Coming up next, we will spend 14 days in the gospel of Mark. This gospel was written by Mark, also called John Mark, to Gentile believers who were facing significant persecution in Rome. In the gospel of Mark, Jesus is presented as the suffering servant of God — a servant who suffered and died on the cross for all — not the highly exalted, rescuer from the Romans kind of King many were hoping for in a Messiah. No, Jesus suffered greatly and was a King who was the Servant of all. He is the perfect example for us of a life that suffers for the gospel and chooses to serve others rather than be served.
Our prayer time in Mark will cover many of Jesus’ exact words. What better words to pray over ourselves and others than Christ’s own words?
“If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”
“Whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it.”
“If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all.”
“Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be a slave to all.”
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” And “love your neighbor as yourself.”
What challenging words to live by! Do these verses characterize your life? As we enter this Christmas season, let’s reflect on Jesus’ life by praying His words and ultimately praying as He did, “Not my will, but Yours, [Father] be done.”
Join us for an exciting journey through the gospel of Mark, and invite someone to join you!