SYNOPSIS: The book of Revelation links the present reign of Jesus to his past Death and Resurrection, the immovable foundation of his kingdom.
The self-sacrificial death of Jesus and his consequent exaltation figure prominently in the book of Revelation. His death on the cross is the foundation of its visions. The plan of God to redeem mankind and the Creation through Christ is unveiled in a series of visions. In Revelation, the death and enthronement of Jesus put His redemptive plans into motion. Continue reading Death and Exaltation of Jesus in Revelation
SYNOPSIS: Jesus 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 – Mark 10:35-45.
As in Mark 9:31-37, once again after predicting his upcoming suffering and death, the disciples of Jesus jockeyed for rank and power in the coming messianic kingdom. As before, Jesus taught them that to be a true member of the kingdom necessitates a life of self-sacrificial service to others rather than power over them. Continue reading Greatness in the Kingdom of God
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). Continue reading His Imminent Death
SYNOPSIS: To be the Messiah means suffering and death for others. To be his disciple means self-sacrificial service to the weak and insignificant – Mark 9:30-37.
Jesus and the disciples were proceeding through Galilee on their way to Jerusalem when he again explained to them what it means to be the Messiah. In Jerusalem, he would face his final confrontation with the Temple authorities, for Jerusalem is the place where the Messiah of Israel must suffer rejection and death. Continue reading Cost and Meaning of Discipleship
Synopsis: The 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 – Mark 9:2-13.
The Transfiguration confirmed not only that Jesus is the Messiah of Israel but, also, of the necessity for him to suffer and die so that he would receive the glory manifested in that event. The description of the event in the gospel of Mark begins with the clause, “After six days.” Continue reading Transfiguration
Synopsis: To be the Messiah of Israel means suffering and death, though he is the promised Messiah and Lord over all things – Mark 8:31.
As Jesus and the disciples approached Jerusalem, he began to explain just what it meant to be the Messiah of Israel – suffering and death. Two more times in the gospel of Mark, Christ predicted his imminent arrest and execution (Mark 9:31, 10:33-34). Continue reading Suffering Son of Man