June Bible Reading: Who is Jesus?: A Daily Reading Plan For The Gospel Of Mark

June 2:

Mark 1:9-13

Jesus is tempted in the wilderness and baptized by John the Baptist in the Jordan River.  He responds to temptation with the statement: “It is written…” which reminds us of the importance of reading and studying the Bible.

June 3:

Mark 2:13-17

Jesus spent time with people that religious leaders would not go near.  He showed us to love everyone, regardless of status or reputation.

June 4:

Mark 3:1-6

Jesus heals a man with a withered hand and tells everyone that people are more important than rules or holidays.

June 5:

Mark 4:35-41

Jesus challenged the disciples, and sets the example for us today, that a growing faith and dependence upon Christ is part of being a follower of Christ.

June 6:

Mark 5:35-43

Jesus heals the daughter of Jairus, a leader of the synagogue, and challenges us to not be ruled by fear but to believe and have faith in God.

June 7:

Mark 6:1-6

The most difficult place to live out our faith is often in the places where people know us the best.  Even Jesus ran into this in his hometown.

June 8:

Mark 7:1-23

Tradition and ritual are never more important than worship.  Religion should never get in our way of knowing, loving, and serving God.

June 9:

Mark 8:1-10

The crowds were eager to hear what Jesus had to say, but their passion for food and to be comfortable was even greater.  What are we willing to give up or sacrifice to follow Jesus?

June 10:

Mark 9:2-8

Jesus is transfigured or changed before Peter, James, and John.  A voice from heaven says that Jesus is God’s beloved son and that all should listen to him.

June 11:

Mark 10:17-31

The rich young ruler comes to Jesus seeking to inherit eternal life.  When Jesus explained the cost he went away discouraged.  God can help each of us to grow in the face of a challenging and difficult goal.

June 12:

Mark 11:12-14, 20-24, and 13:28-31

The fig tree is often used to represent Israel in the New Testament.  Jesus is saddened because the fig tree has not produced fruit.  Change is necessary on the outside, but much more on the inside.

June 13:

Mark 12:1-12

Jesus tells the parable of the wicked tenants as a way of preparing his followers for his coming death.  This parable culminates in the death of the son, or in a larger context-Jesus, God’s Son.

June 14:

Mark 13:32-37

Jesus instructs us of the need to watch and prepare because no one knows when the Son will return.  He challenges all of us to “Keep awake.”

June 15:

Mark 14:1-11

Everything has a cost.  What if the things we consider cheap God deems to have great value and the things we believe have great value God labels cheap.

June 16:

Mark 14:32-42

Jesus prays in the Garden of Gethsemane, while the disciples sleep, and his sweat becomes like drops of blood.  He asks that the cross might be avoided, but even more that he might accomplish God’s will.

June 17:

Mark 15: 21-32

Jesus is crucified for the sins of humanity and endures the taunts and laughter of a jeering crowd.

June 18:

Mark 15:33-41

Jesus dies and the curtain  in the temple is torn in two.  This curtain had separated people from God but now, through Jesus, everyone has access.

June 19:

Mark 15:42-47

Jesus is buried in the borrowed tomb of Joesph of Arimathea.  A stone is rolled into place to cover the entrance to the tomb.

June 20:

Mark 16: 1-8

Jesus rises from the dead on the first Easter Sunday.


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