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While some scholars believe that the Gospel of Matthew was the first gospel to be written about Jesus, most scholars believe the Gospel of Mark was first.

The Gospel of Mark was written between 50 and 70 AD (i.e. roughly 20 to 40 years after Jesus died). Earliest tradition says that Mark got his information from the sermons of Peter, one of Jesus' disciples.

Mark does not record anything about Jesus' birth or early life but instead focuses solely on his ministry begining with his baptism by John.

The translation used for this summary, and all the direct quotations, come from Net Bible, an excellent online translation of the Bible.

In the column to the right is the story of the man whom many Christians love more than life itself.

A short summary of

The Gospel according to Mark

In the wilderness, John the baptizer was preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins and people were coming from Jerusalem and the Judean countryside to hear him and be baptized. John said that someone more powerful than he would come who would baptize them with the Holy Spirit.

“In those days, Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan River.” As Jesus was coming up out of the water he saw the Spirit descending on him like a dove and heard a voice from heaven saying, “You are my dear Son.” The Spirit drove him into the wilderness where he was tempted by Satan for forty days.

“After John was imprisoned, Jesus went into Galilee and proclaimed the gospel of God” saying, “The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the gospel.”

As he walked along the Sea of Galilee he saw Simon and Andrew who were fisherman and called them to follow him. Walking a little farther he called James and John to be his disciples also.

They went to Capernaum where Jesus taught in the synagogue on the Sabbath day and the people were amazed at his authoritative teaching. Suddenly a demon-possessed man cried out asking if Jesus had come to “to destroy us.” Jesus demanded that the demons come out of the man. The man went into convulsions, and the demons cam out. The people were amazed and then news spread quickly.

After leaving the synagogue, Jesus and his disciples went to the home of Simon and Andrew where Jesus healed Simon’s mother-in-law from a fever. By the time evening had come, the whole town was at the door brining their sick and demon-possessed for healing and Jesus healed them.

Early in the morning while it was still dark, Jesus went out to a deserted place for prayer. “Simon and his companions searched for him” saying “Everyone is looking for you.” Instead of going back into town, Jesus went all over Galilee “preaching in the synagogues and casting out demons.”

Now a leper came to Jesus asking to be healed. Being moved with compassion, Jesus healed him and told him to go to a priest, bringing an offering for cleansing as Moses commanded. Although Jesus told the man to keep quite about his healing, the man began to spread the story so much that Jesus could no longer even go into the towns because of the crowds but stayed out in remote places. Even then, the people kept coming out to find him.

Mark 2

When Jesus returned to Capernaum and people heard he was home, a large crowd formed. He began to preach the word of God to them. Meanwhile, four men were carrying a paralyzed man to be healed by Jesus, but when they couldn’t get to Jesus because of the crowd, they tore out the roof above Jesus and lowered the paralyzed man on the stretcher. “When Jesus saw their faith” he told the paralyzed may, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” 

Some experts in religious became quite upset thinking that Jesus was blaspheming, since only God could forgive sins. Jesus told them that he wanted them to know that he had authority on earth to forgive sins…and the paralyzed man stood up and walked out in front of everyone. The people were amazed saying they’d never seen anything like that before!

As Jesus was walking by the Sea another crowd gathered and he taught them. As he walked along he saw Levi at his tax booth. Jesus told Levi to follow him and Levi did. Later when Jesus had a meal with tax collectors and sinners in Levi’s home, the experts in Jewish law and Pharisees complained about Jesus eating with such sinners. Jesus told them “Those who are healthy don’t need a physician, but those who are sick do. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

One Sabbath day, Jesus was walking through the grain fields when his disciples began to pick some heads of wheat to eat. Some Pharisees complained that this constituted “working” on the Sabbath.” Jesus claimed to be lord even over the Sabbath day!

Mark 3

Jesus entered the synagogue on the Sabbath where there happened to be a man with a withered hand. With the religious leaders watching to see what Jesus would do, Jesus asked the people, “Is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath, or to do evil, to save a life or destroy it?” When they didn’t answer, Jesus got angry at their hard hearts. He told the man to stretch out his hand and Jesus healed him. The Pharisees and Herodians were upset at this and began plotting his assassination.

