Gospels in 40 Days – March 2
Welcome to our study of the gospels during the Lenten season. Lent is the Christian tradition of preparing for the resurrection of Jesus by taking intentional steps to grow closer to God during the 40 days before Easter. The tradition mirrors Jesus going into the wilderness to fast and pray for 40 days, where he was tempted by Satan but was able to resist, strengthen, and grow his ministry for the days ahead (Matthew 4). Typical Lenten observances include fasting, repentance, moderation, self-denial, and spiritual discipline.
To join the study, pick a reading plan to follow, journal on the day’s reading using the SOAP method of Bible study (see “What’s SOAP?” on our website for details), and check in for daily posts from our study leaders. We hope you will join us this season, intentionally stepping toward God!
Mark is a good gospel to start in because it approaches Jesus’ life from the view of an outsider. His gospel was written mainly for an audience who didn’t grow up Jewish, so he explains traditions a bit more. And his gospel focuses on Jesus’ actions rather than his teachings. His purpose was to tell the Good News of Jesus. Mark didn’t know Jesus personally, but he did hang around with Peter, Paul, and Barnabas, and likely got most of the facts in his gospel from them.
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How can you answer Jesus’ invitation in Mark 6:31 to come with him to a quiet place and get some rest?
Invitation to Refill | Becky Newman
Mark 6:31 – Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”
The context before this verse is Jesus on a whirlwind tour of ministry to the sick, lost, possessed, and grieving with his groupies tagging along behind. No tour bus, though. They are walking to all these towns and sometimes taking boats, and the people, like sheep without a shepherd (Mark 6:34), are latching on like leaches sucking the power of Jesus out as much and as fast as they can. Now Jesus, being fully human AND fully divine, reacts perfectly to being drained physically and spiritually by going alone to His Father to pray and rest and get a spiritual refill — nourishment. In this verse, he has compassion on his groupies, the apostles, and guides/invites them to do the same.
Reading this verse 6:31 today, the Word penetrated my soul with the peace that can only come from Jesus speaking it to me. This last week has been this type of busy described in the first part of the verse — not even having a chance to eat…or clean my house…or sit with God and chill. Knowing that my day would be busy, I prayed that I wouldn’t miss the divine opportunities God would lay before me for the day while absorbed in the checklist. His response is a divine invitation to me to come sit with Him in a quiet place (not in the waiting room at gymnastics) and get some rest. Amen. I need a refill.
Lord, as I begin to intentionally step toward You during these 40 days before Easter, I thank You for Your invitation to me. It’s not about trying harder to read Your Word every day; it’s about spending time in Your presence and letting You work in me, letting Your Word penetrate my being and refill me with Your peace. Thank You, Jesus! Thank You for rest and peace!
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