Mark 9-16

The Transfiguration – (Mark 9:2-13The Transfiguration was the divine confirmation of his status as Messiah and of the necessity for Jesus to suffer death before he received his revealed glory)

The Disciples Stumped – (Mark 9:14-29Unbelief hindered the ability of Jesus to heal and deliver some afflicted persons, not any lack of fasting or other ritualistic practices)

The Cost and Meaning of Discipleship – (Mark 9:30-37To be the Messiah means suffering and death for others. To be his disciple means self-sacrificial service to the weak and insignificant)

Faithful and Unfaithful Disciples – (Mark 9:38-50Disciples of Jesus must live in conscious service of others, especially of the weak)

A Question About Divorce – (Mark 10:1-16Opponents question Jesus about divorce in order to trap him. He, in turn, uses it to teach the higher ways of the Kingdom of God”)

The Young Rich Man – (Mark 10:17-31To follow Jesus means to surrender one’s entire life, past, present, and future, and to walk wherever he leads, no questions asked)

His Imminent Death – (Mark 10:32-34Jesus was “on the way” to Jerusalem where he would suffer arrest, trial and execution)

Greatness in the Kingdom of God – (Mark 10:35-45Jesus taught that to be a true member of the kingdom of God necessitates a life of self-sacrificial service to others, not power over them)

Blind Bar-Timaeus Saved – (Mark 10:46-52Jesus restores the sight of a blind beggar while he is “on the way” to his death in the city of Jerusalem)

The Triumphal Entrance – (Mark 11:1-11 The destination of Jesus at the end of his journey was the Temple. The events of his final week all centered on the Temple)

The Barren Fig Tree and the Fruitless Temple – (Mark 11:12-26The cursing of a barren fig tree by Jesus symbolized the coming destruction the Temple because of the fruitlessness of the nation)

Confrontation in the Temple – The Olivet Discourse (1) – (The teachings of Jesus on the Mount of Olives followed his confrontations with the Jewish religious authorities and his departure from the Temple for the last time, leaving it “desolate”)

The Temple Setting of the Olivet Discourse – (Mark 12:41-44The Olivet Discourse was given at the end of the public ministry of Jesus after his final departure from the Temple and several days of growing conflict with the Temple authorities)

The Geographic Scope of the Olivet Discourse – (The Olivet Discourse describes events set in two different geographic settings – regional and universal)

The Budding Fig Tree – (The parable of the budding fig tree pointed to the events leading up to the destruction of the Temple – Mark 13:28-29)

Coming on the Clouds – (The whole earth will witness the “Son of Man” arriving on the clouds to gather his “elect” to himself – Mark 13:21-27)

Jesus and the Centurion – (Only in his sacrificial death can the identity of Jesus and the nature of his messiahship be understood – Mark 15:29-45)

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