Jesus left there and went down to the sea with his disciples. A great multitude followed him so he told his disciples to have a small boat ready for him when the crowds started to press in. Many people who had diseases "pressed toward him in order to touch him.” When unclean spirits saw him they cried out “You are the Son of God” but he ordered them not to tell anyone who he was.

Jesus went up on a mountain and called for some of his followers to come along. He appointed twelve of them, called them apostles, and gave them authority to do exorcisms.

When Jesus went back home a crowd gathered making it hard for them to even eat. For some reason his family went out to restrain Jesus saying, “He is out of his mind.” Experts in Jewish law who had come from Jerusalem said Jesus was possessed by “Beelzebul” and said that Jesus cast out demons by the ruler of demons. Jesus warned them sternly the blasphemy of against the Holy Spirit was an eternal sin.

On another occasion a crowd was so great that his mother and brothers were unable to get to him. When someone told him that his mother and brothers were outside, Jesus told the crowd that those who do the will of God were his mother and brothers.

Mark 4

While teaching by the lake, there was such a large crowd that Jesus taught off-shore from a boat.  He taught the people in parables. Listen, he said, Someone was sowing seed. Some of it fell on the path and was eaten by birds. Others took shallow root in rocky ground but soon died out in the heat. Other seed grew among thorns and was choked out. But some fell on good soil and produced thirty to a hundred-fold.

When Jesus was alone with his disciples he told them he was talking about the Kingdom of God. The sower is the one who sows the word of God. The seed on the path are those who hear the word of God, but Satan takes it away. Those on rocky ground receive the word with joy, but have no root and fall away because of trouble or persecution. Those among thorns produce nothing because of the seductiveness of wealth and desire for other things. The ones on good ground are those who bear fruit, as much as a hundred-fold.

He also told them that a lamp shouldn’t be put under a basket or a bed, but on a lampstand where everyone can see it.  He spoke to the crowds with many parables like these but privately he explained them to his disciples.

When evening came Jesus and his disciples got in a boat to go across the lake. A huge wind storm came up and the waves were nearly swamping the boat. Jesus was sleeping on a cushion in the stern when his disciples came to him saying, “Teacher, don’t you care that we are about to die?” Jesus got up and ordered the wind be quiet and calm down. And the wind stopped. The disciples looked at each other in amazement saying, “Who is this that even the wind and sea obey him!”

Mark 5

As Jesus was getting out of the boat in the region of the Gerasenes, a demon possessed man came to him. This man was so strong no one had been able to subdue or even bind him. He spent night and day among the tombs and in the mountains crying out and cutting himself with stones. He ran to Jesus, bowed before him and cried out, “Leave me alone, Jesus, Son of the Most High God! I implore you by God, do not torment me!” He said this because Jesus had told the demons to come out of the man. They begged Jesus to let them enter the nearby pigs and Jesus allowed it. The pigs ran down the steep slope and drowned in the lake.

The herdsman ran off and spread the news and people came to see what had happened. They found the formerly demon possessed man “sitting there, clothed and in his right mind.” When the people asked Jesus to leave their region, the man asked if he could go with Jesus but Jesus told him to go home and tell what great things the Lord had done for him.

When Jesus again crossed to the other side of the sea, a large crowd gathered around him. One of the synagogue rulers named Jarius fell at Jesus’ feet and begged him to heal his little daughter who was near death. Jesus went with him, followed by a large crowd.

As they were going, they came across a woman who “had been suffering from a hemorrhage for twelve years.” Many doctors had been unable to help her so she came up behind Jesus and touched his cloak, hoping to be healed. Her bleeding stopped immediately and she was healed.

