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Daily Read is a podcast designed to bring you God’s Word, read aloud, with space to reflect and pray. Join folks from across InterVarsity as we stay connected to Jesus together. Our daily episodes feature a short passage of scripture read a couple of times, with some context and reflection questions to help you along the way.

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Daily Read is a podcast designed to bring you God’s Word, read aloud, with space to reflect and pray. Join folks from across InterVarsity as we stay connected to Jesus together. Our daily episodes feature a short passage of scripture read a couple of times, with some context and reflection questions to help you along the way.

    Mark #54 - Surely this Man was the Son of God!

    Mark #54 - Surely this Man was the Son of God!

    Mark 15:33-47 (NIV)

    “In that day,” declares the Sovereign Lord,
    “I will make the sun go down at noon and darken the earth in broad daylight. I will turn your religious festivals into mourning and all your singing into weeping. I will make all of you wear sackcloth and shave your heads. I will make that time like mourning for an only son and the end of it like a bitter day.”

    Today’s passage pulls us back into that vision from Amos. Here we are, with all the jews standing there watching Jesus die in the middle of Passover, the celebration of Yahweh’s rescue from slavery in Egypt. Do you remember the ten plagues God sent to Egypt as he worked through Moses to free his people? 3 days of total darkness was the 9th plague. The tenth... was the death of the firstborn… in this passage we witness a new exodus.

    The only son, the firstborn of all creation, hanging on a cross. The faithful servant suffering in the place of faithless Israel for the sins of a fallen world.

    All of this symmetry is on display before each person watching and the only person who sees Jesus for who he really is, is a gentile… a roman centurion. Whoever has eyes let them see, whoever has ears let them hear.

    So find a quiet space. Put away any distractions. And listen now to Mark chapter 15, 33-47.

    ----------REFLECT----------

    1. In this passage Jesus cries out “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”). Have you ever felt this way in your relationship to the LORD, bring that to him now.

    2. The Roman centurion confessed “Surely this man was the Son of God.” He could see the reality of Jesus. And maybe as we’ve walked through the Gospel of Mark you’ve seen something new about Jesus too. Take a moment to confess that to the LORD.

    3. The curtain of the temple was torn from top to bottom, this enormous, incredibly thick curtain that separated the holy of holies from the rest of the world, the place where God’s presence dwelt and humanity, it was gone. Jesus was saying all along that God’s power and presence and reign is now free to move about the world. Take a moment to invite the Spirit of God to meet with you and fill you up for today.

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    • 12 min
    Mark #53 - The King of The Jews

    Mark #53 - The King of The Jews

    Mark 15:16-32 (NIV)

    Today’s passage brings us to Jesus’ crucifixion. This is the most decisive moment in the story of our faith, and at the same time the most uncomfortable moment in all of the gospels too. This is especially the case for us as modern readers. It’s difficult to think about, but the closest thing to it in our culture’s memory is the lynchings of innocent black people on this very soil. The lies, the rhetoric of the powerful inciting violent mobs to carry out brutal murder. It’s horrific. It’s the kind of thing that led God to bring the flood way back in Genesis—the destruction of humanity by humanity, through hate, abuse, and murder. It’s the reason why the temple sacrifices existed. It’s the problem that we were never able to solve on our own—our sinfulness, our desire to define good and evil for ourselves.

    If we’re honest, a lot of us would rather not have to think about those kinds of scenes. It’s painful. We know that in some way we are complicit. We know that it’s a part of our story, and our stomachs turn at the thought. Yet it was this act, of allowing evil to pile up onto the body of Christ that provides both the place forgiveness of sins and healing balm for our wounds.

    As you listen to today’s passage, allow yourself to be placed in the scene. It won’t take too much work to see, hear, smell and touch but it will be difficult. We invite you to allow yourself to engage those senses, to bring your heart and mind into focus. You’ll want to listen with some amount of quiet and space to enter in fully, so take a second to find that.

    ----------REFLECT----------

    1. What emotions came up in you as you listened?

    2. Have you ever participated in evil? Scripture tells us that the terror of these actions happening to Jesus who was utterly innocent was the moment when all evil was summed up and poured out upon Jesus. We are participants in this story. Sit in the presence of that reality now.

    3. Have you ever been mistreated, insulted, spat on, mocked, abused, beated, neglected? Have you suffered evil? Scripture tells us that every thorn, bruise, tear of the skin, lash on the back, word that was hurled, nail that was hammered, every minute that he was suspended there was an act of sacred empathy. Jesus suffers with us… So that when he takes the weight of pain and death into the grave and defeats it there he takes our pain and death with him. Sit in the presence of that reality now.

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    • 13 min
    Mark #52 - Crucify Him

    Mark #52 - Crucify Him

    Mark 15:1-15 (NIV)

    At this point in Mark, Israel is celebrating the Passover. The celebration of God’s liberating the Israelites out from under the thumb of the egyptians. And you might remember back in Exodus chapter 14, the Moses and the people of Israel were at the shore of the red sea with the Egyptian army breathing down their neck, the people were terrified and Moses shouted out…. “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord which will work for you today. The Lord will fight for you; you have only to be silent.”

    The Hebrew word for Salvation is Yeshua… Which we transliterate as Jesus. He said see the Jesus of the LORD fight for you.

