The following comments are from Navigator's and Quiet Time Diary journals. One verse will be entered, then the comment, then the date.

1:6    John (the Baptist) wore clothing made of camel's hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. 

    John the Baptist is well known, but I don't always think about how people dressed and ate in that time 2000 years ago. As I read these verses, I saw great differences between how people were treated and how much we have to be thankful for - that we don't have to suffer in the same ways as John the Baptist did. (DRM 2/24/87) 

1:8    "I baptized you with water; but He [Jesus] will baptize you with the Holy Spirit."

    While I feel somewhat ashamed that I still haven't been literally, totally baptized in water, I know that I HAVE been baptized by the Lord with the presence of the Holy Spirit. Thank you, Lord! (DRM 12/12/1999) I was finally baptized in my church in November of 2000. (DRM 8/14/2004)

    This quote by John the Baptist makes me think how I have occasionally prayed for the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. Sometimes it seems to be in me, and other times it seems to have "drained out." Lord, fill me to overflowing with Your Holy Spirit. (DRM 12/1/02)

1:11, 12    . . . and a voice came out of the heavens: "You are My beloved Son, in You I am well-pleased." 12Immemiately the Spirit impelled Him to go out into the wilderness.

    Here is another illustration of all three parts of the Trinity working together. Jesus, the Son, was being baptized, then the Father - God spoke, and the Holy Spirit directed Him on what to do next. As Jesus received direction from the Holy Spirit, so should I in all the trials during my life. The hard part is to be still enough to listen for this direction. (DRM 10/26/08)

1:14, 15    Now after John had been taken into custody, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, 15and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel."

    I don't recall the other books in the Bible making it so clear that Jesus was waiting for John the Baptist's ministry to end before His could begin. John baptized Jesus, then Jesus went into the wilderness, so John must have been arrested during that period? God has a specific timetable that He keeps . We (I) rarely know what to expect next. (DRM 10/27/08)

1:17, 18    And Jesus said to them, "Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men." 18And they immediately left the nets and followed Him. 

    When Jesus called His disciples, they went immediately. No stalling. No second chance. While I haven't heard His verbal call, I have felt the Holy Spirit's nudge to do the next project, and feel that I'm stalling by all of the diversions of life. (DRM 12/2/02) 

1:18    And they immediately left the nets and followed Him. 

    In this short passage, Jesus called on four people to follow Him. All four had no hesitation and followed Jesus IMMEDIATELY. Once doubt enters my mind, its hard for it to leave. When Christ calls me, let me hear and answer YES. (DRM 12/13/1999)

1:19, 20    Going on a little farther, He saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who were also in the boat mending the nets. 20Immediately He called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants, and went away to follow Him.

    When Jesus called James and John, they reacted quickly to follow Him. Did they know Jesus before this day? What caused them to make the quick decision? What did Zebedee think?
    While the answers aren't clear, the Lord Jesus clearly had some impact to cause them to drop everything to follow Him.
    Jesus is still calling people to follow Him today. God created us to do a special work for Him while we are on earth. Our job is to listen, then follow Him and do as He directs. (DRM 11/12/16)

1:22, 25    And they were amazed at His teaching; for He was teaching them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.  25And Jesus rebuked him [the unclean spirit], saying, "Be quiet, and come out of him!"

    Jesus was not just a good teacher, but a person with the power to tell demons to leave people they inhabited. Who else on earth could do the things He did? (DRM 12/14/1999)

1:34    And He healed many who were ill with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and He was not permitting the demons to speak, because they knew who He was.

    The greatest evidence that Jesus was/is God is that He could heal the sick of all diseases, and raised people from the dead in a few cases. The demons had no control over Him either. The challenge for each of us is to share this Good News with others. If people would only read His book, I think they would understand more. We (I) can't continue to be silent. . . only the Holy Spirit can convict the heart though. (DRM 10/28/08)

1:35    And in the early morning, while it was still dark, He arose and went out and departed to a lonely place and was praying there. 

    Every morning when I read the Word, I try to pray before every meal, and throughout the day, and have a special time each evening to pray. Prayer changes things. Jesus did it, so should I. (DRM 12/3/02)

1:38    And He [Jesus] said to them, "Let us go somewhere else to the towns nearby, in order that I may preach there also; for that is what I came out for."

    If my life is to be more of a reflection of Jesus, then I should be more willing to do the job of an evangelist. Most people stay in the same place, but a few 'go!' (DRM 12/15/1999)

1:39    And He [Jesus] went into their synagogues throughout all Galilee, preaching and casting out the demons.

    This DOESN'T say, Jesus went to Bible college for four years and got His degree in Theology, then got married before He was allowed to speak in the synagogues.
    While I'm not Jesus, I have found that both of these requirements are necessary today before anyone is allowed to speak in a church. Certainly this is a sign of this "modern" age and wasn't required for a layman (DLMoody) even 100 years ago.
    That's why you are reading this web site. (DRM 10/2/11)

1:40    And a leper came to Him, beseeching Him and falling on his knees before Him, and saying to Him "If You are willing, You can make me clean."

    This leper displayed faith - obviously a believer in who Christ was. I pray that my faith will grow to not only trust in Him during troubles, but at all times. (DRM 12/16/1999)

1:44    and He said to him, "See that you say nothing to anyone: but go, show yourself to the priest and offer for your cleansing what Moses commanded for a testimony to them."

    The leper was healed and Jesus said "say nothing to anyone." Was it reverse psychology? I think it was. Some people today use verses like this to say Jesus wanted us to keep silent, but I can't believe that. How would they know if no one tells them? (DRM 12/4/02)

1:45    But he went out and began to proclaim it freely and to spread the news around, to such an extent that Jesus could no longer publicly enter a city, but stayed out in unpopulated areas; and they were coming to Him from everywhere.

    Time after time I have read that Jesus told or warned people not to tell others that He had healed them. I had thought it was "reverse psychology," as He knew human nature. This verse seems to indicate otherwise, and that His ministry was outside of big cities for this reason.
    I would want to tell as many people as possible, if given the opportunity. (DRM 10/29/08)

2:5    And Jesus seeing their faith said to the paralytic, "My son, your sins are forgiven."

    I find this more interesting because the paralytic didn't say anything. It was his friends who lowered him through the roof that had the faith. This could be an example of having faith that others will have salvation before their eyes are opened. (DRM 12/17/1999)

    This verse shows me that God can heal unbelievers. The faith referred to here - is the faith of the people who carried the stretcher. Does this also mean that sin causes some to be paralytic? If so, I must continuously ask for forgiveness of sin! (DRM 12/5/02)

2:6, 7    But some of the scribes were sitting there and reasoning in their hearts, 7"Why does this man speak that way? He is blaspheming; who can forgive sins but God alone?"

    Let's say someone stole your hammer for a few days. Later, the person came and returned the hammer and asked forgiveness for taking the object without asking - Wouldn't you forgive the person for their sin? I believe we (I) have the ability to forgive some sins that are committed - and this isn't blaspheming God. It depends on who the sin is committed against. (DRM 10/30/08)

2:8    Immediately Jesus knew in his spirit that this was what they were thinking in their hearts, and he said to them, "Why are you thinking these things?"

    No matter what we do or say or think, Jesus Christ knows everything. 
    So many times we think we can get something past Jesus or hide something that shouldn't be seen.
    I have to remember that Jesus knows everything and really does care about us! (DRM 4/21/87)

2:9    Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, 'Your sins are forgiven'; or to say, 'Get up, and pick up your pallet and walk'?

    The scribes thought that Jesus wasn't God, so thought He was wrong in stating He could forgive sins (vv. 6-7). Technically this is correct if Jesus ISN'T God, but this really proves that He is. How different it would be if they realized the truth that stood before them.
    Jesus asked in this verse how to heal the man, based on the scribes thoughts. He was demonstrating His power without proclaiming His deity. So He chose to use the second choice (v. 11) without proclaiming who He was.
    We each have to decide on our own if Jesus is God, based on the evidence. (DRM 11/8/15)

2:16    When the scribes of the Pharisees saw that He was eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they said to His disciples, "Why is He eating and drinking with tax collectors and sinners?"

    As Christians, we have this choice today. Should we talk only to other Christians that belong to the family of God, or go out into the world and tell others of His love for them?
    If Christians only talked to other Christians, how would the Kingdom grow? It would end at the end of the current generation if we didn't tell the children.
    While we are not to participate in all worldly activities and disregard Jesus, we are to be salt and light to show them the difference between following Jesus and whatever they are doing. (DRM 3/31/16)

2:17    And hearing this, Jesus said to them "It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners."

    This verse has a double meaning to me; and my fear of doctors. . . We are all sick in how we need Christ, though, as we are all sinners in need of His forgiveness and grace. (DRM 12/18/1999)

    After becoming a Christian, many people talk and become friends only with other Christians. Jesus didn't do that, He went to talk with sinners because they needed His help and direction. Why shouldn't we (I) do the same? I shouldn't be in seclusion. (DRM 12/6/02)

2:19, 20    And Jesus said to them, "While the bridegroom is with them, the attendants of the bridegroom cannot fast, can they? So long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast. 20But the days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast in that day."

    This was a response to the Pharisees concerning fasting. Jesus did not think fasting was necessary when He was already there. He predicted that after He was gone that fasting would resume. Personally, I have found that fasting is challenging and have done poorly at it. I totally agree with its purpose though. (DRM 10/31/08)

2:27, 28    And He was saying to them, "The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath. Consequently, the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath."

    The Lord Jesus makes me free indeed! The Sabbath clearly is a day that was made for man to choose what he should do. I choose to try to observe the Sabbath and purchase as little as possible. (DRM 12/19/1999)

3:2    And they were watching Him to see if He would heal him on the Sabbath, in order that they might accuse Him. (in verse 5 He healed him.)

    I think of the word compassion here. If I were to see someone who was sick, and I could heal them, I would want to help them. It doesn't matter what day of the week it is. Is that labor? (DRM 12/20/1999)

3:4    And He said to them, "Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save a life or to kill?" But they kept silent. 

    What is lawful on the Sabbath? That has been a challenge to me nearly every week. Certainly the healing referred to here is allowed as it is good, but I still don't believe that God is pleased with harmful deeds on the Sabbath - or any other day. (DRM 12/7/02)

3:5, 6    After looking around at them [Pharisees] with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart, He said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored. 6The Pharisees went out and immediately began conspiring with the Herodians against Him, as to how they might destroy Him.

    What would happen today if this happened? The first thing people would do, would be to question if the healing was a "fake," if the person was really sick in the first place. Then I think, like 2000 years ago, that Jesus would be followed because of his abilities. The good thing is that I don't believe they would want to kill Jesus today - but maybe make money from His abilities. I think it would be hard to identify Him as God - only through the Holy Spirit. (DRM 11/1/08)

3:9, 10    And He told His disciples that a boat should stand ready for Him because of the crowd, so that they would not crowd Him; 10for He had healed many, with the result that all those who had afflictions pressed around Him in order to touch Him.

    It seems clear in these two verses that Jesus was very popular about 2,000 years ago. But why did they want to see Him?
    My opinion is that MOST of them didn't come for His sermons, but rather for His healings. They wanted to touch Him (v. 10), not sit and listen.
    Those that didn't listen to His sermons or parables missed the most important part . . . how to live their lives for the Lord God. They were wanting to be healed 'today', but were they thinking of what they would do 'tomorrow' in eternity? (DRM 2/21/14)

3:11    And whenever the unclean spirits beheld Him, they would fall down before Him and cry out saying, "You are the Son of God!"

    Why did unclean spirits know the Son of God, but not the residents? If the residents heard the proclamation, why didn't they respond? I think people need to listen more to see the Light. (DRM 12/8/02)

3:14    And He appointed twelve, that they might be with Him, and that He might send them out to preach,

    Jesus had a motive when He chose the disciples. While their earthly duties varied, He knew in advance that they could learn to preach His Word to the people when He was gone. Our Lord can use unknown people to advance His Kingdom. (DRM 12/9/02)

3:16    And He appointed the twelve: Simon (to whom He gave the name Peter), . . .

    This verse is the beginning of a list of the names of all 12 apostles/disciples. Since all Christians are technically disciples of the living Lord, I believe the word apostles is correct for the first 12 chosen by Jesus. see Matt. 10:2-4 (DRM 11/2/08)

3:21    And when His own people heard of this, they went out to take custody of Him; for they were saying, "He has lost His senses."

    Jesus was different. He attracted a crowd and they needed to be fed. I expect people would react the same today. People are curious and want to hear the Truth. I don't think being arrested will stop the Truth from being heard. (DRM 12/21/1999)

3:22b, 29-30    "He is possessed by Beelzebul" [the scribes from Jerusalem said of Jesus] 29-30 [Jesus said] but "whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness but is guilty of an eternal sin." - because they [scribes] were saying "He has an unclean spirit."