Jesus, feeling that power had gone out of him, turned and asked who touched him. His disciples said, the crowd is pressing in on you, what do you mean, “Who touched me?” The woman, however, fell before him and told him what she had done. Jesus said, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”

“While Jesus was still speaking, people came from the synagogue ruler’s house with news that his daughter had died. Jesus told the synagogue ruler to just believe. When they got to the house, he only allowed Peter, James and John to go in with him. The house was filled with weeping and wailing. Jesus said, “The child is not dead but asleep.” When they mocked him he put them outside. He took his disciples and the girl’s father and mother in to the room where the child was. Jesus took the child by the hand and told her to get up. The twelve year old girl got up and began to walk around. Jesus told them to feed her and they were all astonished at what had happened.

Mark 6

Jesus then went with his disciples to his hometown of Nazareth and taught in the synagogue there. The people were astonished at his teaching but became offended saying, “Isn’t this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? And aren’t his sisters here with us?” Jesus was amazed at their unbelief and was unable to do many miracles there except to lay hands on a few sick people and heal them. He went from there and taught in other villages.

Jesus was becoming so well known that even King Herod heard of him. Some people said he was Elijah or one of the other ancient prophets but Herod thought he was John the baptizer, whom he had beheaded. John had criticized Herod for taking his brother Philip’s wife, so Herod had John bound in prison. Still, he liked to listen to John.

On his birthday, Herod gave a banquet for the leaders of Galilee. When his daughter, Herodias pleased them with her dancing, Herod promised to grant her anything she wished. After consulting with her mother, she asked for John’s head on a platter. Herod did not want to loose face so he granted the wish.

After John’s death, Jesus took his disciples to get away alone to an isolated place for rest. Unfortunately, many recognized him and followed him from the towns. As Jesus came ashore there was already a large crowd there. Jesus had compassion on them and taught them.

When it was late, Jesus disciples suggested that he send the crowd away so they could find food. Jesus told his disciples to feed the crowd.  They responded, “Should we go and buy bread for two hundred silver coins and give it to them to eat?”

The only food they had was five loaves of bread and two fish. Jesus told the crowd to sit in groups on the grass. He then took the loaves and fish and gave thanks to God, and gave the food to his disciples. In the end, they all ate and was satisfied, and they had twelve baskets left over! There were five thousand men there.

Jesus then sent his disciples to the other side of the sea while he dispersed the crowd and went up the mountain to pray. When evening came the disciples were straining at the oars in the high wind. As night was ending, Jesus “came to them walking on the sea! When they saw him they were terrified but he calmed their fears and got into the boat and the wind ceased. They were astonished.

Mark 7

Now some Pharisees and experts in Jewish law had come from Jerusalem and complained that Jesus’ disciples were not following the tradition of the elders with regard to ceremonial cleansing. Jesus called them hypocrites, quoting from the book of Isaiah, “This people honors me with their lips by their heart is far from me.” He told them that they placed their traditions above the commands of Moses by dishonoring their father and mother. Then Jesus told the crowd that “There is nothing outside of a person that can defile him by going into him. Rather, it is what comes out of a person that defiles him.”

When Jesus got alone in the house with his disciples they asked him about this. Jesus told them that what they eat does not enter the heart but the stomach and “goes out into the sewer” (declaring all foods to be clean). Jesus said

“What comes out of a person defiles him. For from within, out of the human heart, come evil ideas, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, evil, deceit, debauchery, envy, slander, pride, and folly. All these evils come from within and defile a person.”

Jesus then went to the region of Tyre, not wanting anyone to know, but even there he was unable to escape notice. A Greek woman whose daughter was demon-possessed asked for help. Jesus said the children of Israel should be satisfied first because it wasn’t right to take the children’s bread and throw it to dogs. She said that “even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” Jesus said that because of her saying, she could go and would find her daughter healed. She found it to be true.

Jesus went out from the region of Tyre and Sidon, to the Decapolis region by the Sea of Galilee. The people there brought to him a man would who couldn’t hear and had trouble speaking. Taking him aside privately, Jesus put his fingers in the man’s ears and after spitting, touched the man’s tongue. Then, looking up to heaven, Jesus said, Ephphatha” (“Be opened”). Immediately, the man was healed. Jesus told him not to spread this around but the man proclaimed it all the more and the people were astounded at Jesus’ works.

