Every Day – Following Jesus – Daily Devotions

Everyday, Following Jesus…What’s Next

And like that we have come to the end of our daily devotions looking at the Gospel of Mark.  We are not going to be releasing any more daily devotions for the time being but there is a multitude of fantastic resources available online. Some that you might like to check out are; Ekteino Ekteino is a four week discipleship challenge from Global Interaction.  A brilliant online resource that will explore God’s call on your life.  Find out more information…

Every Day, Following Jesus – Day 42 (Tuesday, May 26)

Read Mark 16:9-20 His task completed, Jesus passes the mantle onto the disciples with the command to go into the world to proclaim the good news of salvation to all of creation.  Having completed this task, Jesus ascends to heaven to sit at the right hand of God. The disciples are faithful, as commanded they go out everywhere to proclaim the good news.  God also is faithful to his promises, Mark records that the Lord worked with them and confirmed…

Every Day, Following Jesus – Day 41 (Monday, May 25)

Read Mark 16:1-8 (Yeah, I know we read it last week, but let’s read it again!). Jesus is not dead…the three women heard it but did not process it…he had been raised…what does this mean?…how do you react?…with fear – yeah with terror… with surprise and excitement – yeah amazement…this changes everything…He was not dead – he was dead but now He is not!  The man they were mourning was not to be mourned – we don’t mourn those who…

Every Day, Following Jesus – Day 40 (Friday, May 22)

Read Mark 16:1-8 When the disciples abandoned Jesus, three women remained.  When Jesus died on the cross Mark 15:40 tells us three women stood witness.  These same three are again mentioned in Mark 15:47 as Jesus was laid to rest by Joseph of Arimathea.  And now three days later these three women gather to do something they have wanted to do for three days.  Early on this Sunday morning these three set off to anoint Jesus’ body with spices. What…

Every Day, Following Jesus – Day 39 (Thursday, May 21)

Read Mark 15:21-32 So the story continues – the man who had taught thousands, healed many, restored so many to wholeness and showed so much love to all who he encountered, begins his journey to the place where he would die. Burdened upon his back is the timber that he would hang from in his final hours.  This man who had relieved so many of their burdens, whether it be rejection, illness or sin – is burdened with the very…

Every Day, Following Jesus – Day 38 (Wednesday, May 20)

Read Mark 15:16-20 One of the aspects of Jesus’ last day that gets to me every time I read these chapters, even after reading it hundreds of times, is the humiliation that Jesus is subjected to.  The man who brought dignity and wholeness to so many people is now subjected to humiliation and beatings. Jesus is paraded out in front of the whole company of soldiers stationed at the governor’s palace and in the courtyard of the palace he is…

Every Day, Following Jesus – Day 37 (Tuesday, May 19)

Read Mark 15:1-15 The chief priests have an issue – they want Jesus dealt with in the most extreme sense, they want him dead.  However, they are also aware of their lack of power.  Gone are the days when the Jewish people were able to govern themselves.  Now they are under the power of the Roman Empire and whilst they had some power over the day-to-day laws and practices of Jewish culture, their real power came from Rome.  The Chief…

Every Day, Following Jesus – Day 36 (Monday, May 18)

Read Mark 14:53-65 Jesus is immediately taken to the High Priest.  There is no mucking around, there is no placing Jesus in a holding cell and waiting till the next day.  The religious leaders knew that this needed to be dealt with in the silence of the night.  So in the darkness of night, Jesus is led to the High Priest.  Whilst there is no record of the other disciples, we hear that Peter continues to follow Jesus, although from…

Every Day, Following Jesus – Day 35 (Friday, May 15)

Read Mark 14:43-52 Jesus had just finished telling Peter, James and John to wake up and that the time for his arrest had come when Judas enters the garden.  Judas is surrounded by men sent from the chief priests.  Jesus and the three disciples with him are heavily outnumbered by a crowd with clubs and swords. I often wonder what Peter, James and Johns’ reaction was to seeing Judas head up this crowd.  Were they surprised or had they already…

Every Day, Following Jesus – Day 34 (Thursday, May 14)

Read Mark 14:32-42 Jesus takes Peter, James and John to the garden of Gethsemane.  Jesus asks them to remain awake while he prays.  By now Jesus was agitated, “I am so sad that I feel like I am dying” he tells these disciples, “just stay here and stay awake” he asks. Jesus then goes a little further into the garden by himself and throws himself on the ground.  Pleading out to God, Jesus cries “Father if there is any other…