Mark 15:16-32

It is my hope that over the coming weeks this blog will be a source spiritual comfort, encouragement and challenge. It’s purpose is to help us to engage with God’s word and to apply it to our lives so that we become more like Jesus. Every Thursday at 7pm I will publish a new post and then update it on Sunday mornings before 11am.

Another great resource we have available to us is on our website, the section “Seeking God”, click on the link below:

https://trinitybangor.org.uk/engaging-with-god/seeking-god/

Please try using the resources and guidance within this section to help us seek God.

As we desire to seek God through the trials of this time our church prayer meeting will be on Thursday’s at 9pm on Zoom, if you are a member of our church and would like to join please email me at minister@trinitybangor.org.uk.

Excite

Join us this Sunday on facebook live (@trinitybangor) at 11am as we continue through the final section of the Gospel of Mark, this Sunday we come to the crucifixion.

This is a difficult read for many of us as we learn about how Jesus was rejected, mocked, beaten and crucified.

The fact is that none of this was a surprise for God. As we prepare for Sunday and read through Mark 15:16-32, we see that it fulfils several Old Testament prophecies. Look these up, Micah 5:1, Psalm 69:20-22, Psalm 22:18, Isaiah 53:12, Psalm 22:16, and note how they are fulfilled here in Mark and see the wonder of God’s plan.

Check back on Sunday morning before 11am for the Engage and Extend section of trinitydeeper. Use it as a companion to the message, as we focus on Jesus, his sacrifice and suffering for us.

Engage and Extend

This week we are encouraged to Wash n Pray.

We read in Colossians 3:1 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.

One of the why’s we can do this is by doing the one things we all have to do lots wash our hands. As you wash instead of singing happy birthday, we could pray the Lord’s Prayer through, putting the detail of our own lives into this prayer Jesus gave his disciples

This link will take you to some ideas about how to use Jesus’ framework for prayer in ordinary times: https://trinitybangor.org.uk/engaging-with-god/seeking-god/prayer/

Let’s use it to express our needs to him in these extraordinary times – and to remind ourselves of who he is…Image

This week how many times have you said “I wish I had”

We can become so distracted by all the stuff around us that we lose focus on the most important things.

As we engage with these verses it is important that we see that Jesus’ his life, death and resurrection are the working out of God’s salvation plan for us, as we saw in the excite section.

Here we see the suffering of Jesus for us:

Rejected by the people

Mocked by the soldiers and passers by 

Beaten by the soldiers

Crucified 

How do you respond to this?

Don’t be like the chief priests and the teachers of the law. 

As we seek to extend and apply this passage to our lives. This week as we prepare for Easter take time to read the easter story in the different Gospels and focus on the extent of Jesus’ love for us that he endured the cross.

Allow this to help refocus your life in this time of crisis on Jesus, remembering the wonderful promises of Colossians:

Colossians 3:1 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

 

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