Mark 8

When they came to Bethsaida, the people brought a blind man to Jesus. Jesus brought the blind man outside the village, spit on his eyes and placed his hands on the blind man’s eyes and then asked, “Do you see anything?” The man said he saw people but they looked like walking trees. Jesus placed his hands on the man’s eyes again and his sight was restored completely.

On the way to the villages of Caesarea Philippi, Jesus asked his disciples “Who do people say that I am?” They replied, “John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and still others, one of the prophets.” Jesus asked them who they say he is. Peter answered, “You are the Christ.” Jesus warned them not to spread this around.

Then Jesus taught them that he would be rejected by the religious leaders and would be killed, but would rise again after three days. Peter took him aside and rebuked him but Jesus said, “Get behind me, Satan. You are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but on man’s.”

Mark 9

Jesus called the crowd and his disciples and told them, “If anyone wants to become my follower, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and for the gospel will save it. For what benefit is it for a person to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his life? Jesus said that if anyone was ashamed of him, Jesus would be ashamed of them when he came “in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”

Jesus then said that some of them standing there would not die before they experienced the power of the kingdom of God. Six days later Jesus took Peter, James and John up on a high mountain where Jesus was “transfigured” before them. His clothes became radiantly white and Elijah and Moses appeared, talking with Jesus. A cloud overshadowed them and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my one dear Son. Listen to him!”

Suddenly, Jesus and his disciples were alone again. As they came down the mountain Jesus told them not to tell anyone until after he had risen from the dead. They didn’t understand Jesus’ talk about rising from the dead.

When they came down the mountain they found the other disciples arguing with experts in religious law. A man in the crowd told Jesus that a demon caused his son to be mute and threw his son of the ground or into fire and water, causing the boy to foam at the mouth and become rigid. Jesus seemed frustrated that his disciples had been unable to heal the boy and criticized them for their unbelief.

The boy’s father asked Jesus to have compassion on him, if he was able. Jesus repeated, “If you are able?” and said all things were possible for those who believe. The boy’s father cried out, “I believe; help my unbelief!” Jesus demanded that the unclean spirit leave the boy and never enter him again. It shrieked and threw the boy into terrible convulsions and came out. The boy looked dead but Jesus took him by the hand and he stood up. When his disciples later asked why they couldn’t cast it out, Jesus said, “This kind can come out only by prayer.”

Jesus again began to tell his disciples that he would be betrayed and killed, but would rise again after three days, but they just didn’t get it and were afraid to ask.

As they entered the house in Capernaum Jesus asked what they were discussing on the way. They were silent because they had been arguing about who was the greatest. Jesus told them, “If anyone wants to be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.”  

Jesus then took a child into his arms and said that whoever welcomed one of these children in his name welcomes him also, and whoever welcomed him welcomed the One who sent him.” Jesus said that “If anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a huge millstone tied around his neck and to be thrown into the sea.”

Jesus taught that if your hand or foot caused you to sin, you should cut it off because it was better to live now as disabled than to have two hands and feet in hell where the fire is never quenched.

Mark 10

Then Jesus went “to the region of Judea and beyond the Jordan River.” Some Pharisees tried to test him asking if it was lawful for a man to divorce his wife. When they said Moses permitted divorce, Jesus quoted the Scripture saying that God made them male and female and “For this reason a many will leave his father and mother and the two will become one flesh.” Jesus said, “What God has joined together, let no one separate.” Jesus later told his disciples that whoever divorces his wife to marry another commits adultery against her, and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.

Now the disciples scolded some people who brought little children for Jesus to bless. Jesus was indignant and said to his disciples, “Let the little children come to me and do not try to stop them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.”  Jesus said that whoever did not receive the kingdom of God like a child would never enter it. Then he took the children in his arms and blessed them.

“Now as Jesus was starting out on his way, someone ran up to him, fell on his knees, and said, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone." Jesus then recited the Ten Commandments to him. The man said he had obeyed all of them from his youth. Jesus felt love for him and said, “You lack one thing. Go, sell whatever you have and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” The man went away sorrowful because he was very rich.

