Resources from Mark

Preach, Preach, Preach Everywhere

BEFORE our Lord gave his disciples this commission, he addressed them in tones of serious rebuke. You will observe that, appearing unto the eleven as they sat at meat, “he upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart because, they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen” So honourable an estimation did he set upon testimony; so marked a censure did he pronounce upon those...

Mark 16:15-16

The Miracle of the Loaves

Let us with deep attention consider the miracle of the loaves, lest we fall into the same evil as that which happened to the disciples in the text. When they saw Jesus walking on the sea “they were sore amazed in themselves and wondered: for they considered not the miracle of the loaves, for their heart was hardened.” Hard hearts and painful unbeliefs spring up in the waste places where...

Mark 6:52

The New Fashion

IT is very natural that there should be many surprising things in the gospel, for it is beyond measure remarkable that there should be a gospel at all. As soon as I begin thinking of it I exclaim with Bunyan, “O world of wonders, I can say no less”; and I invite you all to join with the multitude in saying with the text, “We never saw it on this...

Mark 2:12

John and Herod

JOHN sought no honour among men. It was his delight to say concerning our Lord Jesus, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” Yet, though John sought no honour of men, he had honour; for it is written, “Herod feared John.” Herod was a great monarch, John was but a poor preacher whose garment and diet were of the coarsest kind; but “Herod feared John.” John was more royal than...

Mark 6:20

The Moral of a Miracle

Mar 26 THIS exhortation stands in connection with the miracle of the withering of the fig tree that was clad with leaves but bare no fruit. The peculiarity of the parable calls for a few words of explanation before we proceed to enforce the moral appended to it. To many readers it seems strange and inconsistent that, as it was not the time of figs, our Lord should have expected to find...

Mark 9:22

“Jesus only.” — A Communion Meditation.

Aug 6 THIS was the last sight the disciples had upon the mountain, and it seems to me to have been the best. They saw “Jesus only.” Jesus was often with his people; he was usually with his disciples; but they did not often notice him as “Jesus only.” They probably did so, in this case, because he had been accompanied by two great and notable personages, who, on a sudden, withdrew...

Mark 9:8

The Determination of Christ to Suffer for His People

Dec 15 OUR Saviour, before he was nailed to the cross, and on the cross, several times had drinks of different sorts offered to him. Whilst they were nailing him to the cross, they endeavoured to make him drink wine, or vinegar as it is called, mingled with gall; and when he had tasted of it, — he did taste it,— he would not drink it When he was on the cross,...

Mark 15:23

If Thou Canst.” “If Thou Canst

Oct 4 WE are all familiar with the story of this youth, who was possessed by a dumb spirit, which caused him to fall into violent fits of epilepsy, and wrought worse evils, casting him, at times, into the waters, and into the fire, to destroy him. The father intended to bring his child to Jesus, of whom he had heard so much; but our Lord being absent, he made his application...

Mark 9:22, 23

Christ’s Curate in Decapolis

Apr 27 THAT is a striking name for a man, “he that had been possessed with the devil.” It would stick to him as long as he lived, and it would be a standing sermon wherever he went. He would be asked to tell the story of what he used to be, and how the change came about. What a story for any man to tell! It would not be possible for...

Mark 5:17-19

Baptism Essential to Obedience

Oct 13 IF our congregations were what they ought to be, it would be a very simple matter to preach, for a sermon would then only need to be like the orders given by a commanding officer to his troops, short, sharp, plain, clear, distinct. Our hearers would not want illustrations and metaphors; they would ask simply to be told what they must do to be saved; and the more plainly they...

Mark 16:16