him. This episode looks at this scene and closes with a pastoral exhortation on how to deal with mistreatment.
While dining with some Pharisees, Jesus encounters a sinful woman who shed tears of repentance on His feet. Apart from the awkwardness of the situation, the Pharisees were made even more uncomfortable because Jesus once again asserts His divinity and forgives her sins.
Just another day later according to John's gospel, Jesus meets a friend of Philip's named Nathanael. Nathanael enthusiastically confesses his belief in Jesus as the Christ. This episode expounds on the significance of Jesus' words about the heavens opening and "angels ascending and descending on the son of man". What a glorious passage!
Mark is the shortest, most succinct, and most action-packed Gospel out of the four. In this episode, I cover Mark's author, the date it was written, and some of the major themes and literary style of the book. The most important point we should understand for the purpose of this series is that Mark is chronologically arranged and focuses on Jesus' ministry in Galilee and the last week of His life before the cross in Jerusalem.
Have your words or actions ever been misconstrued? Have you ever felt the pain of rejection from close friends or family? Though sin and the curse have made these things a common human experience, God Himself has felt the pain of misunderstanding.
Throughout Jesus' life and ministry, there were several groups of people who interacted frequently with Him:
- His own family (His mother Mary, His four brothers and His sisters) - Matthew 13:55-56
- The women who attended to Him and cared for His needs (Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Susanna) - Luke 8:2-3