To be a disciple means taking up the cross daily and following in Christ’s footsteps, even if doing so means death Mark 6:7-30.

Jesus commissioned the twelve disciples to proclaim the Kingdom of God throughout the region. And in Mark, their commissioning is followed by the execution of John the Baptist to prepare the reader for the rejection that will result from following Jesus. To walk in his footsteps, one must first count the cost to have any hope of seeing that journey through to the end.

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Despite his miraculous deeds, his own hometown rejected his ministry and took offense at the humble origins of JesusMark 6:1-6.

Jesus experienced growing conflict as he began to journey towards Jerusalem. In Galilee and Gentile territory, he had displayed his lordship over nature, demons, disease, and even death, and was met with enthusiastic crowds. But among his own people in Nazareth, he was met with unbelief, dishonor, and rejection, which became the prelude to John’s execution.

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Jesus healed two women, restoring both to a state of ritual purityMark 5:21-43.

Mark presents two stories about women in need of healing. The theme that links the two accounts is that of a woman in need of physical healing and restoration to a state of ritual purity. Both were “unclean” due to their physical condition; the first because of a flow of blood, and the second due to her recent death.

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Despite his tremendous miracle of calming a tempest on the Sea of Galilee, the disciples still did not recognize the Son of Man Mark 4:35-41.

After teaching the multitude near Capernaum, Jesus set out to cross the Sea of Galilee. But a violent storm descended suddenly, frightening the disciples. Storms were common enough on that body of water, and several of the men were fishermen familiar with its moods. Thus, their great terror indicated that this was an especially severe storm.

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A line is crossed when what God’s Spirit is doing in Jesus is attributed to SatanMark 3:22-35.

The discourse on the “unpardonable sin” begins when certain scribes arrived from Jerusalem to examine the conduct and teachings of Jesus. In the preceding paragraph, his “friends” concluded that he was “beside himself.” In the present story, the representatives from the Temple accuse him of being in league with “Beelzebul,” the Devil.

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