The morning (Mark 15)

15 And as soon as it was morning, the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council. And they bound Jesus and led him away and delivered him over to Pilate. Mark 15:1

Whenever I consider the morning time, I consider all I have to be thankful for.  I think about how others have to get up at so early hours to drive to Atlanta for work.  I think about how many mothers had sleepless nights with their children.  I consider all those who could not sleep because of the anxiety in their hearts.  I am so blessed in the morning.

Maybe you are reading this as one who is having a tough time in the morning?

Consider with me, Mark 15.  Take time to read each section of the chapter, slowly and without distraction.  This chapter causes me to rise up in praise and hope no matter what the morning may look like.

Here is a easy to follow outline of the chapter:

  • Look closely at the condemnation of Jesus by the Jewish council. Vs: 1-5
  • Look closely at the corruption by the Jewish council.  Vs: 6-14
    • Pilate knew they were envious.
    • The chief priests led the crowd to turn on Jesus.
  • Look closely at the cruelty of the Roman soldiers. Vs: 15-20
  • Look closely at the crucifixion  of the Son of man, Vs: 21-32

Brothers and sisters, I will never look at the morning the same again.  Jesus faced the darkest morning in all of eternity with the greatest of determination to redeem us from the darkest of mornings!!!

Whatever you face today takes on a different look because of the morning Jesus overcame.  Here are some morning verses for your day:

24 He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. 25 For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls. I Peter 2:24-25

14 Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery. 16 For surely it is not angels that he helps, but he helps the offspring of Abraham. 17 Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. 18 For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted. Hebrews 2:14-18

Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— 10 that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead. Phil. 3:8-11

Last but not least:  “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Phil. 4:13

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