Mark 16:4 God Makes A Way

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But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. Mark 16:4

Jesus had died and been buried. Mary and some other women had chosen to go to His tomb to anoint His body. As they were going, they wondered how they would get the stone moved from the entrance to the tomb. When they walked up to the tomb, they found the stone had already been removed.

It was the custom of Jewish people during the biblical times to anoint the body after death. This was to preserve and honor the body. At the time of His death, no one really expected to ever see Jesus again. He had died and was buried. No one had ever been raised from the dead once he was buried.

God had other plans, rather than let Jesus stay buried. He had provided a way for Jesus to rise again from the dead and to live for the rest of eternity. He conquered death.

There are times in life when a person has to face up to something that looks impossible. God may lead the person to do something that has a large stone or mountain in front of it.

Some people will give up when they see the large stone, knowing that they cannot move that stone. They may not even see the stone, because they know it is there and give up before it is even in front of them. Before Mary left her house, she knew the stone was there, yet she went anyway.

Before they ever headed to the tomb, God knew that they would need to see into the tomb. If the stone was in the way and they could not see in, how would they ever know Jesus had risen from the dead? God made a way that seemed impossible.

There may be a large stone in your path. You cannot see around it and it is too large for you to move it. You must trust God and go forward as He has directed you to move. Trust that when you get up to that stone, God will move it.

Some stones may be moved completely out of the way. Others may be split (as the Red Sea). Other times He may direct you around or over that stone.

In any way He chooses, trust God to make a way.

I pray today that you will know God’s direction for your life; that you will trust God with any stones in your way; that God will make a way for you; and that you will do God’s will at all times.

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Mark 15:12-13 Crucify Him

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“What shall I do, then, with the one you call the king of the Jews?” Pilate asked them. “Crucify him!” they shouted. Mark 15:12-13

Jesus had been taken into custody by the teachers of the law and was being tried. He was brought before Pilate to have Him judged. Pilate asked the people what the wanted to do with Jesus, and they replied that they wanted him crucified.

Extreme violence against someone is something that most people say they would never do. When someone goes on a mass killing spree, most people will demand that the person be caught and punished to fullest extent of the law.

It is very well documented in history that Jesus did exist and was a well-known teacher or prophet. It is also very well excepted that He was crucified on a cross. Very few people actually deny these things.

Looking at the scriptures, it shows that the people wrongfully judged and that the people were extremely violent against Him. Instead of just asking for jail time, the people wanted Jesus killed, in a violent manner.

Today many people say that they would never have yelled for Jesus to be crucified. They would not be willing to have Him killed, because they see Jesus as a good person. They also see themselves as a good person.

Most people are not violent physically and do not condone such behavior. Yet, every person is guilty of being violent towards Jesus. There is not a person on this earth that would not have called out the same words, “crucify Him!”

The reason this can be said, is that every person has sinned against God. No matter who you are or what you have done in your life, there has been times you have sinned against God.

Every time that you have sinned, you were also crying out, “crucify Him!”

Your sins and my sins are what put Jesus on that cross. Our sins is the reason why Jesus had to be crucified. You, along with everyone else is guilty of sin.

Jesus loved you enough to go to the cross for you. He paid the price for your sins, so that you can be forgiven.

Even though you have cried, “crucify Him,” you can be forgiven. Turn away from sin and towards Jesus and repent of your sins. Accept what He has done for you today.

I pray today that you will know why Jesus was crucified; that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you repent of any sins against God; and that you will tell others about Jesus.

Mark 14:36 Not My Will

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“Abba, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.” Mark 14:36

After predicting His death, Jesus took some of the disciples and went to a place to pray alone. He was in great sorrow knowing what was about to happen. Jesus knew that with God anything was possible, so He asked if it would be possible to change what He had to do. However, He finished His prayer with saying it was up to God to do what He wanted to do.

In the workplace there should always be one person who is the head boss at all times. This is the person who has the final say in what happens in the workplace. All the workers under that person are supposed to follow all of his orders.

