Mark Daily Readings, WEEK NINE

DAY ONE MARK 14:66-72

Peter, often a spokesman for the rest of the disciples, denies Jesus not once, but three times! What started out as one lie quickly compounded to a mess. Peter, feeling guilty, began to become angry. This anger turns to shame when he is found out. Do you, like Peter, ever lose your temper when you are under pressure? How do you deal with being found out when you have lied or tried to cover something up? How do you deal with recognising failure (or do you simply ignore it)? How can you improve in these areas? What can you learn from Peter?

DAY TWO MARK 15:1-20

In the end of this section we see Jesus being mocked. The guards are spitting on Him and ridiculing Him.  Our Saviour, the Creator of the world, was willing to be tried and humiliated (and ultimately put to death) for you. What does that make you think about? How does it make you feel? What are you willing to go through for Him? His willingness to be humbled for our sake should change the way we live today. What does that/should that look like in your life?

DAY THREE MARK 15:21-47

Take some time to really think about today’s reading. Too often we quickly pass through this part of Scripture because “we already know the story” or “we’ve read it many times before.” Try to find something new in this story… this is the story that offers you new life. It was on the cross that Jesus took the punishment for our sin upon Himself. Our job is to not go back to it. Often when we come to Christ, we give Him our sin, but soon realise we miss it. We begin to go back to our old ways. God makes it clear that this will never satisfy us. We need to cling to God and not turn back to our old ways. What are you tempted to go back to? What are you tempted to hold on to because it feels safe and comfortable? If you are unsure, take some time to pray Psalm 139:23-24, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” If/when you find something you need to give up (and leave on the cross), pray about all you have read today. Ask God to give you the strength to move forward, to accept the grace he has lavished on you and live in the mercy of His love.

DAY FOUR MARK 16:1-13

The gospel is not good news unless Jesus rises again. 1 Corinthians 15:14 says, “And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.” Three verses later in verse 17 Paul says, “And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.” Basically, what Paul is saying is if the resurrection isn’t real, then his preaching, as well as his faith, is a waste; it’s useless. Paul’s life was centred on his faith and preaching, and these both revolved around the resurrection. So, if Christ wasn’t raised from the dead, Paul’s life was purposeless. The question is… would yours be too? Think about it… If Christ didn’t rise from the dead, how much of your life would be wasted? Would it be a couple hours on Sunday morning? A few minutes before meals? 15 minutes in the morning? Whatever time you have spent related to Christ would be a waste if this were the case. How much of your time is that?  But, if Christ is alive, then all time spent without Him is a waste. Knowing He is alive, is your life like Paul’s, full of things that are Christ centred? Or is it full of things that are futile?

DAY FIVE MARK 16:14-20

Jesus comes and gives His final words to His disciples. What He calls them to do is go and make more disciples. ‘Teach others what I taught you’ is what He is saying. That’s the same thing He is calling us to… that He’s calling YOU to. How have you been encouraged as you’ve learned more about the character and life of Jesus and the disciples? How have you been challenged? Who can you come alongside and show what you have been learning as you have studied the book of Mark?

Breaking the Mould Reading plan and general series outline theme adapted from ‘Defiance: Challenging the norm’ Source: ministrymatters.com