    Context is SO important! Some people want to know if they have committed the eternal sin. It's all explained here. The scribes accused Jesus of being possessed. In His response He showed that the Holy Spirit was part of Him. Were they aware of their sin? Are we? (DRM 12/22/1999)

3:23, 24    And He called them to Himself and began speaking to them in parables, "How can Satan cast out Satan? 24If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. . . "

    Jesus gave this quote to the scribes that came from Jerusalem (v. 22).
    Let's say there are two groups of people, the 'goods' and the 'bads'. If people in the 'goods' criticized and attacked others in their own group, the group would eventually separate. The same with the 'bads'. It makes no sense for people to do this. To accuse Jesus of being a demon to cast out demons makes no sense. He is opposed to demons, thus on the other side.
    Like Jesus, we oppose Satan and his demonic realm, so are part of Jesus' group as Christians. (DRM 10/9/16)

3:25, 26    If a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. 26If Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he can not stand, but he is finished!

    If two people totally agree and love each other, they are going to work out any differences between the two of them. They will not be divided. It's just not logical that these two would attack each other. Satan is not going to attack or criticize his own demons, as Jesus was being accused of in verse 22. In a similar way, Christians should not attack fellow Christians. (DRM 11/3/08)

3:35    "For whoever does the will of God, he is My brother and sister and mother."

    We are all part of the body of Christ, and we should all be doing God's will in our lives. 
    Since we are all part of the body, we are all brothers and sisters in Christ.
    This is true of all believers in Jesus Christ, but not unbelievers. (DRM 2/4/87)

    All of Jesus' relatives, except One, were mortal. While here, He was surrounded my mortals, thus we were ALL related. Jesus (and I) would consider people relatives if they did things that were pleasing to me. (DRM 12/23/1999)

    Our Lord Jesus wants us to be one family. So long as we have accepted His gift of salvation, we are a part of the family. There should be no disputes and we should be working for the same Master. (DRM 12/10/02)

4:7    Other seed fell among the thorns, and the thorns came up and choked it, and it yielded no crop.

    Sometimes I feel like a seed among thorns; as a seed, I know God has given me a lot of potential to affect others. Then the thorns, unbelievers and diversions, take over my life. Not only do I have to be a good seed, but I also have to be in good soil (v. 8) surroundings, to grow and share His love and wisdom with others. (DRM 11/4/08) We understand that we are to be the "sowers" who are sowing the seed of the Gospel message. (from Word of Life commentary)

4:8    "And other seeds fell into the good soil and they grew up and increased, they yielded a crop and produced thirty, sixty and a hundredfold."

    While my life is not yet complete, I pray that it will be known to have been planted in good soil. Sometimes it seems that it was planted 'among the thorns' (v.7) of diversions - and if so, I pray that He will help me to overcome. (DRM 12/11/02)

4:9, 23    Then Jesus said "He who has ears to hear, let him hear." 23If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear. 

    How many years I just sat in church and "listened," but that wasn't what I was really doing. I was listening to a minister speak, but not on God's word and it was just like hearing a commentary on his life. 
    When I was saved, I actually heard God's word for the first time and it meant something totally different to me. I'm so glad that I had the ears to hear. (DRM 3/9/87)

4:11b    "To you has been given the mystery of the Kingdom of God; but those who are outside get everything in parables, . . . "

    One of the amazing things about the Bible is how as a non-Christian you can't understand it, but as a Christian, the Holy Spirit helps you to interpret it all. Praise God that He's willing to teach me! (DRM 12/24/1999)

4:18    And others are the ones on whom seed was sown among the thorns; these are the ones who have heard the word, . . .

    This is the first half of a sentence where Jesus is explaining the sowing of the seed (word) among thorns. You have to read the next verse (v. 19) with this one.
    The seed is the word of God=Bible (v. 14). The sower (us) are instructed to share the word of God.
    We want our seeds to be fruitful, but circumstances can restrict the receiving ground (intended recipients).
    God doesn't want us to stop sowing His Word, but to understand that all of our efforts will not be fruitful. Keep sowing! (DRM 9/8/14)

4:19    . . . and the worries of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.

    It was a hard choice to write verse 19 or 20 above. Verse 19 is where I have been: distracted by the things and riches of the world. God willing, I will change to be like verse 20 and "bear fruit." (DRM 12/25/1999)

    This verse is Jesus' description of the seen sown among the thorns. In some ways, I seem to qualify. Praise the Lord that I am aware of the deceitfulness of riches and have closed the store and have tried to condense. May I become more fruitful. (DRM 12/12/02)

4:20    ". . . And those are the ones on whom seed was sown on the good soil; and they hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold."

    This is from the explanation of "the Sower and Soils."
    When sowing seeds, they can go anywhere - some go beside the road, some where there is little soil, some among thorns and some in good soil.
    Our job as believers is also to sow seeds - of belief and faith in Jesus. A great majority of the seeds seem to be wasted in places that do not produce faith, but we never know where one of our actions or statements about our faith may take root. Like other things in life, "don't give up" sharing my/our faith with all who will listen. (DRM 10/13/12)

4:22    For nothing is hidden, except to be revealed; nor has anything been secret, but that it should come to light. 

    This verse comes right after the verse about the lamp being placed under a basket, and makes me think of the lighthouse. God doesn't want me to sit and learn more and more about Him and NOT tell anyone! He wants my light to show forth. (DRM 12/26/1999)

4:24    And He was saying to them, "Take care what you listen to. By your standard of measure it will be measured to you; and more will be given you besides."

    I know I shouldn't "add anything," but I think we (I) should also be careful of what we read and view on the Internet.
    Jesus wants us to listen to teachers who are preaching the word of God, not a social agenda. I think He also wants us to read Good Biblical books and view pleasing material on TV and the Internet. (DRM 11/5/08)

4:26    And He was saying, "The Kingdom of God is like a man who casts seed upon the soil:

    Like the planter, we can cast spiritual seeds among acquaintances and not even know it. We add prayer and He provides the fruit when He desires. Without God, no fruit appears. Lord, may I keep planting Your seeds. (DRM 12/13/02)

4:27, 28    ". . . and he goes to bed at night and gets up by day, and the seed sprouts and grows how, he himself does not know. 28The soil produces crops by itself; first the blade, then the head, then the mature grain in the head.

    Learning all the processes of nature and how God could work all of these things out is amazing. The process of germination is just another example of God's creation. Without plant growth, we would have little or nothing to eat. To me, it's also amazing how some people don't believe in God with all of this evidence.
    The complete parable can also refer to evangelism. (DRM 9/9/11)

4:29    But when the crop permits, he immediately puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come."

    In this "Parable of the Seed," Jesus is referring to seeds for grain (v. 28), but this could refer to many crops.
    When thinking of this spiritually, I thought how a child starts as a "blade," then an adult "head" and at the end of life we are "mature" and ready to be harvested for the Kingdom and life with Jesus and God.
    A non-Christian would also be harvested at the end of their life - but be thrown in the fire (Matt. 3:12) which could represent Hell.
    Even while growing old, I/we are to keep maturing and following Jesus' teachings as we await our harvest. (DRM 11/4/14)

4:30-32    And He said, "How shall we picture the Kingdom of God, or by what parable shall we present it? 31It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the soil, though it is smaller than all the seeds that are upon the soil, 32yet when it is sown; it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants and forms large branches; so that THE BIRDS OF THE AIR can NEST UNDER ITS SHADE."

    In human terms (not counting angels), the Kingdom of God started with God and Jesus. That would be small, like a mustard seed.
    Apparently in Old Testament times, the number of believers in God grew slowly. After God sent Jesus to earth to die for our sins, the future kingdom grew much more rapidly. The little seed of people was now growing into a mighty tree of believers.
    At some point, the open door will be closed, the believers left on earth will leave and the kingdom of God will be filled. Only God knows when this day will be. (DRM 1/16/17)

4:33, 34    With many such parables He was speaking the word to them, so far as they were able to hear it; 34and He did not speak to them without a parable; but He was explaining everything privately to His own disciples.

    Jesus taught people different things by using parables - which are like stories - which are easier to remember.
    When Jesus would tell a story, you'd know that it has a theological meaning. Sometimes the disciples would ask for an explanation, and other times we have to figure it out ourselves - which is part of why He sent the Holy Sprit to help us.
    Many pastors preach today with stories - some lead to a Bible truth and some don't. This can lead to confusion. We only need stories and parables in church that lead us to understand Jesus better. (DRM 5/26/15)

4:35, 36    On that day, when evening came, He said to them, "Let us go over to the other side." 36Leaving the crowd, they took Him along with them in the boat, just as He was; and other boats were with Him.

    This is the beginning of the story how "Jesus Stills the Sea." Even Jesus got tired of speaking to the people by evening and wanted to go on to the next location. That's why He was sleeping.
    I think the important part about v. 36 was that other boats were with Him. When the storm came up and the boats were seemingly in peril, there were more witnesses on the other boats that are unspoken of. If this DIDN'T happen the witnesses on the other boats could have denied this - but they didn't - and it's more proof of Jesus' diety. (DRM 4/29/14)

4:37    And there arose a fierce gale of wind, and the waves were breaking over the boat so much that the boat was already filling up.

    In this section of Mark four, Jesus calms the sea. He was sleeping in the boat while the storm raged above Him. (v. 38)
    In this verse we have the description of the storm that threatened the boat. There are probably theories why the storm appeared and I can think of two: (1) Satan might have thought he could drown Jesus. (2) Jesus had another opportunity to show His authority to the new disciples.
    No matter what storms come into our life, Jesus is in control - all we have to do is call on Him. (DRM 10/2/14)

4:38    Jesus Himself was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke Him and said to Him, "Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?"

    Jesus knew what was going to happen. He knows everything. Even before they got in the boat - at His suggestion - He knew that this would be a test of their faith. He was perfectly calm about this - so much that He was asleep while the storm raged.
    While we go through our storms, He is also aware of what we are going through and will bring us through it all - so long as we (I) call on Him. (DRM 5/29/13)

4:39    And being aroused, He rebuked the wind and said to the sea, "Hush, be still." And the wind died down and it became perfectly calm. 

    What further proof do we need to show that Jesus is God? If I were to go and stand in the wind, I don't think it would stop for me. Maybe it would . . . if I had the faith to believe He wanted it to stop. No matter how much faith I have - I always need more! (DRM 12/27/1999)

    In v. 36, I noted that "other boats were with Him." I think that's important, because we have more witnesses of what really happened. It was another proof that Jesus IS God and has control over everything. May I never doubt this. (DRM 12/14/02)

4:40, 41    And He said to them, "Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?" 41They became very much afraid and said to one another, "Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey Him?"

    I think the main lesson here is that we need to increase our faith - without Him, the gales increased, but when He was called upon, which we need to do in faith, He provided a way of escape. He is in control of EVERYTHING, including nature and our (my) seemingly small circumstances. (DRM 11/6/08)

5:1-3    They came to the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gerasenes. 2When He got out of the boat, immediately a man from the tombs with an unclean spirit met Him, 3and he had his dwelling among the tombs. And no one was able to bind him anymore, even with a chain;

    This is the beginning of the story of "The Gerasene Demoniac." Clearly the man who lived in the tombs was not a follower of Jesus. Why did he come to meet Him? It seems to me that this was another test for Jesus from Satan, who knew who He was. The demons were in control of this man - and they were the ones who controlled his actions.
    The mans strength came from the demons, who we later found out were many in his body.
    As Christians, we are to follow only Jesus. Satan will try anything to get a demon into us, then more and more will come. (DRM 10/30/15)

5:4    . . . because he had often been bound with shackles and chains, and the chains had been torn apart by him and the shackles broken in pieces, and no one was strong enough to subdue him.

    The "Gerasene Demoniac" apparently was a very strong man. From what I have seen in my life, strong men usually try to be self-sufficient and NOT submissive to anyone else. In verse six, he ran up to Jesus and bowed down. Was this his nature, or the demons within him? God=Jesus can change our circumstances, as He did with this man. (DRM 11/7/08)

5:9    And He was asking him [the man on Gerasene], "What is your name?" And he said to Him, "My name is Legion; for we are many."

    As a person drifts away from God, demons seem to enter their bodies. This man had a legion of them dwelling in him. I should be more aware of this and remember that non-Christians probably have someone stopping them - demons in various forms. (DRM 12/28/1999)

5:12    The demons implored Him, saying, "Send us into the swine so that we may enter them."

    The demons that were in the man in the Gerasenes knew Jesus (v. 7) and that He would move them out of the man. Apparently these spirits needed a body to live in, even though other demons don't need them while they travel. They are spiritual.
    Still, Jesus sent them into the nearby pigs, then the pigs ran into the sea and drowned. Then the demon spirits had to be out of a body anyway. Perhaps they just wanted to destroy someone else's livelihood in the process?
    Thankfully, the demons left. They are to be avoided in all ways. (DRM 6/7/16)

5:13    Jesus gave them permission. And coming out, the unclean spirits entered the swine; and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea, about two thousand of them; and they were drowned in the sea.

