DAILY DEVOTIONS – TUESDAY MAY 4, 2021

DAILY DEVOTIONS – TUESDAY MAY 4, 2021

Mark 10:45 (NLT)   (Jesus speaking) “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” 

This verse captures well Jesus as a Servant and as the Redeemer of humanity (Phil 2:5-11).  Mark aims his gospel at non-Jewish readers and shows how Christ’s own people rejected Him, yet  “achieved ultimate victory through apparent defeat” (the defeat of the cross).  Mark wrote a  “gospel of action, moving rapidly from one scene to another.”*  The word eutheos (usually translated  “immediately”) occurs 42 times in Mark, “denoting continuous action”  and a narrative that moved at a rapid pace.  “The looks and gestures of Jesus receive unusual attention” while Mark placed little emphasis on Jewish law and customs since he was writing to a non-Jewish audience.  When you read through Mark, put yourself into the narrative.  It is written for you.

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