Many times some of the other workers do not like what the boss or manager says and try to do their own thing, without permission. When this happens, often there is chaos or mistakes are made. Managers will often give a few warnings and then fire a person from the job, who does not want to follow the commands.

People often put God in a box and do not allow Him to be in complete control. They will look at a few verses in the Bible and then demand that God must do something a certain way. They think that they know what is best for their lives and that God must work that way. If He doesn’t work that way, they get upset.

God always sees the bigger picture. He knows what is best for you and for everyone else in this world, all at the same time. As a human being, you only see the here and now. Your vision is very limited. What you ask for may look good for you and others involved, but God may see something that shows it is not the best.

If God would have chosen to remove the crucifixion from Jesus, then there would be no salvation available for you or anyone else today. God chose that path with you in mind and knew it was the best way for Jesus to love everyone in this world.

As you pray today, ask God to do what He thinks is best–His will. Do not force Him to do your will.

I pray today that you will know what God’s will is; that you will allow God to do what He desires; that you will trust God’s will for your life; and that you will not fear what God brings in your path.

 

Mark 14:27-28 Hope After Failure

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“You will all fall away,” Jesus told them, “for it is written: ” ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.’ But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.” Mark 14:27-28

Jesus had just predicted His death again, and also predicted that the disciples would abandon Him for a time. He does also say that He will meet with them again after He has risen.

Failure is something that everyone experiences at some point in their life. Each person has a different amount of failures and types of failures. Some keep trying many times and go through many failures. Many quit after a failure, giving up all hope of succeeding. Or they change what they are trying to accomplish.

Thomas Edison is known for saying that with each “failure” it was not a failure but a success. He then knew one more way not to do something.

God knows that every person is human and will make bad choices. They will fail at times in following Him with all of their heart and life. Jesus knew this about each of the disciples. They would deny Him and walk away in fear.

However, Jesus was still willing to accept them and work with and through them. Despite the failure, He planned to meet with them afterwards and move on, rather than giving up on them.

A lot of people have made mistakes and failed God, then quit trying to serve Him because they are such failures. They lose hope in being able to be saved by Jesus.

Salvation is not dependent upon how you live your life, it is dependent upon your belief that Jesus saved you and will save you. Take a look at the lives of the disciples and see how often they failed Jesus, and yet He still loved them and worked through them. He met with them afterwards and did not scold them for failing Him.

Do not cut yourself down when you fail God. Go to Him and repent and accept the forgiveness Jesus provides. Jesus is waiting for you. He is going ahead of you to meet with you when you are ready to meet with Him in your Galilee.

There is still hope after failure. It is not the end, until you take your last breath in this life. Believe in the hope Jesus provides you.

I pray today that you will know the hope Jesus provides; that you will know the forgiveness Jesus provides; that you will keep striving to serve God; and that you will trust in God with all of your life.

Mark 13:33 Be Alert

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Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come. Mark 13:33

Jesus had just told the disciples of things yet to come, times of disaster and change. After all these things happen is when Jesus would return. No one knows when He will return, but only that it will happen. He now warns them to stay alert for His return.

Waiting for something to happen can be very frustrating for a lot of people. They know that something is going to happen, but they just do not know when it will happen.

Some of these things can be good things. Such as knowing when a certain check will come in the mail. Or when a baby will be born. Or when a person will ask the question of proposal for marriage. People look forward to these things with a lot of anticipation and excitement.

Other things can be coming that people do not look forward to happening. Things such as a death of a loved one. Or the bill that will come in the mail. Or a bad storm that is coming through, that could cause a lot of damage.

Things that people look forward to, keep their eyes open and they stay alert for the event to happen. The greater the event, the more alert they will remain, because they do not want to miss it. How many people will camp out at a store waiting for some hot new item to go on sale the next morning?

Those who don’t know Jesus will not look forward to His return at all.