    This is part of a 'good news, bad news' story.
    The demons asked Jesus to send them into the swine and Jesus gave them permission and the man was free of the demons that controlled him. That's good news.
    Later, the people in the area asked Jesus to leave (v. 17) - probably because He was instrumental in killing the swine that provided their income. That's bad news as they had Someone better in their midst.
    Fortunately, the man with demons could stay and share his story (v. 20). (DRM 3/15/13)

5:15    And they came to Jesus and observed the man who had been demon-possessed sitting down, clothed and in his right mind, the very man who had had the "legion"; and they became frightened. 

    . . . and they asked Jesus to leave the region. This is one part that I don't understand. After observing this miracle performed by Jesus. The only explanation that I can think of is that they wanted to keep the herd of pigs. Don't let Jesus leave me! (DRM 12/29/1999)

5:17    And they began to implore Him to leave their region.

    I can't think of anywhere else that Jesus was asked to leave their region. Why? The demons were sent into the swine, and 2,000 (v.13) pigs died. The herdsmen were upset because of this. They didn't care about the man who had the demons that was now well. Jesus insisted that the cured man stay in the area and proclaim what He had done. This time Jesus said "proclaim/report" (v.19) instead of "don't tell," which He did other times. (DRM 11/8/08)

5:18, 19    As He was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed was imploring Him that he might accompany Him. 19And He did not let him, but He said to him, "Go home to your people and report to them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He had mercy on you."

    The demons that resided in this man were sent into the pigs/swine and all the swine died (v. 13). After the people in the city/town came to see what happened, they asked Jesus to leave (v. 17). It seems they valued the swine more than their souls.
    The man who had the demons removed wanted to go with Jesus, but Jesus wanted the others in the city/town to realize the need for a Savior for their souls, thus left the man to tell them of his experience.
    If the man went with Jesus, who would tell them? If we don't tell our friends and neighbors about Jesus, who will? (DRM 11/1/17)

5:20    And he went away and began to proclaim in Decapolis what great things Jesus had done for him; and everyone marveled. 

    This section refers to the "demoniac" that Jesus cast the demons into the swine. Certainly this final verse shows how Jesus caused a heart to change and the person truly glorified the Lord afterwards. May I also be so bold! (DRM 12/15/02)

5:27, 28    after hearing about Jesus, she came up in the crowd behind Him and touched His cloak, 28For she thought, "If I just touch His garments, I will get well."

    This is about the woman with a bleeding disorder and the faith she had. She never intended to even speak to Jesus, but just felt if she could touch His cloak that she would be well.
    Sometimes I need to be reminded of the faith of others, so that my faith will continue to grow - especially in hard times. (DRM 11/9/08)

5:27, 34    [a woman] after hearing about Jesus, came up in the crowd behind Him, and touched His cloak, 34And He said to her, "Daughter, your faith has made you well: go in peace, and be healed of your affliction." 

    Jesus Christ was a great healer of the sick. His disciples also healed the sick to a lesser degree. I also have the faith that He can and does heal my aches when He wants to - but FAITH is needed! (DRM 12/30/1999)

    [re: 5:34]    Jesus is God. He can change anything - and some people knew that while He was on earth. This woman had the faith to believe in Him, and her faith healed her. I believe that He still heals people today - so long as they have faith in Him. (DRM 12/16/02)

5:33    But the woman fearing and trembling, aware of what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth.

    Jesus knew that someone had touched his garments, as He knew that some of His healing power had left Him. The woman never even touched His body.
    Still, Jesus was aware of everything and certainly the woman knew she was healed as the power entered her body.
    Even before Jesus met the woman officially, He healed her. He does the same thing today. I've never met Jesus face to face, but believe He has healed me several times, because of my faith in Him. (DRM 5/19/14)

5:36    But Jesus, overhearing what was being spoken, said to the synagogue official, "Do not be afraid any longer, only believe."

    The synagogue official knew that his daughter was "dead," but stayed with Jesus. Jesus said this verse upon arriving at the house. I think this is a great quote for a lot of different things that happen in life - at least for me. I need not be afraid - and always need to trust totally in Him. (DRM 11/10/08)

5:39    And entering in, He said to them, "Why make a commotion and weep? The child has not died, but is asleep."

    Jesus was asked to heal this 12 year old (v. 42) child of one of the synagogue officials. Clearly Jairus had faith that Jesus could heal his daughter. When they got near the house (v. 35) they were told the child died. This verse was part of Jesus' response.
    Like with Lazarus later, Jesus' term 'asleep' is different than ours. He had the ability to wake people up from death sleep that we can't do. Our faith in Him increases His desire to heal and restore those who need it; but this is still dependent on God's will. (DRM 5/24/16)

5:41    And taking the child by the hand, He said to her, "Talitha kum!" (which translated means, "Little girl, I say to you, arise!")

    Besides healing the sick, Jesus also had the power to raise others (and later Himself) from the dead. With all that we know, why don't more people believe that they can also be risen? (DRM 12/31/1999)

6:4    And Jesus said to them, "A prophet is not without honor except in his home town and among his own relatives and in his own household."

    It seems that I have learned this lesson well. When I suggest a new idea or tell others of what the Lord seems to tell me, most don't believe me. Maybe it's good that not many people know me well - as they don't believe. (DRM 1/2/2000)

    I have thought of this verse many times - as a reason I should leave Albany. While I am not a prophet, I want others to know about Jesus - and generally I don't get any response here like I do in other places. (DRM 12/17/02)

6:7    And He summoned the twelve and began to send them out in pairs, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits;

    Jesus sent the disciples out in pairs.
    When going out alone there are many more ways to get attacked - and there would be no witnesses to what was said or done in Jesus' name.
    When going out in pairs, you have a like-minded companion and help if you can't think of the right words or need a defense against verbal or physical abuse. Yes, we have spiritual enemies that don't want to hear about Jesus.
    To have authority over unclean spirits was like exorcism - then the person would be healed.
    When going out to talk to strangers to evangelize, it's still better to go with a Christian friend. (DRM 1/25/17)

6:8    and He instructed them that they should take nothing for their journey except a mere staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belt;

    To follow Jesus was and is true faith in His provisions. As I get older, I keep accumulating more "stuff" that diverts me from following His direction. Certainly the house is a newer example. Lord, You know my desires. Help me. (DRM 12/18/02)

6:11    "And any place that does not receive you or listen to you, as you go out from there, shake off the dust from the sides of your feet for a testimony against them."

    Maybe the reason most people don't listen to me is because I don't talk! Lord, in this new year, give me the ability to speak Your words with conviction to all who hear. (DRM 1/2/2000)

6:12    They went out and preached that men should repent.

    The disciples/apostles went out in pairs (v.7) and preached about repentance. The word "repent" is not used enough today. Everyone thinks they are "good" already and don't need to change.
    I hope that when I need correction that the Holy Spirit or another believer will tell me in a helpful way, so I can repent, and change my way to be more honoring to the Lord Jesus. (DRM 11/11/08)

6:13    And they [the twelve disciples] were casting out many demons and were anointing with oil many sick people and healing them.

    Jesus sent the disciples out in pairs to "preach that men should repent" and heal people as mentioned in this verse. Why were they successful? Jesus' Holy Spirit was with them. They believed in Him.
    Can this be done today? I believe it can if two Christians can agree and go out together and God wants to work through this act. The person they pray with also needs to believe God will heal them through this procedure.
    When we say, "Use me Lord' , He can do ANYTHING! (DRM 7/22/16)

6:15    But others were saying, "He is Elijah." And others were saying, "He is a prophet, like one of the prophets of old."

    Who is this Jesus? King Herod thought He was John the Baptist risen from the dead. Apparently few believed that Jesus was the Messiah - God, that people were waiting for. 
    Praise the Lord that we know that now - and His Spirit is in me. (DRM 12/19/02)

6:20    for Herod was afraid of John [the Baptist], knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and kept him safe. And when he heard him, he was very perplexed; but he enjoyed listening to him. 

    While these verses contain the beheading of John the Baptist, I think it's important to know that Herod knew that John was a gifted person and was extremely reluctant to have him killed. (DRM 1/3/2000)

6:23    And he [Herod] swore to her, [daughter of Herodias] "Whatever you ask of me, I will give it to you; up to half of my kingdom."

    The videos/movies show that Herod was at a party and drunk. He knew of Herodias' hate for John the Baptist, who was in prison, but never thought of what the request would be.
    The point to me is to think before you speak. (DRM 11/12/08)

6:31    And He said to them, "Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a while." (For there were many people coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat. )

    The disciples had just been out on their own (v. 30) teaching and telling people about Jesus.
    At least today teaching takes some preparation and in that day the mode of travel was by foot or slow animal (donkey or horse?). The disciples were tired from the experience and the people were always nearby.
    Jesus knew they, and we, need a rest from the world and daily activities, so sent them to a secluded place.
    We (I) shouldn't feel guilty for wanting a rest/change from daily activities, but not as a constant thing. (DRM 1/25/15)

6:32    They went away in the boat to a secluded place by themselves.

    In the previous verses we are told of the beheading of John the Baptist, so there's two reasons for their need to be secluded at this time. One is to mourn the death of John the Baptist, the other is just rest. The disciples had been busy and "did not even have time to eat." (v. 31)
    While on earth, we need rest and relaxation after a busy day at work. Jesus understands our need for this, but we also have to do this in moderation - as too much rest isn't productive either. (DRM 8/17/13)

6:33    The people saw them going, and many recognized them and ran there together on foot from all the cities, and got there ahead of them.

    It seems that this wasn't Jesus' plan. The apostles had been out to the cities and Jesus said they should rest a while (v. 31). That's where they planned on going (v. 32).
    Did Jesus get diverted by the people? He had to know what would happen, as He knows everything!
    I know I get diverted from doing my plans every day. Still, His example is to go with whatever happens- it could be a plan that God set-up. Be flexible. He has a better plan. (DRM 5/25/14)

6:34    And when He went ashore, He saw a great multitude, and He felt compassion for them because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and He began to teach them many things. 

    Compassion is the key word in this verse. It describes how Jesus Christ felt. Quite often I also feel compassion for others, but do little about it, whereas He did. Let me also be able to show people compassion by teaching or doing His will. (DRM 1/4/2000)

6:35, 36    When it was already quite late, His disciples came to Him and said, "This place is desolate and it is already quite late; 36send them away so that they may go into the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat."

    Our minds are nothing like Jesus' mind. We are earthly minded and He doesn't have that restriction. When we want to eat, we think of acquiring the food we need. The disciples felt the same way in these verses.
    While Jesus never made food out of nothing, He somehow had the ability to make it grow/divide into many more parts.
    This is just one miracle that He did that proved He is God. There were many others; thus showing that He is who He said He was. He deserves our worship. (DRM 3/22/17)

6:37    But He answered them, "You give them something to eat!" And they said to Him, "Shall we go and spend two hundred denarii on bread and give them something to eat?"

    This verse is a good illustration of the difference between our physical world and Jesus' world and thought process.
    When Jesus told His disciples to feed the 5,000, they thought on how to purchase the needed food. This is our natural thought for this physical world. . . but Jesus had other thoughts. He prayed to the Father (v. 41) and provided the food by other means. In our mind, this is considered a miracle because it was done by a way that can not be accomplished in normal earthly means.
    This was another proof that Jesus was not a mere human being. (DRM 10/10/14)

6:41    And He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up toward heaven, He blessed the food and broke the loaves and He kept giving them to the disciples to set before them; and He divided up the two fish among them all.

    Jesus looked to the Father to increase the food to feed the 5,000. It seems that "kept giving them" refers to more than just FIVE loaves - the Father had already made the increase before the distribution. PTL for more details! (DRM 12/20/02)

    Jesus fed multitudes two or three times, so I've read passages like this before - but this time I noticed, "and He kept giving them to the disciples." I wouldn't expect a writer to say that for seven items total. Jesus distributed for more than seven items; He KEPT GIVING more.
    In a different way, He wants us to keep giving more of ourselves to others and to share what we have with them. (DRM 11/13/08)

6:45, 46    Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go ahead of Him to the other side to Bethsaida, while He Himself was sending the crowd away. 46After bidding them farewell, He left for the mountain to pray.

    We all need time alone when life gets hectic. No matter how busy and famous Jesus was, He knew He still needed time alone to pray to His Father. How He found a solitary place with the crowds of people following Him everywhere is beyond me. . . but the point is that He needed time "alone."
    We also need time alone with God to pray for others' needs and friends in need of salvation. No matter how busy we are, we HAVE to find a time and place to pray. If Jesus did it with His schedule, we have no excuse.
    God knows our heart, but also wants to hear of our love and devotion to Him. (DRM 8/23/15)

6:48    And seeing them straining at the bars, for the wind was against them, at about the fourth watch of the night, He came to them, walking on the sea; and He intended to pass by them. 