    Yet, after generations the people of Israel could not trust that God would do it again. Ever Passover Judea would come to a fever pitch with rebellion ready to ignite. And this Kingdom announcement that Jesus has been making throughout Mark is a direct challenge to Israel's violent way of dealing with Israel's bondage under Rome. Over and over Jesus says that it will lead to their destruction.

    In today’s passage, we watch as Jesus literally trades places with a rebellious, murderous Jew. His name is Barabbas which literally means Son of the Father. In Matthew this rebel’s given name is Jesus as well. CAN YOU SEE IT? Israel partners with the Empire to kill Jesus of Nazreth, THE son of the Father, in exchange for salvation by their own means as they call for the release of Jesus Barabbas, the rebel.

    ----------REFLECT----------

    1. What image in this passage struck you?

    2. It’s difficult to think about, but we are all now quite familiar with the images of a riotous crown threatening insurrection, calling for the execution of leaders. Take a moment to picture the scene around Jesus… as he stands silent, on his way to be murdered.

    3. Jesus was the only person in this scene who was not acting out of self-interest. How does this moment in the life of Jesus inspire you towards self-giving love?

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    • 11 min
    Mark #51 - Disowned

    Mark #51 - Disowned

    Mark 14:66-72 (NIV)
    Peter was so devoted, so outspoken, from the beginning. At once he left his fishing net to follow Jesus. And remember when he boldly suggested making some tents for Elijah and Moses at the Transfiguration? He declared that Jesus would never wash his feet, and when corrected he said, “Ok fine, not just my feet, but my whole body!” Whatever he did he did it wholeheartedly, and though he did some embarrassing things, he was never deterred from his passion. According to John’s gospel, Peter was the one who cut off the ear of the high priest’s servant with his sword when they came to arrest Jesus. By all accounts Peter was fiercely loyal.

    So what happens today seems nearly impossible. This passage puts on display the chilling reality that all the passion and zeal in the world doesn’t necessarily translate into integrity when push comes to shove. As you listen to this passage, consider the ways that you can relate to Peter.

    ----------REFLECT----------

    1. What word or phrase stood out to you in the passage?

    2. Have you ever seen someone who seemed so devoted (either to a significant other, a cause, a church or something else) just walk away ? What effect did that action have on you or others around them?

    3. After 3 denials, Peter breaks down and weeps. The words mean that he threw himself down and cried out. Have you ever felt like you failed Jesus? Consider this: Jesus predicted that Peter would deny him…. Yet he still went to the cross on his behalf. Jesus knows your failures… and he still chose to die for you.

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    • 9 min
    Mark #50 - I Am

    Mark #50 - I Am

    Mark 14:53-65 (NIV)

    Remember back in Chapter 12, that teacher of the law to whom Jesus said, “You are not far from the kingdom”? That guy knew that the point of it all wasn’t earthly power or status but being deeply connected with God—loving God with your whole self and loving your neighbor as yourself. He was a teacher of the law... and yet the teachers of the law in this passage seem to be reading a different Torah. Violence, bribery, and ”bearing false witness against your neighbor” are all weapons of choice in their desperate attempt to secure power through an illegal trial held at night.

    Jesus, for the first time in Mark’s gospel, directly claims to be the Messiah. Further, he pulls an image from the book of Daniel about the Son of Man, a Messianic character that devout Jews would automatically assign with God’s chosen ruler. He’s saying that what’s about to happen to him will actually be his enthronement as King.

    ----------REFLECT----------

    1. What stood out to you in the passage?

    2. Why do you think the Jewish leaders dismissed Jesus’ Messianic claims? Are there things about Jesus that would offend our religious leaders today?

    3. Of all the people who should have gotten it, who should have been able to see when Messiah was here, it was this gathering of leaders. They were the most studied and influential leaders in all of Israel, the God incarnate is standing in front of them and they can’t see him for who he is? Is there anything that clouds your vision of Jesus?

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    • 10 min
    Mark #49 - Betrayed with A Kiss

    Mark #49 - Betrayed with A Kiss

    Mark 14:43-52 (NIV)

    Back in chapter 8 of the Gospel of Mark, Jesus began to tell his disciples that the Son of Man would be handed over to the temple leaders and killed. Remember Peter rebuking Jesus? Peter and the rest of the disciples couldn’t understand how the Kingdom of God that they so desperately longed for could come through the death of that Kingdom’s King.

    Through today’s passage we can witness the scene where Jesus is arrested, his non-violent revolution has entered its final phase. In our world, we can hardly imagine real change or justice being done without force, without inflicting damage on those who would stand in the way. Today’s passage challenges us to remember that we follow a Jesus who walked towards pain on behalf of others, beckoning all who might hope to follow him to join him.

    ----------REFLECT----------

    1. What moment in this passage stands out to you the most?

    2. Jesus arrested on behalf of the disciples who just abandoned him, and on behalf of the men who just arrested him, and the Romans who would crucify him. Do you find this comforting, challenging or both?

    3. All of the disciples, who just got done fretting over whether or not they would betray Jesus, deserted him and fled. Are there moments in your life, when things get heated, that cause you to flee from Jesus for fear of being associated with him? Bring that to the LORD.

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    • 9 min

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