Jesus told his disciples “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” They were astonished and asked who could be saved. Jesus said it was impossible for humans but that “all things are possible for God.”

Peter said, “Look, we have left everything to follow you!” Jesus said those who have left everything for him would receive a hundred times as much, all with persecution, but they would gain eternal life in the age to come.

Then James and John asked Jesus to do something for them. “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked. They said, “Permit one of us to sit at your right hand and the other at your left in your glory.” Jesus told them they didn’t know what they were asking. He asked if they were able to drink the cup that he would drink. They said yes and Jesus said they would indeed drink from that cup, but to sit at his right hand was not his to give.

“When the other ten disciples heard this they became angry with James and John.” Jesus called them all over and said that in the Gentile world rulers and those in high positions lord it over the others. But, Jesus said, that is not how it should be among his followers. Jesus said, “Whoever wants to be great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of all.” Jesus told them that he did not come to be served, but to serve and give his life as a ransom for many.

As Jesus, his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho a blind begger named Bartimaeus, was sitting by the road. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he yelled out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” People told him to be quiet but he cried out even more. Jesus asked what he wanted and the man replied, “Rabbi, let me see again.” Jesus said, “Go, your faith has healed you.” The man immediately regained his sight and followed Jesus on the road.

Mark 11

“Now as they approached Jerusalem” Jesus sent two of his disciples to go to the village ahead and get a colt. He said, if anyone asks about it, say “The Lord needs it and will bring it back here soon.” When they brought the colt to Jesus, he got on.  As he rode it into Jerusalem people spread their cloaks and branches on the road shouting “Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Jesus entered Jerusalem, looked around in the temple and, since it was late, went back out to Bethany with his disciples.

When Jesus went back to Jerusalem he went to the temple and overturned the tables of the money changers and of those selling doves and he drove out those who were buying and selling in the temple. He quoted the Scripture which says, “My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have turned it into a den of robbers!”

The chief priests and experts in Jewish law “considered how they could assassinate him.” Jesus and his disciples left the city again that evening.

Mark 12

Jesus taught in parables. He told this story. Before going on a journey, a man planted a vineyard and leased it to tenant farmers. At harvest time, he sent a slave to collect his part of the crop, but the tenants beat the slave and sent him back empty-handed. So he sent another slave but they struck him on the head and treated him outrageously. He sent yet another but they killed him. Many others were beaten or killed.

Finally, he sent his own son to them, thinking they would respect his son. But the tenants killed his son and threw the body out of the vineyard. Jesus asked the people what the owner of the vineyard would do? The answer: “He will come and destroy those tenants and give the vineyard to others.”

The religious leaders realized that the parable was against them and they wanted to arrest him but were afraid of the crowd.

Then some of the Pharisees and Herodians tried to trap Jesus asking if it was right to pay taxes to Caesar. Jesus told them to give him a coin. They did so and Jesus asked whose image was on it. “Caesars” they replied. So Jesus told them to “Give to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”

One of the experts in Jewish law asked Jesus which commandment was the most important. Jesus answered, “The most important is: ‘Listen, Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

The expert said Jesus was right that to that to love God with all your heart, mind and strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself “is more important that all burnt offerings and sacrifices.” Jesus replied, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.”

In his teaching, Jesus warned about the experts in religious law saying how they like to be seen in the market places and have the best seats in the synagogues and banquets, but they devour widow’s property and do long public prayers for show. Jesus said they would receive severe judgment.

Then Jesus sat down opposite the temple offering box and watched people giving. Rich people were giving large amounts but a poor widow came and gave two small coins worth almost nothing. Jesus told his disciples, this widow gave more than all the rest because they gave of their wealth but she, in her poverty, gave what she had to live on.

Mark 13

As Jesus was leaving the temple one of his disciples said, “Teacher, look at these tremendous stones and buildings!” Jesus told them that all those buildings would be torn down. When they were “sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John, and Andrew” asked him when this would happen.

