Time has revealed more confusion and disagreement about the person of Jesus than can be charted. How can it possibly be that a community of people would worship and believe in a King who was shamefully crucified? Might there be more to this man and to the Kingdom He said He was bringing? Who is Jesus?
JANUARY 15 | WHO IS JESUS?
Like an alarm that goes off as the sun is rising, the beginning of Mark’s gospel makes us leap out of our beds to see that something entirely new, and yet old, is now happening with the arrival of this man named Jesus. Who is He, and what does He mean for all our lives now?
READ AHEAD: Mark 1:1-13, Isaiah 63:15-64:4, Amos 4:12-5:18
JANUARY 22 | MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE
Jesus healed the sick and drove out demons, but His ministry ran much deeper than that. Rather, His miraculous works point us to a message He preached about Himself and this very reality of life.
READ AHEAD: Mark 1:14-45, Isaiah 52:1-12, Jeremiah 31:21-34
JANUARY 29 | TRUE COLORS
What could go wrong with healing disabilities and not skipping meals? Apparently a lot! In five little encounters the people begin to realize that Jesus is more than just a miracle worker … which begins to expose everyone’s true colors.
READ AHEAD: Mark 2:1-3:6, Daniel 7:9-14, Isaiah 62:1-12
FEBRUARY 5 | REAL FAMILY
Many things can unite or divide us into groups and communities. But with Jesus there is only one factor: Him! As He builds His family in ways totally unexpected we are each challenged with one question, “Will we believe and follow Him or not?”
READ AHEAD: Mark 3:7-35, Isaiah 6:1-13, Mark 4:1-34
FEBRUARY 12 | WHO THEN IS THIS?
It can be human nature to lower our expectations to avoid disappointment, but with Jesus we see in our passage that our expectations for His Kingship aren’t high enough! He intends to do above and beyond all we could ask for or think of.
READ AHEAD: Mark 4:35-41, Mark 5:1-43, Mark 6:1-6
FEBRUARY 19 | THE REAL FEEDING MIRACLE
Just as our bodies hunger and thirst for nourishment, so too our souls pant for sustenance and safety. Mark shows us this week how everything in this world will fail us, which is why Jesus brings His Kingdom and meets us saying, “I am. Don’t be afraid.”
READ AHEAD: Mark 6:7-56, Mark 7:1-37
READ AHEAD: Mark 8:1-9:1
MARCH 5 | WHERE the RUBBER MEETS THE ROAD
It’s one thing to say we are a Christian, but following Jesus is a life of faith, constantly dying to oneself and one’s way of thinking. In the glory of Jesus’ transfiguration we see the cost of discipleship and begin to see what it looks like in the Christian life for the rubber to meet the road.
READ AHEAD: Mark 9:2-50, Mark 10:1-31
MARCH 12 | WHAT DO WE WANT FROM JESUS?
Whether in times of hardship or just dreaming about our futures, we can find ourselves unintentionally viewing Jesus as some magical genie there to grant us three wishes. But the road to Jerusalem (and ultimately Calvary) requires us to pause on who the King and His Kingdom really offers and asks of us.
READ AHEAD: Mark 10:32-52; Mark 11:1-25; Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Philippians 2:1-11