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Mark - The Cross and The Crown - Week 2

Jesus taught like no one the people had ever heard. Not just how he taught, but what he taught. Thid means that following him requires a new way of living.

Big Idea: Jesus brought a new Kingdom, claimed a new authority and demanded a new allegiance.

Text: Mark 1: 21-28, 2:18-3:6

21They went into Capernaum, and right away he entered the synagogue on the Sabbath and began to teach. 22They were astonished at his teaching because he was teaching them as one who had authority, and not like the scribes.

23Just then a man with an unclean spirit was in their synagogue. He cried out,  24“What do you have to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are — the Holy One of God!” 

25Jesus rebuked him saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” 26And the unclean spirit threw him into convulsions, shouted with a loud voice, and came out of him.

27They were all amazed, and so they began to ask each other, “What is this? A new teaching with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.”  28At once the news about him spread throughout the entire vicinity of Galilee.

Chapter 2

18Now John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting. People came and asked him, “Why do John’s disciples and the Pharisees’ disciples fast, but your disciples do not fast?”

19Jesus said to them, “The wedding guests cannot fast while the groom is with them, can they? As long as they have the groom with them, they cannot fast. 20But the time will come when the groom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast on that day. 21No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. Otherwise, the new patch pulls away from the old cloth, and a worse tear is made. 22And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and the wine is lost as well as the skins. No, new wine is put into fresh wineskins.”

23On the Sabbath he was going through the grainfields, and his disciples began to make their way, picking some heads of grain. 24The Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the Sabbath?”

25He said to them, “Have you never read what David and those who were with him did when he was in need and hungry —  26how he entered the house of God in the time of Abiathar the high priest and ate the bread of the Presence — which is not lawful for anyone to eat except the priests — and also gave some to his companions?” 27Then he told them, “The Sabbath was made for man and not man for the Sabbath. 28So then, the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.”

Chapter 3

1Jesus entered the synagogue again, and a man was there who had a shriveled hand. 2In order to accuse him, they were watching him closely to see whether he would heal him on the Sabbath. 3He told the man with the shriveled hand, “Stand before us.” 4Then he said to them, “Is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath or to do evil, to save life or to kill?”  But they were silent. 5After looking around at them with anger, he was grieved at the hardness of their hearts and told the man, “Stretch out your hand.” So he stretched it out, and his hand was restored. 6Immediately the Pharisees went out and started plotting with the Herodians against him, how they might kill him.

© 2017 Holman Bible Publishers

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Take Away: A new allegiance demands a new way of living.