Jesus warned that many would come in his name misleading many. He warned that wars and rumors of wars would happen and there would be earthquakes and famines but these were just the beginning of birth pains. Jesus said that his disciples would be “handed over to councils and beaten in the synagogues,” and would “stand before governors and kings” because of him, but that “the gospel must be preached to all nations.”

Jesus warned that even close family members would betray each other and have them put to death, and that his followers would be hated by everyone because of him. Jesus warned that when they saw “the abomination of desolation standing where it should not be” those in Judea should “flee to the mountains.” Don’t even take time to get something out of the house for the suffering in those days would be great. If anyone says, “Look, here is the Christ!” don’t believe him. “False messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform signs and wonders” and deceive many.

Jesus said that after all that suffering, the powers of heaven would be shaken and everyone would see him “arriving in the clouds with great power and glory” and that he would “gather his elect” from the ends of the earth. Jesus warned that his followers should stay alert because only his Father knew when Jesus would return.

Mark 14

Two days before the Feast of Passover, the religious leaders were looking for a way to arrest and execute Jesus but decided not to move during the feast to avoid a riot.

Now while Jesus was dining at the home of Simon the leper in Bethany, a woman poured extraordinarily expensive ointment on Jesus’ head. Some at the dinner spoke angrily to her saying that this was a waste and should have been sold to give to the poor. Jesus told them to leave her alone because she had anointed his body for burial and that they would always have the poor with them. He said that wherever the gospel was proclaimed, what she did would be told in memory of her.

Then Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve disciples, went to the religious leaders and conspired to betray Jesus.

Now on the first day of the feast Jesus sent his disciples into the city to make preparations for the Passover meal. When evening came and they were eating the meal, Jesus said that one of them would betray him. His disciples were upset, saying, “Surely not I?” Jesus warned that it would be better for the betrayer if he had never been born.

Jesus then gave thanks for the bread, broke it and gave it to his disciples saying, “This is my body.” Then he gave thanks for the cup and said “This is my blood, the blood of the covenant that is poured out for many.” They all drank from it. Jesus said he would not drink of it again until he drank it in the kingdom of God. Then, “after singing a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.”

Jesus quoted Scripture and said that his disciples would fall away, but that after he was raised, he would go ahead of them to Galilee. Peter said that even if everyone else fell away, he would not. Jesus told Peter that on that very night Peter would deny him three times. Peter insisted that he would die before he betrayed Jesus, and all the others said the same.

They left Jerusalem and came to a place called Gethsemane where Jesus asked his disciples to wait while he went off to pray. He took Peter, James and John with him and soon became very distressed saying, “My soul is deeply grieved, even to the point of death.” Jesus went on a bit farther, threw himself to the ground and prayed, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Take this cup away from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”

When he came back from praying he found them asleep. He said to Peter “Couldn’t you stay awake for one hour? Stay awake and pray that you will not fall into temptation.” When he came back from praying a second time he found his disciples sleeping again. “The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak,” he said as he went to pray a third time. When he came back the third time he said, “Enough of that!” “Look, the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.” “My betrayer is approaching!”

Just then Judas arrived with a crowd sent by the religious leaders. Judas went up to Jesus and kissed him on the cheek as a sign to the authorities who immediately arrested him.  After one of the bystanders cut the ear of the high priest’s servant, Jesus said, “Have you come with swords and clubs to arrest me like you would an outlaw? Day after day I was with you, teaching in the temple courts, yet you did not arrest me.” Jesus said all this was fulfilling Scripture.

Then all his disciples ran away. “A young man was following him, wearing only a linen cloth. They tried to arrest him, but he ran off naked, leaving his linen cloth behind.” As they led Jesus away, Peter followed at a distance right into the high priest’s courtyard and warmed himself by the fire.

“The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for evidence to execute Jesus. People “gave false testimony against him, but their testimony did not agree.”  When the High Priest asked Jesus, “Have you no answer,” Jesus remained silent. But when the High Priests asked Jesus, “Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One,” Jesus said, “I am,” “and you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power and coming with the clouds of heaven.”

