So much of contemporary Christianity aims at having joy, but with no willingness to pay for it. We want jubilation without crucifixion. We crave success stories while ardently avoiding stories about suffering. We want coronation without the cross. In other words, most Christians are just like the disciples of whom Mark so faithfully wrote. We are selective in our listening. We tune out the hard sayings of Jesus while tuning in to his happier sayings. But as Mark seeks to instruct us from this passage, we need to get a good look at Jesus, and then, we need to carefully listen to him. When we do, we will live as he intends.
Scripture References: Mark 9:1-13
An exposition of the Gospel of Mark by Doug Van Meter.
|Good News in a Bad News World (Mark 1:1–8)||Doug Van Meter||11 March 2018||Watch||Listen|
|Approved, and Proved (Mark 1:9–13)||Doug Van Meter||18 March 2018||Watch||Listen|
|The Gospel of the Kingdom (Mark 1:14–15)||Doug Van Meter||25 March 2018||Watch||Listen|
|Answer the Call (Mark 1:16–20)||Doug Van Meter||8 April 2018||Watch||Listen|
|Kingdom Authority (Mark 1:21–28)||Doug Van Meter||22 April 2018||Watch||Listen|
|Kingdom Authority (Part 2) (Mark 1:29–34)||Doug Van Meter||13 May 2018||Watch||Listen|
|Praying in the Wilderness (Mark 1:35–39)||Doug Van Meter||20 May 2018||Watch||Listen|
|Merciful Indignation (Mark 1:40–45)||Doug Van Meter||27 May 2018||Watch||Listen|
|Forgiveness (Mark 2:1–12)||Doug Van Meter||3 June 2018||Watch||Listen|
|Scandalous Salvation (Mark 2:13–17)||Doug Van Meter||10 June 2018||Watch||Listen|