Day 2


from the This Is the New Testament reading plan

Mark 9:33-37, Mark 10:35-45, Isaiah 52:13-15, Isaiah 53:1-9, Philippians 2:5-11

BY She Reads Truth

 This Is the New Testament is part of a twelve-week thematic overview of the entire Bible. As we read, we’ll gain a broader understanding of the redemptive story of Scripture. Each day we’ll read a thematic selection from a different book of the Bible, along with supplemental passages that show how the theme of that day’s main reading is found throughout Scripture. We’ll also read a brief summary of each book and a reflection on how the book fits into the larger story of Scripture. 

What Is Mark? The Gospel of Mark is a fast-paced narrative about the ministry of Jesus. Likely written by John Mark, who knew both Peter and Paul, this Gospel emphasizes Jesus as both the Son of Man and the Son of God. It also shows Jesus as a humble servant leader, willing to suffer and die on the cross. 

How Mark Fits Into the Story: The Gospel of Mark clarifies the nature of the promised Messiah. Though many individuals in Jesus’s day tried to claim the title, Mark redefined it in light of Jesus’s life, death, and resurrection. Jesus, the one, true Messiah, was a suffering servant, both fully human and fully divine. Mark’s Gospel shows us how Jesus’s authority, in both teaching and miracles, is present alongside His humanity. 

Reflection Questions: 
1. How do today’s readings about Jesus’s character and demeanor change your understanding of God’s posture toward His people?
2. How does today’s reading shape your understanding of the story of redemption?

Take time to reflect on your responses and share what you are learning with others in the community in the comments.

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79 thoughts on "Mark"

  1. Jarin Olvera says:

    I think that today’s reading shows us that God values humility and being a servant to others as exemplified in his Son, Jesus.

  2. Jarin Olvera says:

    I feel like today’s reading emphasized how important of a virtue humility is to God. I think it is helpful to know that God holds humility and being a servant to others

  3. Melissa Mcronney says:


  4. Victoria E says:

    Amen, Anne Stock ❤️

  5. Kristen says:

    Thank you, ladies. So many of you expressed your awe in our God. I was recently thinking about how just leaving Heaven and coming to live as a man is is such and incredible sacrifice and act of love, Who would choose to leave there and come here and live as a poor man? He didn’t come and live in a palace. As someone mentioned, He didn’t come as a handsome man that everyone was drawn to. He took on a lowly state. Just think of His birth! To think of how He was hated, rejected, mocked, spat upon, beaten beyond recognition, and receiving the full cup of God’s wrath, is beyond my full comprehension. I imagine Him seeing and feeling every sin on the cross. That love is like no other. Dear God, Thank You for Jesus. Thank You for Your plan of redemption. There is none like You. Praises to the Lord ! He is highly exalted Amen.

    Someone commented about haughtiness and pride. Of course, this is the opposite of how Jesus lived. I was reminded of a message by Tim Keller called , Haughty Eyes. I found out that some things may be rooted I pride that I didn’t think were. Here is a link if anyone wants to listen:

  6. CeeGee says:

    VICTORIA E – Thank you for sharing the verse from 1 Samuel! I have been blessed by that verse so many times and didn’t think to include it. Continued prayers for a healthy and peace-filled pregnancy!

  7. Anne Stock says:

    These readings about Jesus’ character and demeanor are not new to me, but I liked reading them together today. Reading them this way helped me to see yet again the way in which God, despite being glorious and omnipotent and worthy of our praise, loves us so much that he came here to model the best way to live (in addition to dying for us.) It shows me that God is humble, despite having no need to be. All the glory and the power is His, after all! And yet here is Jesus, showing us how to live as servants to each other.

    May He help me to serve Him and others every day. Amen

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  8. Jessica Grand-lienard says:

    We are redeemed by His unmovable humility.

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