    This is one thing that God only allowed His Son to do. No magician that I have seen can walk on water. It's a proof that Jesus was who He said He was. Thank God for this confirmation of what I believe! (DRM 1/5/2000)

    Jesus is God. He was able to walk on water like we walk on land. Apparently He felt this was normal. He wanted to go to the other side, but was stopped by the disciples in the boat. We (I) should be awed and worship Him as He showed that He is Divine. (DRM 12/21/02)

6:49, 50    But when they saw Him walking on the sea, they supposed that it was a ghost, and cried out; 50for they all saw Him and were terrified. But immediately He spoke with them and said to them, "Take courage; it is I, do not be afraid."

    How would you feel if the same thing happened to you? I know I'd be afraid also.
    When Jesus decided to do this, He didn't think it was anything unusual for Him; apparently He was used to doing it. He could also have taken a different route not near the boat.
    Jesus wanted them to know He was in control. This was a way for them to grow their faith and see more of His power - somewhat privately.
    Jesus doesn't want us to fear Him - He wants us to love Him - knowing He controls the sea - just like He controls our life for the best when we trust in Him. (DRM 2/27/18)

6:51    Then He got into the boat with them, and the wind stopped; and they were utterly astonished,

    Jesus healed innumerable people, He fed thousands, He walked on the water and calmed the wind. I would think that would convince most people that He was/is God. Still, people don't believe, and I think that's what's amazing! What else does He have to do? Turn off the sun? That happened during the crucifixion. (DRM 11/14/08)

6:56    And wherever He entered villages, or cities, or countryside, they were laying the sick in the market places, and entreating Him that they might just touch the fringe of His cloak; and as many as touched it were being cured. 

    Certainly there were some believers in Jesus as He was on Earth the first time. They believed in the Lord Jesus Christ and were cured! (DRM 1/6/2000)

6:56b    They begged him to let them touch even the edge of his cloak, and all who touched him were healed.

    Jesus had a great ministry and healed many people, but most times these people professed a faith that he was truly the son of God before they were healed. We all must have faith that Jesus Christ is Lord before we can ask for anything in His name. (DRM 11/20/86)

7:8    "Neglecting the commandment of God, you hold to the tradition of men."

    Traditions are in all churches, as far as I can tell. I feel that the Lord Jesus is telling us not to depend on the same way to worship Him weekly. Also to have faith in the Bible and NOT the doctrines of men - who seem to add to it. (DRM 12/22/02)

7:9    He was also saying to them, "You nicely set aside the commandment of God in order to keep your tradition."

    I think I'm guilty of this also. I know the commandments of the Bible, yet don't feel adequate and add "rules" of my own. I'm just keeping my own traditions and overly restricting myself. (DRM 1/7/2000)

    The next verse refers to the command to honor your father and mother. Some people will interpret commandments in different ways to suit themselves. They have different $ motives. I pray that I honored my parents in a way that was pleasing to God. (DRM 12/23/02)

7:12, 13    ". . . you no longer permit him to do anything for his father or his mother; 13thus invalidating the word of God by your tradition which you have handed down; and you don many things such as that."

    This refers to a conflict between the 5th commandment of honoring your father and mother vs. Jewish law at the time which apparently said not to give to them, but to God instead (v.11) or similar. Jesus places taking care of parents very high on His list! How did I do? How are you doing? I believe that I could have done more, now that I reflect on the past. (DRM 11/15/08)

7:15    "there is nothing outside the man which going into him can defile him; but the things which proceed out of the man are what defile the man."

    Jesus said these words and I believe them! I feel like an example! There is no unclean food. I can eat anything I would like to - BUT when I talk I have to remember that my words are representing Him. I should constantly be careful of what I say. (DRM 1/8/2000)

    Verses 21 and 22 contain another list of sins that can only come from within a persons' heart-mind. Many of these are sins that are spoken. Lord, I need to be VERY careful what I say, as I want You to receive all the glory in my life. (DRM 12/24/02)

7:21, 22    For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries, 22deeds of coveting and wickedness, as well as deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride and foolishness.

    I would consider this another list of sins. I remember a relative who told me she never sinned. I'd admit that I've broken at least one of these and need His forgiveness. The point here seems to be that we ALL sin and need a Savior and Advocate with the Father. We must repent for our sins as we (I) admit them, and try to stop. (DRM 11/16/08)

7:27    And He was saying to her, "Let the children be satisfied first, for it is not good to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs."

    Individually, I understand the verses of the story, but not the whole. Physically, we should feed people before animals. We also need the Lord's food (Bible) to spiritually fill our bodies. (DRM 1/9/2000)

7:34, 35    . . . and looking up to heaven with a deep sigh, He said to him, "Ephphatha!" that is, "Be opened!" 35And his ears were opened, and the impediment of his tongue was removed, and he began speaking plainly.

    This is one of a few reminders in the Bible that Jesus didn't speak English, but rather the language of the locale where He was. . . and this couldn't be translated into English.
    As far as I know, Jesus never refused to heal anyone who came to Him in faith that they, or a relative would be healed. We (I) should come to Him in the same way with faith that He will do what is best - even if it doesn't agree with "my" way. (DRM 11/17/08)

7:36    And He gave them orders not to tell anyone; but the more He ordered them, the more widely they continued to proclaim it.

    Jesus knew human nature. Generally, if you tell someone NOT to do something, they are more determined to do it. Since He is God, He knew what would happen. In this case I think He also wants me to proclaim how he healed the deaf. (DRM 1/10/2000)

8:2    [Jesus said] "I feel compassion for the multitude because they have remained with Me now three days, and have nothing to eat."

    Today's society does not give me the impression that they have "compassion." Everyone goes their own way and don't care about others - they have no time. 
    While I don't feel that I'm full of compassion, certainly I can feel compassion more now than in the past. Lord, don't let me be heartless for the lost. (DRM 1/11/2000)

8:2, 3    "I feel compassion for the people because they have remained with Me now three days and have nothing to eat. 3If I send them away hungry to their homes, they will faint on the way; and some of them have come from a great distance.

    Jesus was thinking more of the people than He was of Himself - and He knew how to solve the problem.
    My thought today, when reading this, was that He was in the wilderness 40 days, then became hungry (Luke 4:2), but knew they would faint after three days. This comparison shows that He had special abilities given by God that we (I) rarely think of. One more proof that He is God. (DRM 11/18/08)

8:7, 8    They also had a few small fish; and after He had blessed them, He ordered these to be served as well. 8And they ate and were satisfied; and they picked up seven large baskets full of what was left over of the broken pieces.

    The evidence is in these two verses. They had seven loaves of bread (v. 5) and 4,000 people (v. 9). Jesus blessed the food and it multiplied. The broken pieces were more than the original seven loaves. It was one of Jesus' miracles. There's no other explanation, no matter how He did it.
    With faith in Jesus, He can do anything as a result of our belief and His will. Not everything we "want" He will provide (only He knows why), but He still performs miracles today. I hope/pray that you have seen or heard of this in your life. (DRM 6/22/16)

8:15    And He was giving orders to them, saying, "watch out! Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod."

    While I still don't totally understand this verse, I think He is referring to dependence on Him is more important than dependence on the world order. He is the provider of all of our needs. (DRM 1/12/2000)

8:16, 17    They began to discuss with one another the fact that they had no bread. 17And Jesus, aware of this, said to them, "Why do you discuss the fact that you have no bread? Do you not yet see or understand? Do you have a hardened heart? . . .

    Jesus had fed thousands of people with very little bread more than once (vv. 19-21) and the disciples were concerned that they would go hungry. It seems they forgot what they had just witnessed.
    Jesus loves each of us and wants us to put our faith in Him. He will take care of our needs, but not necessarily all of our wants. Think of all the examples of His feeding needy people. He arranges things to take care of His family. He deserves our faith and trust - then we will want to praise Him all the more. (DRM 10/2/16)

8:18    "HAVING EYES, DO YOU NOT SEE? AND HAVING EARS, DO YOU NOT HEAR? And do you not remember,

    Jesus was reminding the apostles of the miracles that He had performed with the bread - and how quickly they forgot. Like other humans, I forget all of His gifts. At least I write them down as I am aware. Lord, let me be eternally thankful especially for the gift of your Son, Jesus Christ. (DRM 12/25/02)

8:20, 21    "When I broke the seven [loaves of bread] for the four thousand, how many large baskets full of broken pieces did you pick up?" And they said to Him, "Seven." 21And He was saying to them, "Do you not yet understand?"

    The disciples had forgotten to bring bread for the next part of their journey and apparently were concerned. Here Jesus tried to emphasize that since He was with them, that their needs would be met. When He fed the 4,000, there were more remnants than loaves that He started with - don't you "get it?" I (we) need to trust in Him for all of our needs - and He will provide in some way. (DRM 11/19/08)

8:25    Then again He laid His hands upon his eyes; and he looked intently and was restored, and began to see everything clearly. 

    Jesus had (and still has) the power to change anything. By this short passage I can see that He healed the blind - and it took two tries! While I don't know that I have the gift of healing, I believe that He still does it if it's His will. (DRM 1/13/2000)

8:29    And He continued by questioning them, "But who do you say that I am?" Peter answered and said to Him, "Thou art the Christ." 

    To be a Christian, there can be no doubt when asked this question. If there is ANY doubt, how can a person be a disciple? Lord, let me be committed to serve You as Thou art the Christ. (DRM 12/26/02)

8:31    And He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes, and be killed and after three days rise again. 

    Certainly Jesus knew the future, He was God. But to tell the disciples this wouldn't work - yet. Peter said he didn't want this to happen - (which I would, too.) but Jesus rebuked him for thinking of himself rather than the ultimate plan. (DRM 1/14/2000) 

    This is the most important truth in the Bible. If you don't believe this teaching, you will have no future in Heaven. At first Peter didn't believe this, but later Peter witnessed it. I pray that my friends and relatives that don't yet believe, will soon! (DRM 12/27/02)

8:35    For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel's will save it.

    Even with the verses before and after this verse, I had a hard time comprehending this for a while.
    If a person wants to get to Heaven - save his life - the person has to give up his/her personal agenda and serve the Lord. This works both ways, but doesn't mean that serving/works are the way to Heaven, but rather to give up selfish desires and repent of sins and only follow Him for direction. (DRM 11/20/08)

8:36    "For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul?"

    I have a very good friend that is driven by greed for more money. He even knows and hasn't trusted in Christ. I pray daily that he will see the Light and accept God's Gift. (DRM 12/28/02)

8:38    If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his Father's glory with the holy angels.

    Sometimes I feel that I am ashamed of Jesus Christ because of my shortfall on witnessing. I know that I should be witnessing more, but still have a lack of confidence when in the situations.
    Lord, help me to be a servant to You and Your kingdom in a way that will be in Your will. (DRM 3/3/87)

    Why should Jesus love me if I attack and swear and say evil thoughts of Him? It makes sense to me that Jesus will love those who love Him, but also wishes that those people who don't - will. Where your devotion lies on "transfer day" makes the difference. (DRM 12/29/02)

8:38    For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in the glory of His father with the holy angels. 

    This is one of the most convicting verses in the Bible to me. After reading this verse, how can I NOT go and tell people about Christ? Am I ashamed of the Person I pray to? Lord, lead me to be more public in my love for You. (DRM 1/15/2000)

9:1, 2    And Jesus was saying to them, "Truly I say to you, there are some of those who are standing here who will not taste death until they see the Kingdom of God after it has come with power." 2Six days later, Jesus took with Him Peter and James and John, and brought them up on a high mountain by themselves. And He was transfigured before them;

    For a long time I wondered how any of the disciples could see the Kingdom of God before they died - as it still hasn't come, and certainly none of them are alive today.
    Just recently I felt that the Holy Spirit was showing me that He=Jesus was referring to the next sentence - where the disciples saw Elijah and Moses (v. 4) who were in the Kingdom, thus they got a taste of what it was like and saw a part of the Kingdom of God. (DRM 11/21/08)

9:7    Then a cloud formed, overshadowed them, and a voice came out of the cloud, "This is My beloved Son, listen to Him."

    Jesus had just been transfigured before them and met with Elijah and Moses. It must have been a terrifying sight - but also a sight that should have brought confidence in Heaven's existence. It doe for me. (DRM 1/16/2000)

9:22, 23    It [demon in a boy] has often thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, take pity on us and help us!" 23And Jesus said to him, " 'If You can?' All things are possible to him who believes."

     Like so many other times in the Bible where Jesus talks, he emphasizes that most healings and gifts from God are a result of faith, or belief that He can do it. Another important aspect (v.29) is prayer. Still we (I) don't get everything I desire, as it has to be both my desire and His will for my life. (DRM 11/22/08)

9:24    Immediately the boy's father cried out and said, "I do believe; help my unbelief."

