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ἠγέρθη

“Don’t be alarmed,” he told them. “You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen! (ἠγέρθη) He is not here. See the place where they put him. (Mark 16:6 CSB17) Mark uses one word in the Greek … Continue reading

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The Empty Tomb

Don’t be alarmed,” he told them. “You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they put him. (Mark 16:6 CSB17) One of the things that I try to ask … Continue reading

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Fierce Devotion

“When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so they could go and anoint Him. Very early in the morning, on the first day of the week, they went to the tomb … Continue reading

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Irony Everywhere

In his account of Jesus’ trial and crucifixion, Mark subtilely presents irony everywhere; he doesn’t point it out explicitly, he leaves it for us to discover.  Consider: The soldiers.  As was their custom, when the foot soldiers got ahold of … Continue reading

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Simon of Cyrene

After they had mocked him, they stripped him of the purple robe and put his clothes on him.   They led him out to crucify him. They forced a man coming in from the country, who was passing by, to … Continue reading

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Mark and Time

And they crucified him and divided his garments among them, casting lots for them, to decide what each should take. And it was the third hour when they crucified him…And when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over … Continue reading

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Mockery and Crucifixion

 The soldiers led him away into the palace (that is, the governor’s residence) and called the whole company together. They dressed him in a purple robe, twisted together a crown of thorns, and put it on him. And they began … Continue reading

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Innocence

And he [Pilate] answered them, saying, “Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?” For he perceived that it was out of envy that the chief priests had delivered him up. (Mark 15:9–10 ESV) Mark paints … Continue reading

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Hope

“And Jesus said to them, “You will all fall away, for it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.’ But after I am raised up, I will go before you to Galilee.”” (Mark 14:27–28 ESV) … Continue reading

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Betrayal

“And he came the third time and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? It is enough; the hour has come. The Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise, let us be … Continue reading

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