Our symbol this week is a crown,
for we see early on in Mark that Christ is the King, who has authority over all.
Mark now shows us His authority over the physical world,
healing the sick,
and calming the wild animals.
He has authority over the spiritual world,
driving out demons,
and, with irresistable grace, calling the disciples.
“At once they left their nets and followed Him.”
He amazed the crowds, teaching with “authority.”
He reigns over every aspect of your life,
and He is good, so we can trust Him in mysterious times.
As Lewis said of Aslan, though he may not feel safe, he is good.
“He is the King, I tell you.”
If you have just joined us, purchase a copy of Tim Keller’s commentary on Mark — for we will be going through Mark and this commentary into the summer. It is “Jesus The King,” formerly titled “The King’s Cross.”( While you are waiting, you can use the link below to get the introduction and first chapter of the book, by scrolling down to downloads.)
Wonderful post from last week:
Last week our symbol was the dance, as Mark introduced us to the “dance of the Trinity.” Shirley Meadow mentioned this wonderful You-tube video which gave me goosebumps. Enjoy!
- What stands out to you from the above and why?
- Where are you thankful, right now, for Christ’s sovereignty in your life?
Monday: Good News, Not Good Advice
3. Read Mark 1:14-15 and tell what is happening.
4. Read the opening of Chapter 2, up to “Following the King” in Keller’s commentary, and share what stands out to you and why.
5. Every once in a while I will ask something I am wondering about — so we can dialogue — and I love it when you do the same. I am pondering how quickly in Jesus ministry John the Baptist was put into prison (Mark 1:14) and if there is reason Mark tells us that, just before Jesus’ proclamation (Mark 1:15). I have some thoughts, but would love to hear any thoughts you have first.
6. How might you incorporate verse 15 into a prayer of both repentance and faith for a way
to apply the gospel to your life right now?
(For those of you who enjoyed Wonderpod this Advent, Sarah has a special Epiphany podcast today.)
Tuesday: Following the King
7. Read Mark 1:16-20 and share what is happening, making observations.
8. Read the section in Keller’s book called “Following the King” up to where he has Mark
1:21-22 in italics and share what stands out to you and why.
9. How might you pray this passage?
10. have you seen God in your life in the last 24 hours?
Wednesday: Authority comes from the word Author
11. Read Mark 1:21-28. What happens here? Make observations.
12. What does Keller have to say about this?
13. Can you think of a time when you planned to go one way and Jesus turned you around
and took you a different way? Reflections? Praise?
Thursday: Not Just a Claim of Authority
14. Read Mark 1:31-32 and share what happens. Make observations.
15. What does Keller have to say about this — what stands out to you and why?
16. How have you seen God at work in your life in the last 24 hours? Praise?
17. Read the rest of chapter 2 in Keller’s book and share how the story of the Princess
and the Goblin impacts you. Might you read this or read it to children?
18. What do you think you will remember about this week and why?
19. Remembering our symbol of the crown for the week, how could you praise the King of
Glory? What might you need to confess for going against His authority? Where could you
petition Him to help you or someone you love to trust Him as King?