    Clearly Jesus wanted to heal the boy. The father had brought the lad to Jesus due to the extreme circumstances. Still, as in so many other examples in the New Testament, Jesus healed most people because they, or another person, believed in Jesus and His ability to heal them. (FAITH)
    I feel the same thing continues today. Most people depend on doctors and pharmaceuticals for healing instead of prayer and belief. There are accidents and exceptions, but Jesus is still healing people today who believe He can do it. . . sometimes through doctors and sometimes by Himself. (DRM 2/15/15)

9:28b, 29    His disciples began questioning Him privately, "Why could we not cast it [the demon] out?" 29And He said to them, "This kind cannot come out by anything but prayer."

    Prayer changes things. I've seen it happen. While I have prayed for things and they later happened, other times I've prayed and had no results. While it seems that God doesn't always hear me, I prefer to think He just wants me to wait longer. (DRM 1/17/2000)

    [re: 9:29] Jesus was referring to demons that were in a boy. The disciples asked Jesus why they couldn't cast them out, but Jesus said {this verse}. I know I don't pray enough - and many times I fall asleep before I am done. I pray I will improve in 2003. (DRM 12/30/02)

9:35    And sitting down, He called the twelve and said to them, "If anyone wants to be first, he shall be last of all, and servant of all."

    Let's say that the Lord really wants me to be an evangelist. Then where should I begin? According to this verse, I should be more of a servant. Meet people's needs. Jesus, tell me how to fulfill this request. Open my eyes, Lord. (DRM 12/31/02)

9:37    "Whoever receives one child like this in My name receives Me; and whoever receives Me does not receive Me, but Him who sent Me."

    Here we can visualize a child in Jesus' lap from v. 36. Everyone has to receive Jesus in their heart as a child would - that's probably why it's called being born-again. It requires simple faith in Jesus, and His father, God for EVERYTHING and repenting of past errors (sins). Even a child can do this. (DRM 11/23/08)

9:39, 40    But Jesus said, "Do not hinder him, for there is no one who will perform a miracle in My name, and be able soon afterward to speak evil of Me. 40For he who is not against us is for us. . . "

    This is in response to John's question about someone casting out demons in Jesus' name.
    Even then, there were many believers in Christ that weren't in the inner group. No one could know them all. The evidence of their faith was their witnessing to others and doing things, including casting out demons, to bring glory to Christ. These same people wouldn't also criticize Him.
    We have millions of "closet Christians" that never speak of Jesus. Certainly they wouldn't criticize Jesus either. If they don't attack Christianity like so many others do, they are considered to be with us - even if they haven't committed their lives to Jesus yet.
    We can all be servants of Christ even if no one else knows (e.g. prayer). (DRM 12/1/17)

9:41    "For whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because of your name as followers of Christ, truly I say to you, he shall not lose his reward."

    People don't generally help people they disagree with. A good example would be to help feed and board a visiting missionary passing through. Lord, let me be open to serving You in whatever way You desire. (DRM 1/18/2000)

    Friends help other friends, but this verse is different. If the motive for helping someone is because they are a Christian, it follows that they are also in the "family." I pray that I will meet more people in His family and share His love with them. (DRM 1/1/03)

9:42    "Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe to stumble, it would be better for him if, with a heavy millstone hung around his neck, he had been cast into the sea."

    While this seems to refer to children and correct teaching, it seems to me that it should refer to all new believers of any age. Even though I was 35 when I became a Christian, I was an infant in my belief, and needed correct instruction. My (our) words have to be measured to ALL who we speak to - to lead or encourage them in faith. (DRM 11/24/08)

9:50    "Salt is good, but if the salt becomes unsalty, with what will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves and be at peace with one another."

    This is about backsliding. When we become Christians, we become different - salty to the rest of the world, but as time goes on, the world tries to remove our differences-saltiness. We (I) have to keep in the Word daily to keep "salty." (DRM 1/19/2000)

    What does "salt" represent here? Perhaps holiness. Without the Lord Jesus, how can I enter Heaven? When I have salt [Jesus] in myself, I should also have peace with others. (DRM 1/2/03)

10:7, 8    FOR THIS CAUSE A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER. 8AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH; so they are no longer two, but one flesh. 

    Marriage is more than just a "partnership." In God's eyes, these two people become one flesh. One body that can't be separated, i.e. divorced. While I don't know why the Lord didn't arrange for this in my life, I have to accept His will. (DRM 1/3/03)

10:9    . . . What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate."

    This verse is in relation to verses 6, 7 and 8 about divorce. God does not want divorce. He brought the two people together and it's His choice to keep them together. Since I've never been married, I don't understand why two people separate - as they should have known everything about each other before they got married in the courtship process. There should be no secrets from one half of the "united" married body to the other half. (DRM 11/25/08)

10:11, 12    And He said to them "whoever divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against her; and if she herself divorces her husband and marries another man, she is committing adultery."

    God doesn't like divorce. That's really clear here. But, over 50% of USA marriages end in divorce. It seems that people aren't reading the Book! Why can't people who once loved each other deeply, get along anymore? God, how can I help them? (DRM 1/20/2000)

10:13    And they were bringing children to Him so that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked them.

    At that time, Jesus was considered a prophet-healer. Parents wanted their children to get well or stay well. That's probably why they brought the children to Him.
    The disciples were more like today's society - where children are not to talk to strangers and a single man with 12 male followers would immediately be suspect of leading children into a wrong cult-direction.
    Times have changed - for children to learn about Jesus and become Christians, they have to learn from parents or Sunday School teachers that the parents can trust to lead children in the right direction. (DRM 1/15/15)

10:14    But when Jesus saw this, He was indignant and said to them, "Permit the children to come to Me; do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.

    I thought of the association of this verse with John 3:3 - you must be born again.
    We all start physical life as a baby, then become children. To be a Christian, you also need to be "born again," no matter how old you are at the time, you then become a spiritual child of God=Jesus. Many people realize they have two birthdays - physical and spiritual.
    The best thing is to trust in Jesus when we are physical children and grow physically and spiritually throughout life, but it's never too late to start.
    Jesus will forgive your sins on whatever day you choose and then you can become a child of God "such as these." (like v. 15) (DRM 8/7/16)

    A child is more likely to express faith than a skeptical adult is. We are to follow their example and believe and rely on the promises of God. (from Our Daily Bread, INSIGHT DENNIS FISHER 8/7/16)

10:15    "Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it at all."

    Why do people find this difficult? When we are born, we start out as a child. When we are born-again - at whatever age - we have to start our new life learning the things of God by study and dependence; as we did as a child. (DRM 1/21/2000)

10:17, 18    As He was setting out on a journey, a man ran up to Him and knelt before Him, and asked Him, "Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" 18And Jesus said to him, "Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone."

    This is the introduction to the story of the "Rich Young Ruler." In this short exchange, Jesus was modeling humbleness before answering the question.
    The young man called Him "Good Teacher" instead of "Teacher." Jesus felt the higher title "Good" should be given to God as the young man didn't know His real origin yet.
    Jesus was humble about His personality most of the time. He certainly didn't act like the King He truly was and will be.
    When we represent Jesus in the world, we should do the same - we want to tell others what He has done for us more than telling them that we are better because of our decision. No gloating. (DRM 3/6/18)

    [Re: 10:17]    The "rich young ruler" knew that Jesus was a "Good Teacher," but he didn't want to follow Jesus' teaching after he heard it.
    At first, I thought since the man knelt before Him, that he had put his faith in Him, but apparently that was not the case.
    Jesus wants our worship and, even more, our faith in Him for all that He has and will do for us forever.
    We will inherit eternal life with faith in what Jesus did - and that will cause us to desire to follow His path in many respects. (DRM 9/17/14)

10:21    And looking at him, Jesus felt a love for him, and said to him, "One thing you lack: go and sell all you possess, and give to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me."

    The rich young ruler followed all the commandments but couldn't give up his love of money. I know I've had the same problem doing this. Money seems like security and without it I feel like things could go wrong. It's back to trusting the Lord for EVERYTHING. (DRM 1/22/2000)

10:22    But at these words he was saddened, and he went away grieving, for he was one who owned much property.

    The "Rich Young Ruler" had a money problem. Too much of it. Apparently he was a good person (v. 20) and thought that should be adequate to enter Heaven. Jesus clearly said that wasn't good enough (v. 21).
    Later (v. 27), Jesus said that the only way to Heaven was through God, as He can do anything.
    We can try anything on our own but the only way to even live in Heaven is to give our soul, faith and devotion to Jesus and repent of our sins. (DRM 10/31/13)

10:23    And Jesus, looking around, said to His disciples, "How hard it will be for those who are wealthy to enter the Kingdom of God!"

    This section of Mark is about the rich young ruler, which leads to this statement by Jesus.
    Why do the rich have such a hard time getting into heaven? Probably because their mind is on serving mammon (money) instead of hearing and doing His will. So many people today think of acquiring possessions - thinking they will live on earth forever. (DRM 11/26/08)

10:24    The disciples were amazed at His words. But Jesus answered again and said to them, "Children, how hard it is to enter the Kingdom of God!"

    This is a verse from "the Rich Young Ruler."
    In the USA we are considered rich by the world's standards. Even though I'm now poor in the USA, I'm rich by the world's standard; and PTL, also in God's standards.
    Jesus=God wants all of us to help others in need in some way or another. Some people ask for money an aren't in need - that requires discernment.
    In this verse Jesus reminds us that the only way to Heaven is through Him. Depending on money or good works won't make it. (DRM 2/13/13)

10:25, 26    " . . . It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." 26They were even more astonished and said to Him, "Then who can be saved?"

    Jesus answered this question in the next verse. . . "All things are possible with God."
    We can try to do many things to secure a place in Heaven. I see a lot of people doing "good works" today that think that will make them qualify. The rich young ruler said he obeyed all the commandments but wouldn't give his money to the poor (v. 21).
    How can we get in? Our works don't qualify. The answer is to put ALL your faith in Jesus' hands, repent of your sins and follow Him. A true Christian is a "Christ follower." (DRM 5/31/16)

    It takes courage and faith. "If you declare with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved" (Rom. 10:9) POH FANG CHIA (from Our Daily Bread 5/31/16)

10:27    Looking upon them, Jesus said "With men it is impossible, but not with God; for all things are possible with God."

    While this was referring to the rich man and the camel/needle, I think this statement is good for many things. First, salvation comes from God. He does all kinds of miracles, He controls the weather, etc. We can't depend on ourselves, but only on Him. (DRM 1/4/03)

10:29-30    "Truly I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or farms, for My sake and for the gospel's sake, but that he shall receive a hundred times as much now in the present age, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and farms along with persecutions; and in the age to come, eternal life. . .

    In some ways, these two verses make salvation a little "harder." It's difficult to leave family and know that persecution is waiting, but there are also rewards and the best of all is eternal life with Jesus. (DRM 1/23/2000)

10:31    . . . But many who are first will be last, and the last, first."

    The word "many" in this verse indicates that what Jesus said is not for absolutely everyone. There's always exceptions.
    Some people, probably most, put their trust in Jesus at a young age. As they live their lives they serve the Lord and can have a long life, thus feel like they are last to enter His Kingdom - He had work for them to do here.
    Others have objections to Jesus throughout life and trust in Him in old age, then, soon after, go to Heaven - they are the "last" to trust in Jesus but "first" to arrive there. (Matt. 20:1-16 is a good example of the first being last and the last first.) (DRM 8/10/17)

10:35-36    James and John, the two sons of Zebedee, came up to Jesus, saying, "Teacher, we want You to do for us whatever we ask of You." 36And He said to them, "What do you want Me to do for you?"

    Jesus loves all of His spiritual children, but there is a limit when you consider how many there will be in Heaven when this age is over.
    Jesus knew what they would ask Him before they spoke; that's probably why He didn't say, like other kings, 'whatever you ask for I will give you'.
    Knowing John's writings later in life, he seems qualified, but there are billions of other people now who have served Christ their whole lives during the past 2,000 years that are also qualified to sit next to Jesus. (DRM 9/11/14)

10:37    They [James and John] said to Him [Jesus], "Grant that we may sit, one on Your right and one on Your left, in Your glory."

    James and John believed that Jesus was the King of the future Kingdom. They likely didn't think how big the Kingdom would be or that it would last forever. They were asking Jesus for something He couldn't give (v. 40).
    The Lord wants to give us what we desire, but all our requests won't be granted if they aren't in the will of God. Being a servant (v. 43-45) to the Lord will increase the possibility that He will grant our requests.
    Am I serving Him enough? (DRM 7/25/12)

10:38    But Jesus said to them, "You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or to be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?"

    Jesus knew all of the suffering that He was going to go through, but James and John (v.35) didn't comprehend that yet. They wanted to sit next to Him in heaven, but probably didn't want - or know - that they would also have to suffer for their faith.
    How much suffering will I (we) have to suffer in this life? Only God knows. (DRM 11/27/08)

10:39    They [James and John] said to Him, "We are able." And Jesus said to them, "The cup that I drink you shall drink; and you shall be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized.

