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Identity of Jesus - Calvary

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SYNOPSISOnly in his sacrificial death can the identity of Jesus and the nature of his messiahship be understood.
Threaded through the Gospel of Mark is an ironic storyline - Until his crucifixion, no one recognized who Jesus was or acknowledged him to be the “Son of God,” except the demons he exorcised.
At his baptism in the Jordan, a voice from heaven proclaimed Jesus the beloved “Son.” The demons that he casts out recognized him, although he silenced them (“for they knew who he was”). In contrast, men and women in the Gospel of Mark were without perception, unable to understand his identity (Mark 1:10-11, 1:24-34, 5:7).

Triumphal Entrance

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SYNOPSIS:  The destination of Jesus at the end of his journey was the Temple. The events of his final week all centered on the Temple - Mark 11:1-11
Mark chapters 11 through 13 prepare the reader for the Passion narrative of chapters 14 through 16. This means that a full third of the gospel of Mark focuses on the events of the final week of Jesus. The entirety of the gospel of Mark leads up to the arrest, trial, and execution of the Son of God.

Blind Bar-Timaeus Saved

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SYNOPSIS:  Jesus restores the sight of a blind beggar while he is “on the way” to his death in the city of Jerusalem - Mark 10:46-52
This is the last recorded healing miracle in the gospel of Mark. It probably was no coincidence that Jesus is here designated “the Nazarene.” The only other place in Mark’s gospel where he is so identified is Mark 1:24 when Jesus exorcised a demon and, thus, delivered one oppressed by the Devil. That was his first recorded healing miracle in Mark. Thus, “Nazarene” was used to frame Jesus’ first and last healing miracles.

His Imminent Death

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SYNOPSIS:  Jesus was “on the way” to Jerusalem where he would suffer arrest, trial and execution Mark 10:32-34
Once again, the narrative of the gospel of Mark refers to Jesus who is “on the way,” treading his inexorable journey that ends in Jerusalem with his arrest, trial, and execution. This theme occurs several times in this gospel, beginning with the quotation of John the Baptist’s from Isaiah: “Prepare a way before the Lord.” This paragraph adds that they were “going up to Jerusalem,” an apt description. Jerusalem was located approximately 1,060 meters above the Jordan River valley (Mark 1:2-3, 2:23, 8:27).

Young Rich Man

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SYNOPSIS:  To follow Jesus means to surrender one’s entire life, past, present, and future, and to walk wherever he leads, no questions asked - Mark 10:17-31
One day a young rich man ran up to Jesus to ask what he should do to inherit everlasting life.  In this story, the reader is confronted with the cost and meaning of discipleship. The gospel of Matthew describes this man as “young,” in the gospel of Luke, he is a “ruler.” While his haste and his act of kneeling before Jesus were unusual, they point to his sincerity. This is confirmed by the comment that Jesus loved him (Mark 10:17-31).

Question About Divorce

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SYNOPSIS:  Opponents question Jesus about divorce in order to trap him. He, in turn, uses it to teach the higher ways of the Kingdom of God" - Mark 10:1-16A Question About Divorce. In both the gospels of Mark and Matthew, Jesus is confronted by religious opponents in order to test him. This issue posed to Jesus was not intended as a comprehensive or all-encompassing ruling on divorce; rather, this forms another ‘controversy story’ typical of the gospel of Mark.