The greatest event to happen is the return of Jesus. Those who have chosen to follow Him, have nothing greater to look forward too. It will be the greatest event in all of their life.

As a believer, you must be looking forward to His return. You must be ready for His return. This means that you are living for Him and following Him with all of your life right now.

Do not allow yourself to go to sleep and stop watching and living for Him. Do not allow yourself to go back into this world and live like the world, not caring about Jesus. If you do, you may miss out on the greatest event in all of your life for all eternity.

Remain alert, living for Jesus and waiting for Him.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be watching for His return; that you will be living for Jesus with your whole life; and that you will tell others of Jesus. 

Mark 13:2 Every Thing Is Temporary

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“Do you see all these great buildings?” replied Jesus. “Not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.” Mark 13:2

The disciples and Jesus were walking through town one day. The disciples started talking about the great buildings that they were seeing. Jesus points out that every one of those buildings would be destroyed at some point in the future.

Men have taken time and money to build some very beautiful and magnificent buildings over the years. Some are impressive with their height. Others by how they are designed.

Not only has men made these buildings they have built other things that are very impressive. Sculptures, vehicles, boats, planes, and many other things that are unique and magnificent to see.

No matter how magnificent these buildings and things are, they are all temporary. Some of these buildings are still standing after a thousand years or more, but eventually they will crumble.

The Titanic was a very impressive ship, but was sunk very quickly. The Twin Towers in New York were very impressive large buildings, but were taken down in one day with the crashing of a plane.

People need to realize that all the things of this world are all temporary. The physical things will not last forever. They were out and break down. Or they can be destroyed by someone.

Think about all the stuff that you have owned over the years, the clothes, the shoes, the cars, and other things. How many of those things do you still own ten years later? How many different pairs of clothing have you had to throw out or get rid of because they wore out and can no longer be worn?

People often put their trust in the things they can see, feel and touch, but all those things are temporary. The only thing that is temporary is the soul and God with His Word.

As a believer you should be focusing on the things that are eternal and of eternal value. The two things that are of eternal value is your own soul and the souls of other people. You, along with every other person on this planet need to know Jesus as their Savior. And these are not physical things that you can see and touch, they are spiritual things.

What are you focused on today? The temporary physical? Or the spiritual eternal?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will tell others of Jesus; that you will not be caught up in the temporary; and that you will focus on God and the eternal. 

Mark 12:33 Love: The Most Important Thing

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“To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.” Mark 12:33

A teacher of the law came up to Jesus to ask Him what the most important law was. After Jesus answered him, the man agreed that loving God and all neighbors were the more important than any sacrifice that can be made.

People always want to know what they can and cannot do. They want to know the boundaries. Most want to know, so that they can know how close they can get to the edge without being in trouble. It is commonly thought that only children are great at getting close to the edge of trouble without stepping into it, but adults do it all the time.

Instead of focusing on a bunch of rules, Jesus summed up all the commands of God into two rules: love God, and love others. It is that simple–to love everyone.

Now comes the question: what does it mean to love?

The first place to answer that is found in 1 Corinthians 13:1-13.

Love means that you will do whatever it takes to not hurt the other person.

Love means you will serve the other person as much as possible.

Love means you will obey God in whatever He tells you to do.

Love means you trust God in whatever He says or does or does not say or do.

Love means you will be full of grace and mercy towards others.

Love means you will do whatever it takes to help others be the best they can be in Christ Jesus.

Love means you will spread the gospel message to everyone you meet.

Love means you will not dishonor God or anyone else in any way.

Love means you will build others up and not tear them down.

Love means you will turn away from all sin.

Love means you will have a full relationship with God and with others.

Love means you will listen to God and others.

How each person shows each of these means of showing love will be different, but God can reveal to you how that is to happen.

Fill your heart with God and you will fill it with love. When your heart is filled with His love, it will be easy to show that love to God and others.

I pray today that you will know God’s love for you; that you will be filled with His love; that you will show God’s love to everyone you meet; and that you will be the light of Jesus to this world.