    James and John wanted high positions in Heaven. They were thinking of themselves and never knew that probably a billion other followers in the future would also have to be considered.
    Jesus pointed out that the cup He was to drink (death), they would also experience and the baptism of the Holy Spirit that He had, they would also receive at Pentecost.
    We may experience death, if not the Rapture, and we wouldn't be Christians without the Holy Spirit. Thus, this applies to us as much as James and John. (DRM 1/20/14)

10:40    But to sit on My right or on My left, this is not Mine to give; but it is for those for whom it has been prepared."

    James and John wanted Jesus to agree that they could sit next to Him in the future Kingdom.
    Clearly they won't be the ones. That caused me to wonder who would be qualified to sit there, and there are at least a billion people that will likely be in Heaven.
    I wouldn't be surprised if it was an unknown missionary - or - more likely - different people on different days. We'll find out when we get there. (DRM 1/27/13)

10:42    Calling them to Himself, Jesus said to them, "You know that those who are recognized as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them; and their great men exercise authority over them.

    This is the first part of a four verse statement by Jesus. He is comparing how the world is run in contrast to how God wants us to run while on earth.
    The current rulers on earth have people serve them in most every respect. As followers of Christ, we are to serve other people in any way possible. The more we serve on earth, the higher our position will be in Heaven (v. 43-44).
    Jesus didn't just tell His disciples this, He demonstrated this in His life. (DRM 7/18/13)

10:43    But it is not so among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant;    

    Probably everyone wants to be a king or queen in the Kingdom of God. We all want to be in charge of something. Here is the response from Jesus: We must learn to become servants first. (DRM 1/5/03)

10:43b    whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant.

    Being a servant his its good and bad points. If you have the wrong attitude, you will feel that you are just doing a demeaning job. If you think of Christ and how much He was a servant to all, then it will be a privilege to truly be walking in the footsteps of Jesus! (DRM 6/29/87)

10:44-45    ". . . and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many."

    If God wants me to serve Him in a more public way, He wants me to serve Him. That means that I should be willing to go wherever He leads me and do things that aren't always comfortable. This is NOT a life where people serve me. (DRM 1/24/2000)

10:47    When he [Bartimaeus] heard that it was Jesus the Nazarene, he began to cry out and say, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!"

    This verse truly showed that Bartimaeus, who was blind, believed that Jesus could heal him. He had the faith to trust in Him, and Jesus later said, in v. 52, that his faith made him well.
    I still believe that with faith, ALL things are possible! (DRM 11/28/08)

10:48    Many were sternly telling him [blind Bartimaeus] to be quiet, but he kept crying out all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!"

    This was a time when Bartimaeus did the right thing - he kept calling to Jesus for help to cure his blindness. The crowd told him to be quiet, and if he had, Jesus would never have healed him.
    I/we should do the same. When we need Jesus' intervention for our problems on earth, He wants us to call on Him - in prayer. Bartimaeus kept calling (more than once) and we are to keep praying until He gives us an answer - that doesn't mean it will be yes, but He will direct us if we listen. (DRM 12/19/12)

10:51, 52    And answering him, Jesus said, "What do you want Me to do for you?" And the blind man said to Him, "Rabboni, I want to regain my sight!" 52And Jesus said to him "Go your way: your faith has made you well." And immediately he regained his sight and began following Him on the road. 

    The blind man, Bartimaeus, demonstrated his faith by his determined calling to Jesus as He walked by (vv. 47-48). Jesus showed that it was God's will by healing Bartimaeus.
    When we call on Jesus for healing or other requests, they will be answered if they are God's will, and we don't know in advance if it is or not. Sometimes there is a delay and other times He allows the trial for a reason we don't know.
    When something happens, call on the Lord Jesus in prayer, He will hear our prayer as believers, and will act as the Father desires. (DRM 8/11/17)

    [Re: 10:52]    What made him well? FAITH! I believe that faith may be the "key word" of the Bible. Knowledge of a historic figure means nothing unless you have FAITH in your heart. I truly believe and have FAITH that He will do a great work through me somehow. How? (DRM 1/25/2000)

    [Re: 10:52]    Bartimaeus believed Jesus could heal him of his blindness. This belief is called FAITH. He had no doubts. When I pray to Jesus and request something, I should have confidence that He will answer and fulfill my request. I always need more faith. (DRM 1/6/03)

11:1    As they approached Jerusalem, at Bethpage and Bethany, near the Mount of Olives, He sent two of His disciples,

    . . . to obtain a colt for His triumphal entry into Jerusalem.
    I chose this verse because Jesus almost always had TWO of His disciples go on His missions. In my personal life I've never, or rarely ever, found another Christian to join me on my "Christian mission" to hand out or give out bookmarks. It seems that this is a "post-Christian" world from many of my observations. (DRM 11/29/08)

11:9-10    And those who went before, and those who followed after, were crying out, "Hosanna: Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord; Blessed is the coming Kingdom of our father David; Hosanna in the highest!"

    It was "Palm Sunday" and the above quote was what the people said as Jesus entered Jerusalem. Of course they were right, but they didn't know the world would have to wait for His second coming. God willing, I'll see that in some way. (DRM 1/26/2000)

11:11    Jesus entered Jerusalem and came into the temple; and after looking around at everything, He left for Bethany, with the twelve, since it was already late.

    Jesus' entry into Jerusalem for that "Palm Sunday" was ceremonial and prophetic of His return someday soon. When He got to the temple, He had no statement prepared or service to attend. The entry to the city was the event. I also note that all 12 of the disciples/apostles came with Him.
    The next time Jesus comes to Jerusalem, He won't be so quiet and more people will pay attention to His every word. Come, Lord Jesus! (DRM 3/24/13)

    This was also the fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecy in Zechariah 9:9

11:15    And they came to Jerusalem and He entered the temple and began to cast out those who were buying and selling in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who were selling doves;

    Apparently Jesus got frustrated with people who were not honoring His Father. This does not say that all people should get frustrated (like me), but Jesus definitely had opinions that He wanted to defend. (DRM 1/27/2000)

11:16    and He would not permit anyone to carry merchandise through the temple.

    This goes with the driving out of the merchandisers (money changers) in the temple. Not only did Jesus not want people to buy or exchange money in the temple, he didn't want them to carry their merchandise through the temple. Most larger churches today totally ignore this teaching - and I wonder why? What should I (we) do? (DRM 11/30/08)

11:17    And He began to teach and say to them, "Is it not written, 'MY HOUSE SHALL BE CALLED A HOUSE OF PRAYER FOR ALL THE NATIONS'? But you have made it a ROBBERS' DEN."    

    This verse brings up another disagreement in the churches of today. What should be sold in churches? Should they have stores of religious goods on church property? My opinion is that church and business should be in separate buildings. (DRM 1/7/03)

11:23    "Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be taken up and cast into the sea', and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it shall be granted him."

    While I'm not into moving physical mountains, I am into spiritual mountains. I think a key word not written here is FAITH. We must believe that God can do the work. It has happened to me on small things, I believe that He will do bigger things in my life. (DRM 1/28/2000)

11:24    . . . "Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

    Verse 23 contains the thought about moving mountains if you have faith. Therefore we will succeed in anything we ask if we only have faith that it can and has happened.
    When I think: "I can't do that," or "It's too hard for me to do that," I should remember to have more faith in Him! (DRM 7/3/87)

11:28    and began saying to Him, "By what authority are You doing these things, or who gave You this authority to do these things?"

    Jesus rarely gave direct answers. He wanted people to come up with their own conclusions about who He was. When the scribes and elders came to Him with this question, He replied with a question about the ministry of John the Baptist. They would not answer His question, so He didn't answer theirs. Jesus wants the Holy Spirit to convict our hearts, not just His say so. (DRM 12/1/08)

11:30    "Was the baptism of John from heaven, or from men? Answer Me."

    Jesus was/is smart. When asked a question, He refused to answer the question unless they answered a more difficult question. The result was a stand off. Maybe I should learn that I don't need to answer everyone's questions. (DRM 1/29/2000)

12:6-7    "He had one more to send, a beloved son; he sent him last of all to them saying, 'They will respect my son.' But the vine-growers said to one another, "This is the heir; come let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours!"

    This parable seems real clear to me. God sent lots of prophets before Jesus and no one listened, then He sent Jesus, and they killed Him. Thank you God, for still giving us a chance. (DRM 1/30/2000)

12:9    What will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the vine-growers, and will give the vineyard to others.

    This is from the "Parable of the Vine-growers." The vine-growers  seem to be the chief priests and scribes (v. 12) who rejected all the prophets and wanted to kill the Son; Jesus. In this verse the Lord God, the Owner, indicates that the vineyard will be given to others who will do His will. Am I (you) among this group? (DRM 12/2/08)

12:16-17    And they brought one [coin]. And He said to them, "whose likeness and inscription is this?" And they said to Him "Caesar's."
    17And Jesus said to them, "Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's."

    The question started by asking if taxes were to be paid. The above was the answer. Maybe the important part of this is "what is God's?" and that would have to be EVERYTHING that doesn't show Caesar's image. Give God ALL He asks for. (DRM 1/31/2000)

    [re: 12:17] This was Jesus' response to a trap the Pharisees and Herodians. They, like us, didn't like paying taxes. Jesus response shows me that taxes are a necessary evil - and that He wants them to be paid, just like He wants us to pay all of our debts. (DRM 1/8/03)

12:25    "For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven."

    I can see good aspects and bad aspects of this. The good is that I will be able to talk and enjoy all of the other "people" there equally. But it will be difficult to see people who were formerly married as individuals. This is also good for "mixed marriages" where there was one believer and one non-believer. We will all be equal. (DRM 2/1/2000)

    In some ways, it's still hard to imagine heaven. Most of my life I have felt as an outcast because I am single. In heaven all people will be "single" and devoted totally to Christ. I won't be an outcast anymore! We will be like angels! (DRM 1/9/03)

12:27    "He is not the God of the dead, but of the living; you are greatly mistaken."

    This is part of Jesus' response to the Sadducees concerning the resurrection of the dead. I think His point is that believers in Him (Jesus) don't die, but are raised immediately. To other people they seem dead, but at that point they will be alive in heaven. (DRM 12/3/08)

12:28    One of the scribes came and heard them arguing, and recognizing that He had answered them well, asked Him, "What commandment is the foremost of all?"

    It seems that Jesus was asked questions from all types of people and caused arguments about His stance on some topics. I rarely think of these questions as trials or testings, but they really were. People would say He was a good teacher and had good answers, but still wouldn't believe He was truly God.
    If Jesus came and did the same things today, I think He would be put in a hospital for His statements. Not that I think they should, but because the 'world' is so far from following His teachings they would want to silence Him.
    We are to be in the world, but not of it. (DRM 2/14/15)


    This is the foremost commandment. When people break down the sections of this it seems to me to be total commitment. Lord, help me to be totally committed to You! (DRM 2/3/2000)

    Jesus said that this was the foremost commandment. We have only one God - His name is not money and we are to love Him with everything we have. Total commitment. We are to do whatever He asks and serve Him with all our heart, soul , mind and strength. (DRM 1/10/03)

12:30    Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. (also Deut. 6:5)

    Jesus said that this is the greatest commandment. I pray that I am becoming more like Christ every day by doing everything written here.
    Why can't others do this? Just to think of the world all believing in Christ! (DRM 7/12/87)

12:31    The second is this, 'YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.' There is no other commandment greater than these."

    Since Jesus said this, it's important to have good relationships with everyone. Everyone includes non-Christians and Christians. A neighbor doesn't have to live next door. A neighbor is a co-worker and someone else on the bus to work.
    . . . No disagreements. The other person thinks  they are right, so we/I should also be able to express my view on the subject and leave it at that. If it's a Christian view (hopefully), then the Holy Spirit can cause them to reconsider their ways.
    Meek is not weak. (DRM 2/4/14)

12:32, 33    The scribe said to Him, "Right, Teacher; You have truly stated that HE IS ONE, AND THERE IS NO ONE ELSE BESIDES HIM; 33AND TO LOVE HIM WITH ALL THE HEART AND WITH ALL THE UNDERSTANDING AND WITH ALL THE STRENGTH, AND TO LOVE ONE'S NEIGHBOR AS HIMSELF, is much more than all burnt offerings and sacrifices."

    Jesus had many critics in the Jewish priests, the scribes, the Pharisees and the Sadducees. It seems their purpose was to stop Him or criticize everything He said. This particular scribe heard what Jesus said was the greatest commandment and agreed generally with Him! This encouraged Jesus (v. 34) that He was "getting through" to the scribe on this point.
    We feel the same way when we talk to unbelievers and they seem to finally listen and agree with a point. Then we know they have hope for salvation. (DRM 8/11/14)

12:36, 37a    "David himself said in the Holy Spirit, 'THE LORD SAID TO MY LORD, "SIT AT MY RIGHT HAND, UNTIL I PUT YOUR ENEMIES BENEATH YOU FEET." ' " 37David himself called Him 'Lord'; so in what sense is He his son?"

