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© 1994 by Loizeaux Brothers, Inc. Baltimore, Maryland First Edition, 1948 Revised Edition, 1994 Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations are taken from the King James version of the Bible. Introductory Notes taken from Gaebelein’s Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible © 1970, 1985 by Loizeaux Brothers, Inc. Introductory Notes by Arno C. Gaebelein The Evangelists The Gospel of Mark is the briefest of the four Gospels. The traditional view, which hold...

Address 49 The True Vine

John 15:1-8 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the sam...

Address 68 Peter Confirmed in the apostolate

John 21:1-25 After these things Jesus shewed himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias; and on this wise shewed he himself. There were together Simon Peter, and Thomas called Didymus, and Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and two other of his disciples. Simon Peter saith unto them, I go a fishing. They say unto him, We also go with thee. They went forth, and entered into a ship immediately; and that night they caught nothing. But when the morning was now c...

Address 67 Jesus in the Midst

John 20:19-31 Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord. Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you. And when he had said this, he breathed ...

Address 66 The Empty Tomb

John 20:1-18 The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre. Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him. Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre. So they ran both together: and the other discip...

Chapter Three The Work Of The Divine Servant Part Two

Jesus Heals on the Sabbath (Mark 3:1-6) Again we find the Lord in conflict with the Pharisees as to the sabbath question. His declaration that the sabbath was God’s gracious provision for man’s comfort—never intended to add to man’s burdens but rather to relieve them—had made no impression on these stern and crafty legalists. Among the congregation in the synagogue service on this particular sabbath was a poor, helpless man with a withered hand—that is, a hand that had beco...

Chapter Eight Intimations Of The Coming Glory

Jesus Feeds the Multitude Again (Mark 8:1-9) The circumstances surrounding this miracle were similar to the occasion of some months before; yet it is evident that the disciples had forgotten—as we often do—the remarkable manifestation of divine power that they had seen at that time. The heart of Jesus Christ was touched by the need of the multitude, and His heart ever controlled His hand. For three days they had flocked about Him and paid attention to His teaching. Their food supplies...

Chapter Sixteen Christ Serving Still

The Resurrection (Mark 16:1-8) The last sabbath of the law that God ever recognized had drawn to a close. During that old covenant rest day no one on earth knew whether redemption had been accomplished or not. The Jews observed the rest although their hands were red with the blood of the servant of Jehovah. They had insisted on His death, and in so doing had fulfilled their own Scriptures without realizing it. Now the first day of a new week and of a new dispensation had dawned. Severa...

Chapter Fifteen The Supreme Sacrifice Part Two

Pilate’s Court (Mark 15:1-15) We come now to the great crisis that had been in the mind of our Lord from the beginning of His sojourn here on earth. This crisis had in fact brought Him from the glory that was His with the Father before all worlds began, into this world where sin defiled the fair creation. Details given in the other Gospels are omitted in Mark’s account. The scene moves rapidly from the council of the Jewish leaders to Pilate’s judgment hall and then to the cross....

Chapter Fourteen The Supreme Sacrifice Part One

Mary’s Devotion (Mark 14:1-9) Events now moved on rapidly to the consummation, when our blessed Lord was to die on the cross as the great sin-offering. In the Gospel of Matthew Jesus is seen as the trespass offering, restoring that which He took not away (Psalm 69:4). In Mark’s account we see Jesus giving up His life to meet all God’s claims against sin. Sin here is viewed not only as actual trespass, but also as that which is innate in the heart of fallen man who displays his hosti...
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