Mark 9–10: The Transfiguration & Ministry

Read the Bible in 2011 ◊ Week 15: Saturday

Immediately the boy’s father cried out and said, “I do believe; help my unbelief.”
Mark 9:24

Saturday’s Bible reading is Mark 9–10. These chapters close His ministry, and Jesus travels to Jerusalem to enter it in chapter 11, on a colt to the acclaim of the crowds.

These chapters record His Transfiguration and several conversations with His disciples about His death and resurrection—which they do not understand nor do they understand the nature of the kingdom of heaven. Several events found in Matthew are also found here.

There are two miracles that occur. One is the casting out of a demon from a boy whose father appeals to Jesus for help. I remember reading this passage the summer I became a Christian, and the father’s words gave voice to the cry of my heart. I knew I thought some things were true about Jesus—that He existed and was God’s Son—but I realized I didn’t have the whole picture, and I had no idea what else I needed to believe or what I was even capable of believing.

Despite seeing and hearing the unbelief, the obtuseness and the jockeying for position Jesus sets His face towards Jerusalem. Although I knew that was coming, it was still remarkable to read, to see again the extent to which He was surrounded by people who didn’t understand, and then to see Him still take that road.

“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
Mark 10:45

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Original content: Copyright ©2011 Iwana Carpenter

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