    This is a question that Jesus asked, but didn't answer. But I think He wants us to answer it ourselves. I think the first words should/could read 'The Father said to the Son.' David called God the Lord, but biologically Jesus was his descendent. (DRM 12/4/08) . . . The Messiah is both! He is David's Son and David's Lord! Jesus is both wholly man and wholly God. (from Word of Life commentary)

12:38    And in His teaching He was saying: "Beware of the scribes who like to walk around in long robes, and like respectful greetings in the marketplaces  . . . and places of honor at banquets, . . . "

    Sometimes I get "jealous" with people who are in positions of Christian leadership and wonder why I wasn't chosen. With this verse I feel better that they are being watched all the more and are more suspect to possible false teachings. Meek is better. (DRM 2/5/2000)

12:41, 42    And He sat down opposite the treasury, and began observing how the people were putting money into the treasury; and many rich people were putting in large sums. 42A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which amount to a cent.

    Giving to the Lord's work should be a heart attitude. Think again about what God=Jesus has done for you. Should His Kingdom be advanced?
    The rich had plenty of money to spare and it didn't necessarily show their heart attitude - but perhaps a commitment to a cause that didn't change their heart and soul.
    The poor woman's heart/soul was devoted to God - believing in His future provisions for her.
    God=Jesus wants our devotion to Him and His Kingdom first, then we will want to give Him something in appreciation for what He has done. (DRM 9/6/17)

12:43    Calling His disciples to Him, He said to them, "Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the contributors to the treasury;

    The rich could afford to put in larger sums of money and it had no effect on their wealth. The widow put in all that she had. This reverts back to faith. The widow believed that the Lord God would provide for her needs and the rich didn't need for the Lord to provide for their needs as they had plenty to live on.
    Am I giving enough to the Lord's work? How much does He ask? (10%) What does He give in return? (everything, including eternal life with Him). Why not? (DRM 11/8/13)

12:44    . . . for they [the rich] all put in out of their surplus, but she [the poor widow], out of her poverty, put in all she owned, all she had to live on." 

    Am I giving enough to further the Kingdom of Christ? Yes, I feel that I am giving the tithe to various ministries, but I don't feel that I am giving enough of my time - I get too easily diverted. Lord, help me use my time wisely to be a better servant. (DRM 1/11/03)

13:9    "But be on your guard; for they will deliver you to the courts, and you will be flogged in the synagogues, and you will stand before governors and kings for My sake as a testimony to them."

    In this section Jesus was prophesying about the future. A lot of the aspects in this verse are happening in the USA now, as I think of court cases against the Ten Commandments and other attacks about our Christian faith. Most of our leaders AREN'T Christians and have no reason to want to support our beliefs. (DRM 12/5/08)

13:11    And when they arrest you and deliver you up, do not be anxious beforehand about what you are to say, but say whatever is given to you in that hour; for it is not you who speak, but it is the Holy Spirit.

    This [second part] has happened to me. I felt trapped and didn't know what to say to defend His position, but suddenly words came out of my mouth that I never thought of. Praise God for the gift of the Holy Spirit! (DRM 2/5/2000)

13:13    "And you will be hated by all on account of My name, but the one who endures to the end, he shall be saved." 

    This is truly happening in the world today! The fundamental Christians are being ridiculed with the Jews on many fronts. I must be prepared to take this verse personally. (DRM 1/12/03)    

13:14    But when you see the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION standing where it should not be (let the reader understand), then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains.

    What is the 'Abomination of Desolation?' Daniel 9:27 refers to this also. The Word of Life definition is: It refers to the desecration of the temple when the Antichrist will sit in the temple and demand to be worshipped. Somehow this will cause the Jewish people to realize that they have been deceived, and because of the holocaust, run away from a dictator, like Hitler, who intends to kill them. The Christian church will already be gone (raptured) at this time. Will you be among them? (DRM 12/6/08)

13:20    And unless the Lord had shortened those days, no life would have been saved; but for the sake of the elect whom He chose, He shortened the days.

    This sounds like a "pre-trib" verse to me. It's nice to know the days are shortened, but when, Lord? The sense of expectation is my main reason for believing in Premillennialism and Pretribulationism. Lord come quickly.  (DRM 2/5/2000)

    This verse seems to address two disputes in the church of today: Christ chose the elect, He knew in advance who would be saved and the saved will not have to go through the tribulation. Praise the Lord, this seems clearly written here. (DRM 1/13/03)

13:24    "But in those days, after that tribulation, THE SUN WILL BE DARKENED, AND THE MOON WILL NOT GIVE ITS LIGHT."

    I circled the word "after" in this verse. This will occur after the seven years of tribulation - when Jesus comes back to rule the earth. The believers will be separate due to His calling. Praise the Lord that I will be on His side! (DRM 1/14/03)

13:30    Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place.

    I'm sure that every generation since Jesus' time felt that they had reason to believe that they would be the generation that would see the events in this chapter. Why do I think it's OUR generation? In v. 28 the fig tree represents Israel - and for thousands of years it didn't exist until 1948, so that major prophecy has been fulfilled. (DRM 12/7/08)

13:31    Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

    This chapter details the "End of the Age" and is absolutely fascinating. I personally have mixed emotions in that it sounds like a terrible trial and painful time, but I am looking forward to meeting Jesus too and want to be happy in heaven also. 
    I am incredibly thankful for the saving grace of God in my salvation and meeting all of my trials! (DRM 7/15/87)

13:35-36    Therefore, be on the alert - for you do not know when the master of the house is coming, whether in the evening, at midnight, at cockcrowing, or in the morning lest he come suddenly and find you asleep. 

    It seems that I have been living in a state of expectation for many years now. Non-Christian friends could see this and wonder why. As each day arrives, I hope, by God's grace, to always look towards Him in anticipation. (DRM 2/6/2000)

    [re: 13:35] How can I "always be ready?" Certainly we can't keep awake 24 hours a day! I think this means to be spiritually ready - to have no unconfessed sin. Lord, continue to convict me when I sin, so I may change my life and be more like You. (DRM 1/15/03)

14:5    "For this perfume might have been sold for over three hundred denarli, and the money given to the poor." And they were scolding her. 

    This verse give the idea of the passage. She had just poured the perfume over Jesus' head. . . He defended her action - knowing that He would die soon, but also indicating that we should give to the poor for their needs. Since I am not living in the year 30, I should give more to the poor. (DRM 2/7/2000)

14:7    For you always have the poor with you, and whenever you wish you can do good to them; but you do not always have Me.

    The guests at the party thought the woman's anointing Jesus with costly perfume was a waste of money.
    Jesus was about 33 years old and no one expected Him to die anytime soon. They didn't know the future like Jesus did, so probably Jesus' response in this verse was unexpected.
    Only Jesus=God know the future. We don't know what will happen to us tomorrow. The best thing is to be prepared for whatever could happen.
    Trust in Jesus, make sure of your salvation and confess all sin as it comes to mind. Be ready! (DRM 3/30/15)

14:8    "She has done what she could: she has anointed My body beforehand for the burial."

    Some things aren't what they seem. Only Jesus knew that His death on a cross was imminent. It appeared that this woman or Mary? did this without cause. When God leads me to do some things, I feel the same way. Only He knows. (DRM 1/16/03)

14:10    Then Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve, went off to the chief priests in order to betray Him to them.

    Jesus is God. Jesus knew that Judas would betray Him. Like Job in the Old Testament, God permitted this to occur - why? Because this would lead to something much better in the future. It's hard to see how a trial can cause things to get better, but with the passage of time, it will all become clear that there was a purpose. (DRM 12/8/08)

14:13    And He sent two of His disciples and said to them, "Go into the city, and a man will meet you carrying a pitcher of water; follow him; . . .

    Jesus=God knows everything we have done and will do in the future.
    What are the "chances" that the disciples would go into a city with lots of people and be on the right street where a man was walking with a pitcher of water? How did Jesus know the exact timing of all this? He is God - who directed and knew their every step!
    This is true for each of us also. It's easy for me to think of times I met people on the sidewalk that I haven't seen in months - "chance" meetings.
    We aren't robots, but God=Jesus is aware of everything we do. (DRM 9/7/16)

14:14    . . . and wherever he enters, say to the owner of the house, 'The Teacher says, "where is My guest room in which I may eat the Passover with My disciples?" '

    Somehow, when I read this verse today, I thought of the comparison to Jesus' birth and the difficulty in finding a room at the Inn. Now, He was to eat His last meal in a "large upper room" (v. 15) instead of His first meal in the stable.
    While comparatively few, Jesus had willing followers that provided for His needs. He can also provide for me (us) today. (DRM 12/9/08)

14:18    And as they were reclining at the table and eating, Jesus said, "Truly, I say to you that one of you will betray Me one who is eating with Me."

    From the beginning of time, Jesus knew that Judas would betray Him. I must remember that from the beginning of time He also knew how much I would love Him and what I would do to advance His kingdom. He knew, but Judas and I didn't know. I pray I will be used in a great way - somehow. (DRM 2/8/2000)

    I have the habit of thinking very highly of a new friend - until time shows their real personality. Sometimes my trust was a wrong choice. As in Jesus' case, time will tell what will happen, and I trust in Him to correct the problems. (DRM 1/17/03)

14:21    . . . For the Son of Man is to go just as it is written of Him; but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been good for that man if he had not been born."

    Why did Jesus choose Judas to be a disciple if He knew in advance that Judas would betray Him?
    For nearly three years, Judas was with the other disciples and saw all of Jesus' miracles and still didn't believe in Him. It makes me think of people going to church every Sunday and not trusting in Jesus.
    Even so, Jesus knew Judas would fulfill prophecy, so Jesus chose him to be the treasurer for the ministry. God=Jesus works in mysterious ways. He knew He would not be on earth for a long time and had accomplished God's will - so it was time for His ultimate sacrifice for us. (DRM 3/31/15)

    British pastor Joseph Parker was asked, "Why did Jesus choose Judas to be one of His disciples?" He thought deeply about the question for a while but could not come up with an answer. He said that he kept running into an even more baffling question: "Why did He choose me?" (from Our Daily Bread 3/31/15)

14:22    And while they were eating, He took some bread, and after a blessing, He broke it; and gave it to them, and said, "Take it; this is My body." 

    This seems clear to me. Jesus didn't cut off His arm and say, "Take it; this is My body," but used some bread as a symbol of His body. This is clearly a symbol of Jesus' life and not to be taken literally. (DRM 1/18/03)

14:26    After singing a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

    They had just completed the Last Supper and this seems like an aside statement, but I wonder what the hymn was like. How often do we visualize Jesus singing? It shows AT LEAST that singing was part of worship even in Jesus' time and reminds me that this is an important part of our weekly worship services. (DRM 12/10/08)

14:27    And Jesus said to them, "You will all fall away, because it is written, 'I WILL STRIKE DOWN THE SHEPHERD, AND THE SHEEP SHALL BE SCATTERED' "

    This refers to Peter after the Last Supper. Jesus stated that "it is written" in advance, that "the sheep will be scattered". He knew in advance! Predestined? God knows my heart also - and my fear that I could deny Him in a trial. Please don't let it happen. (DRM 1/19/03)

14:30    And Jesus said to him [Peter], "Truly I say to you, that you yourself this very night, before a cock crows twice, shall three times deny Me."

    Jesus is God. God knows everything, thus Jesus knows everything [Except He said He didn't know what day He was returning.] This verse shows how He knew the future. To depend on Him in my life is the ONLY way. Jesus is Lord. (DRM 2/9/2000)

14:32, 33    They came to a place named Gethsemane; and He said to His disciples, "Sit here until I have prayed." 33And He took with Him Peter and James and John, and began to be very distressed and troubled.

    Jesus knew what was coming. He knew/knows everything. Still He had concern and had never experienced the pain, suffering and death that were coming the next day. Since He never sinned, He must not have had fear. He knew His Father would bring Him through the experience and He certainly knew why it was occurring. Still He prayed to the Father.
    Prayer was important to Jesus during His trying time; as it should also be for us. Just knowing that God is listening and acting on our behalf gives us assurance that His will will be done. (DRM 3/24/16)

14:34    And He said to them, "My soul is deeply grieved to the point of death; remain here and keep watch."

    We know why Jesus said this quote to the three disciples (v. 33) that were near Him before He was arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane.
    The disciples didn't know: 1. He was being betrayed by Judas; 2. The 'troops' were coming and He wanted protection and 3. He would be dead the next day. They had just finished a meal and had a long day, and were tired. What could happen to Jesus while He was praying?
    None of us knows the future. We don't know if we will be alive tomorrow - but Jesus does! It's best to be ready - as if today is the last day on earth. (DRM 1/30/15)

14:35    And He went a little beyond them, and fell to the ground and began to pray that if it were possible, the hour might pass Him by.

