The Christian Approach to Easter — Mark 16:1-8

Driving through Ellicott City Friday morning, I saw a small group of religious pilgrims following behind a man bearing a wooden cross who was leading them along Main Street.  This was the way they had chosen to mark the historic remembrance of Christ’s Crucifixion.  As I drove by I had no way to tell whether these were genuine believers or simply people caught up in the rites and symbols of...
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The Burial of Jesus — Overlooked but Very Significant — Mark 15:42-47

Everybody knows the attention given to the first born … and of course the baby of the family remains significant forever … it is the child or two in the middle that can sometimes be lost in the shuffle.  That’s how it is with significant events as well.  1 Cor. 15 makes it plain that the crucifixion, the burial and the resurrection are all key components of the gospel message.  Yet how much...
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The Crucifixion — Part 2 — Mark 15:33-41

THE VOLUNTARY SUBMISSION OF JESUS TO THE HUMILIATION AND AGONY OF THE UNJUST CRUCIFIXION IN FULFILLMENT OF OT PROPHECY TESTIFIES TO HIS DEITY AND MISSION OF REDEMPTION IV.  (:33-37) THE SUFFERING OF THE CRUCIFIXION A.  (:33) Suffering Associated with the Darkness of Divine Judgment “And when the sixth hour had come, darkness fell over the whole land until the ninth        hour.” Not caused by...
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The Crucifixion — Part 1 — Mark 15:22-32

We have arrived at the climactic point in Mark’s gospel where Jesus is now fulfilling His ultimate mission of Redemption. Mark 10:45 “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” Mark 2:20  “But the days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast in that day.” Mark 8:31 Mark 9:12  “And yet how is it...
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The Via Dolorosa — Mark 15:16-21

The Roman Catholic approach to the season of Lent has always mystified me.  Here you have religious people making their own free choice regarding what comfort or enjoyment or food they are willing to give up to identify with the suffering of Jesus Christ on their behalf.  Lent is defined as a solemn religious observance in the Christian liturgical calendar that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends...
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