The high priest exclaimed, “Why do we still need witnesses? You have heard the blasphemy! What is your verdict?” They condemned him to death. Then Jesus was blindfolded and some began to hit him with their fists and spit on him, and mockingly demanding that he  “prophesy” for them.

Meanwhile, back in the courtyard, a slave girl of the high priest saw Peter warming himself by the fire and said to him, “You also were with that Nazarene, Jesus.” Peter said he didn’t know what she was talking about and he moved to the gateway.

The slave girl began to tell bystanders that Peter was one of them but again he denied it. Later on of the bystanders told Peter, “You must be one of them, because you are also a Galilean.” Peter began to curse and swore an oath saying, “I do not know this man you are talking about!” When the rooster crowed, Peter remembered what Jesus had said to him and “he broke down and wept.”

Mark 15

Early in the morning the religious leaders handed Jesus over the Pilate. Pilate asked Jesus if he was King of the Jews. You said it!, Jesus replied. The chief priests began accusing him but Jesus remained silent. Pilate asked, have you nothing to say? But Jesus remained silent.

As was customary during the feast, Pilate offered to release a prisoner to the crowd which had assembled. The crowd yelled out for Barabbas, an insurrectionist. Pilate asked what he should do with Jesus. “Crucify him” they shouted. Pilate released Barabbas and ordered Jesus to be flogged and crucified.

The soldiers began to mock Jesus, putting a purple cloak on him and a crown made with thorns. They mockingly knelt down before him saying, “Hail, king of the Jews!” They repeatedly hit him on the head with a staff and spit on him. Then they led him away to be crucified.

The soldiers forced a passerby to carry his cross as they brought Jesus to Golgotha, the “Place of the Skull.” They offered him wine mixed with myrrh but he did not take it.” Then, at about 9:00 AM they crucified him between two outlaws who verbally abused him as did the religious leaders and others who passed by. “You who can destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save yourself and come down from the cross!” “He saved others, but he cannot save himself!”  “Let the Christ, the king of Israel, come down from the cross now, that we may see and believe!”

The inscription above Jesus read, “The king of the Jews.” The soldiers “divided his clothes, throwing dice for them, to decide what each would take.”

“When it was noon darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon” when “Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Someone put a sponge filled with sour wine on a stick and went to give it to Jesus but someone else, thinking Jesus had called for Elijah said, “Leave him alone! Let’s see if Elijah will come to take him down!”

“Jesus cried out with a loud voice and breathed his last” and one of the centurions said, “Truly this man was God’s Son!”  Women who had supported him, including Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joses, and Salome were watching from a distance as were other women as well.

When evening came, “Joseph of Arimathea, a highly regarded member of the council, who was himself looking forward to the kingdom of God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. After Pilate verified with a centurion that Jesus was dead, he allowed it.

Joseph wrapped the body of Jesus in a linen cloth and placed the body in a tomb that had been carved into the rock. Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses watched as he rolled a stone across the entrance of the tomb.

Mark 16

After the Sabbath, on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, Salome, Mary the mother of James, and Mary Magdalene brought spices to the tomb to anoint the body of Jesus. They were wondering who would roll away the very large stone for them but when they got there the stone was already rolled away.

They entered the tomb and were alarmed when they “saw a young man dressed in a white robe” sitting there. The young man told them that Jesus the Nazarene, the one who had been crucified, had been raised from the dead! The young man told them to tell the disciples, even Peter, that Jesus was going ahead of you into Galilee and that they would see him there just as he had said. They ran out in terror saying nothing to anyone.

Jesus then appeared to Mary Magdalene, whom Jesus had once healed of demon possession. She told the others that he was alive but they didn’t believe her. Then he appeared to two people who were walking in the countryside. They went back and told the others, but the disciples didn’t believe them either. Then Jesus appeared to the eleven disciples. He “rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen him resurrected.”

He told them to “Go into all the world and preach the gospel” to everyone. He said those who believed and were baptized would be saved but those who did not believe would be condemned. Jesus was then taken up into heaven and his followers went out and preached his gospel while the Lord confirmed their message with accompanying signs and wonders.