    Jesus was only 33 years old. His ministry had only lasted about 3 years. There was more to teach and more people always needed to be healed. He knew His mission on earth was to die for our sins, but couldn't He have a few more years?
    It was evening and probably dark, so the disciples kept falling asleep while He prayed. As He prayed He asked, like we should, for His Father's will and not His own (v. 36).
    In this respect, we are similar to Jesus that day, we don't want to go through hard times and trials, but also want to do the Father's will. (DRM 8/24/16)

14:36    And He was saying, "Abba! Father! All things are possible for Thee; remove this cup from Me; yet not what I will, but what Thou wilt."

    This shows me the humanity of Jesus. He knew He was going to die, but prayed that He could live. The most important part to me is that He gave up His will for God's will. May I do the same. (DRM 2/10/2000) 

    Here it seems that Jesus wanted to stay on earth longer and tell more about Heaven. He knew His time to leave had come and didn't want the suffering to come. Most important to me is that Jesus was submissive and wanted to do God's will - as should I. (DRM 1/20/03)

14:36b    . . . "Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will."

    When Jesus knew of His pending death He prayed to God. In this prayer He yielded His will to God's will. 
    I should always pray to God to continue to direct my paths, so that I may be in His will and not my own. (DRM 7/16/87)

14:37    And He came and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, "Simon, are you asleep? Could you not keep watch for one hour?"

    It's probably about midnight. They were in the Garden of Gethsemane. Why should the disciples need to keep watch - for what? They didn't know the future. They were tired from a long day.
    Jesus knew why He asked them to keep watch and clearly (v. 35) wasn't looking forward to His coming trial and crucifixion the next day.
    While Jesus and God know the future, we don't. He wants us to keep spiritually alert about the time we are living in and to be ready to share our faith with others as He will soon return. (DRM 6/4/15)

14:38    "Keep watching and praying that you may not come into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak."

    The "Lords Supper" had been completed. I can easily imagine that they got to Gethsemane late in the evening or around midnight? Jesus went to pray, but Peter, James and John fell asleep - which seems understandable after a large meal. I have also fallen asleep several times while praying, so know what it's like when "the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak." (DRM 12/11/08)

14:45    And after coming, he [Judas] immediately went to Him, saying, "Rabbi!" and kissed Him. 

    The kiss of betrayal. While my life has generally been separate of affection, I can see how people can 'turn' on others after they have become close for a while. Lord, teach me not to betray others as Judas did to You. (DRM 1/21/03)

14:48    And Jesus said to them, "Have you come out with swords and clubs to arrest Me, as you would against a robber?"

    Jesus was a peaceful man and knew that His arrest was coming that night. He was going to be taken peacefully, but His disciples (v. 47) and the arresting group were ready for a skirmish - battle if need be. Jesus restored calm, healed the slave's ear, and went peacefully. (DRM 12/12/08)

14:50    And they all left Him and fled.

    Jesus had just been arrested. His disciples previously said they would never leave Him. This night they could see how the group with swords and clubs threatened them so they fled. Thank you, Jesus, for putting up with our human fears! (DRM 2/11/2000)

14:55    Now the chief priests and the whole Council kept trying to obtain testimony against Jesus to put Him to death; and they were not finding any. 

    How can you find people to accuse a perfect man? Even in verse 58, the temple He said would be destroyed was His body and in three days He had a new one. They just didn't believe His statements spiritually. I depend on Him. (DRM 1/22/03)

14:61    But He kept silent, and made no answer. Again the high priest was questioning Him , and saying to Him, "Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?"

    Jesus knew when to keep silent and when to speak out. He answered this question and then they accused Him of blasphemy. Lord, teach me when to keep silent and, more important, when to speak out - - - about You.  (DRM 2/12/2000)

14:65    Some began to spit at Him, and to blindfold Him, and to beat Him with their fists, and to say to Him, "Prophesy!" And the officers received Him with slaps in the face.

    Who were these people? Verse 55, The chief priests and the whole Council! I would expect religious men to act differently than this! Even though they had a different view did they have to be so physical?
    If Jesus had prophesized about what would happen to them, they would have become even more angry and violent. I would think. (DRM 12/13/08)

14:70    But again he denied it. After a little while the bystanders were again saying to Peter, "Surely you are one of them, for you are a Galilean too."

    People have different appearances - not only by skin color, but also vocalisms and facial/body features. Apparently Galilean's looked different than other Israelis. That's what caused Peter's questioning here. As Christians, we should look different also - and want questions - so that we can lead others to Jesus Christ. (DRM 12/15/08)

14:71    But he [Peter] began to curse and swear, "I do not know this man you are talking about!" 

    Peter's denials seem to have been directed by Satan - and Jesus even told Peter in advance! I pray that I will not have circumstances that will ever let me deny my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ as Lord. (DRM 1/23/03)

14:72    And immediately a cock crowed a second time. And Peter remembered how Jesus had made the remark to him, "Before a cock crows twice, you will deny Me three times." And he began to weep.

    It seems that my "denial" of Christ takes a different form. The whole Bible seems to scream, "tell others" and I deny my duty. Maybe success would cause more confidence, but there must be a beginning! (DRM 2/13/2000)

15:2    And Pilate questioned Him, "Are You the King of the Jews?" And answering He said to him, "It is as you say."

    What would people think today if this occurred? Perhaps Jesus would go to the Psychiatric Center. Apparently they never checked the prophecy passages in the Old Testament to see if He was telling the truth. Lord, don't let me jump to conclusions. (DRM 1/24/03)

15:12, 13    Answering again, Pilate said to them, "Then what shall I do with Him whom you call the King of the Jews?" 13They shouted back, "Crucify Him!"

    Pilate didn't want to crucify Jesus. He offered the crowd other options, but the chief priests (v. 11) stirred up the crowd because of their envy. ( v.11) Even today, people want to conform to the crowd and not act independently. I think Jesus=God wants us to think independently and commit ourselves (myself) to Him and not the world. (DRM 12/15/08)

15:14    But Pilate was saying to them, "Why, what evil has He done?" But they shouted all the more, "Crucify Him!"

    Everyone seems to blame someone else for Jesus crucifixion. From this verse, I don't believe that it was Pilate. It also wasn't the Jewish people, but rather the group that was in the square that day. (DRM 2/14/2000)

15:15    And wishing to satisfy the multitude, Pilate released Barabbas for them, and after having Jesus scourged, he delivered Him to be crucified. 

    While not pleasant, this is probably one of the most important verses in the Bible. If Jesus had not died for my sins - and rose again - I would have no chance of getting to Heaven. What He gave up - His life - for me, means so much! (DRM 1/25/03)

15:17, 18    They dressed Him up in purple, and after twisting a crown of thorns, they put it on Him; 18and they began to acclaim Him, "Hail, King of the Jews!"

    The title of this section is "Jesus is Mocked." The purple clothing represents the royal color. The crown of thorns had to be painful from the thorns on His head. They did not believe they were really giving Him His correct title and they, like us, will someday see Him rule over all the earth. (DRM 12/16/08)

15:19    And they kept beating His head with a reed, and spitting at Him, and kneeling and bowing before Him. 

    This is another reminder of what Jesus went through. The pain and mocking that was occurring to Him. Now that I have been a Christian 17 years, I don't want to forget all that Jesus went through to save me from all of my sins. Thank You! (DRM 1/26/03)

15:26    And the inscription of the charge against Him read, "THE KING OF THE JEWS."

    They seemed to know what they were doing. This person claimed to be the King and they were unwilling to hear Him. Praise God that I've heard Him and accepted Him as my King! (DRM 2/15/2000)

15:29, 30    Those passing by were hurling abuse at Him, wagging their heads, and saying, "Ha! You who are going to destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, 30save Yourself, and come down from the cross!"

    Artwork showing the crucifixion shows people standing and observing, but there were also some "passing by." Perhaps it was a common occurrence for them.
    We have the benefit of history and the understanding that Jesus did rebuild the temple in three days, but that was future to them and refers to a spiritual temple rather than a physical temple.
    Many people disliked Jesus then and also today. With the world's dislike of Christianity today, we now receive some of this abuse, but we know the end of the story - we will arise to be with Him. (DRM 4/17/17)

15:31    In the same way the chief priests also, along with the scribes, were mocking Him among themselves and saying, "He saved others; He cannot save Himself." 

    They didn't understand. Jesus had to die for our sins - as a substitute like the animals that were sacrificed at the temple. Would I have understood that if I were living then? Praise the Lord for Resurrection Day when it became clear! (DRM 1/27/03)

15:33    When the sixth hour came, darkness fell over the whole land until the ninth hour.

    In v. 32, the chief priests asked Jesus for the miracle of Him coming down from the cross. In this verse He provided the miracle, but it wasn't what they were looking for. The only natural day-darkness that I can think of is a thunderstorm or eclipse, but that wasn't mentioned and it's rare to last three hours. I believe that this is a proof that Jesus is who He said He is - but it wasn't what they were looking for, so didn't notice it. (DRM 12/17/08)

15:37    With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last.

    Jesus Christ died for all of my sins. As I learn more and more from the Bible, I get more and more convicted for my sins as I commit them. While I know that I must try to stop doing them, I also know that by confessing my sins to God and Christ, that I will be forgiven for all my sins. (DRM 4/16/87)

    Jesus died. He breathed his last with his human lungs, but He didn't stay dead like everyone else. He arose again. THAT'S the important part. {I'm ahead of myself.} (DRM 2/16/2000)

15:37, 38    And Jesus uttered a loud cry, and breathed His last. 38And the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. 

    When Jesus' breathed His last, things changed! As He told the thief on the cross, He went to paradise, but also the need for temple sacrifice was ended - as represented by the tearing of the veil. All who trusted in Him are now saved. (DRM 1/28/03)

15:43    Joseph of Arimathea came, a prominent member of the Council, who himself was waiting for the Kingdom of God; and he gathered up courage and went in before Pilate, and asked for the body of Jesus.

    I don't know of any other place that Joseph of Arimathea is mentioned, except for what he did that day. He clearly had fear (gathered up courage) before going to Pilate, but did what he felt he should do. I would call him a closet Christian today - and know that he fulfilled prophecy. (DRM 12/18/08)

15:46    And Joseph bought a linen cloth, took Him down, wrapped Him in the linen cloth, and laid Him in a tomb which had been hewn out in the rock; and he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb.

    I believe that the shroud of Turin is what is most likely described here. During these recent times, most of what the Bible says has been proven accurate. This is more evidence that the Lord lives. (DRM 2/17/2000)

    Joseph needed courage (v. 43) to ask for Jesus' body! All of the details of the burial are here. The linen cloth makes me think of the Shroud of Turin that could be Jesus' image. . . still, without This death, I would have no life! (DRM 1/29/03)

16:5    Entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting at the right, wearing a white robe; and they were amazed.

    The two Mary's saw an angel, or two, inside the tomb that Resurrection morning. I was surprised that this description indicated only one young angel; and that caused me to wonder if angels have different ages? Here on earth we are accustomed to the aging process, but are also told we won't age in heaven. I think we will be one age and increase in wisdom. (DRM 12/19/08) 

16:6    And he [angel] said to them, "Do not be amazed; you are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who has been crucified. He has risen: He is not here; behold, here is the place where they laid Him.

    That morning was the most important day in the history of the world. By the end of that day, how many knew it? How do others know of that day - unless we tell them. (DRM 2/18/2000)

    HE IS RISEN are probably the most important words of hope to Christians. Something DOES happen after death! Without this hope, what would I do with my life here on earth? Praise the Lord for opening my eyes to His love! (DRM 1/30/03)

16:8b    They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid.

    After Jesus performed each miracle, he told people not to say anything and they did. In this case (His resurrection), the angels told Mary to tell people of the good news and "They said nothing . . . "
    So often I know and feel convicted to tell someone about Jesus, but I am afraid. I hope that, as I learn more, that my fear will be replaced with more willingness to talk. (DRM 4/22/87)

16:12    And after that, He appeared in a different form to two of them while they were walking along on their way to the country.

    One of the great mysteries to me is what I will look like in Heaven. This verse indicates "a different form," but what? Whatever form it is, I know it will be better - and to be with Him I know there will be no more pain, fears or sorrow. (DRM 2/19/2000)

    What will I look like in Heaven? In one way, I feel that I will look the same - as relatives and friends will recognize me, but here Jesus had a "different form" that wasn't recognized. The important part to me is to be there. (DRM 1/31/03)

16:15    And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation."

    Normally, I take the Bible literally. This verse has been a challenge for me. I want to literally go and speak His words, then chicken out and say little or nothing. Only with the Holy Spirit's help will I be able to literally do this. (DRM 2/1/03)

16:16    He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.

    Many people today think there is more than one way to get to Heaven. They could think their good deeds will put them in line for the earned reward, but Jesus said here there is only ONE way and that is belief in Him. As a result of that belief, we are baptized by the Holy Spirit. Water baptism is our outward expression of what has happened spiritually. (DRM 12/20/08)