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The Gospel of Mark
Many people think that Mark was one of Jesus' 12 apostles. But he was not one of them. He was a teenager when Jesus was crucified.
His full name was John Mark, and his mother was a follower of Jesus. Many of Jesus' disciples met in Mark's mother's house in Jerusalem.
In the days of the early church, Mark traveled with Paul and Peter. Later, he started churches in Alexandria, Egypt. The Gospel of Mark is thought to be Mark
writing Peter's memories of Jesus' life and resurrection.
Judas makes plans to betray Jesus to the Jews.
One of the 12 disciples was named Judas Iscariot. He went to the chief priests to betray Jesus. The chief priests were happy about that. They promised to pay him to betray Jesus. Judas asked them the best way to do that.
 And Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, went unto the chief priests, to betray him unto them.
 And when they heard it, they were glad, and promised to give him money. And he sought how he might conveniently betray him.
Jesus and His disciples have a Passover meal.
On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread when the Passover lambs were being killed, Jesus' disciples asked Him where He wanted them to prepare the Passover meal.
 And the first day of unleavened bread, when they killed the passover, his disciples said unto him, Where wilt thou that we go and prepare that thou mayest eat the passover?
Jesus sent 2 of His disciples into the city. He told them they would meet a man carrying a pitcher of water. They should follow the man. Wherever the man goes in, tell him that Jesus wants to eat Passover dinner with His disciples in his house. He told them that the man will show them a larger upstairs room. It will be furnished. They can get the dinner ready there.
 And he sendeth forth two of his disciples, and saith unto them, Go ye into the city, and there shall meet you a man bearing a pitcher of water: follow him.
 And wheresoever he shall go in, say ye to the goodman of the house, The Master saith, Where is the guestchamber, where I shall eat the passover with my disciples?
 And he will shew you a large upper room furnished and prepared: there make ready for us.
His disciples went into the city. Like Jesus said, they found the man, and they got the Passover dinner ready. In the evening, Jesus came there with His 12 disciples.
 And his disciples went forth, and came into the city, and found as he had said unto them: and they made ready the passover.
 And in the evening he cometh with the twelve.
They sat and ate dinner. Jesus said, "Truly, I say to you that one of you who is eating here with Me will betray Me."
 And as they sat and did eat, Jesus said, Verily I say unto you, One of you which eateth with me shall betray me.
They were all sad. One at a time, they asked Him, "Is it me?"
 And they began to be sorrowful, and to say unto him one by one, Is it I? and another said, Is it I?
Jesus said, "It is the one who dips in the dish with Me. The Son of man will go as it is written about Him. But the man who betrays Him will have big trouble. It would better for that man if he had never been born."
 And he answered and said unto them, It is one of the twelve, that dippeth with me in the dish.
 The Son of man indeed goeth, as it is written of him: but woe to that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! good were it for that man if he had never been born.
Jesus and His disciples celebrate the first Lord's Supper
As they ate supper, Jesus took some bread. He blessed it. Then, He broke it into pieces and gave it to them. He said, "Take this and eat it. This is My body."
 And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it, and gave to them, and said, Take, eat: this is my body.
Then, He took the cup. He gave thanks, then
He gave it to them. They all drank from the cup. Jesus said, "This is My
blood that is shed for many. It is the new promise. I tell you truly that I will
not drink anymore wine until the day that I drink it in the new kingdom of God."
 And he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them: and they all drank of it.
 And he said unto them, This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many.
 Verily I say unto you, I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine, until that day that I drink it new in the kingdom of God.
After they sung a hymn, they went out to the mount of Olives.
 And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives.
Jesus tells His disciples that they will all desert Him tonight.
Jesus said to His disciples, "Tonight, all of you will fall away because of Me. The scriptures say, 'I will kill the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.' But after that, I will rise from the dead and be alive again. I will go ahead of you into Galilee."
 And Jesus saith unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered.
 But after that I am risen, I will go before you into Galilee.
Peter said, "Even when everyone else falls away, I won't."
 But Peter said unto him, Although all shall be offended, yet will not I.
Jesus said to him, "Truly, I say to you that even before the rooster crows two times in the morning, you will 3 times deny that you know Me.
 And Jesus saith unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this day, even in this night, before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice.
Peter spoke more forcefully. He said, "If I must die with You, I will not deny You in any way." The other disciples said the same thing.
 But he spake the more vehemently, If I should die with thee, I will not deny thee in any wise. Likewise also said they all.
Jesus prays to God and surrenders to His will.
They came to a place named Gethsemane. Jesus told His disciple to sit down while He went to pray.
 And they came to a place which was named Gethsemane: and he saith to his disciples, Sit ye here, while I shall pray.
Jesus took Peter, James, and John with Him. He was very sad and distressed.
 And he taketh with him Peter and James and John, and began to be sore amazed, and to be very heavy;
He told Peter, James, and John that He was so sad, He felt like He was dying. He told them to stay there and watch.
 And saith unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death: tarry ye here, and watch.
Jesus went on a little further by Himself. He fell on the ground and prayed that if was possible, He would not be killed. He said, "Abba, Father, everything is possible for You. Take this cup away from Me. But if it is Your will for Me to die, I will do Your will."
 And he went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him.
 And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.
When Jesus came back, He saw His disciples sleeping. He said to Peter, "Are you sleeping? Couldn't you stay awake and watch for one hour? Stay alert and pray so that you are not tempted. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak."
 And he cometh, and findeth them sleeping, and saith unto Peter, Simon, sleepest thou? couldest not thou watch one hour?
 Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak.
Jesus went away and prayed the same words to God again.
 And again he went away, and prayed, and spake the same words.
When Jesus came back, He saw that the disciples were asleep again because they were very tired. They didn't know what to say to Him.
 And when he returned, he found them asleep again, (for their eyes were heavy,) neither wist they what to answer him.
|Picture from LaVista Church of Christ|
When He came back the third time, He said to them,
"Sleep and get your rest. It is enough now. The time has come. The Son of
man will be betrayed and given to the sinners. Get up now and let's go.
The one who is betraying Me is here."
 And he cometh the third time, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: it is enough, the hour is come; behold, the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.
 Rise up, let us go; lo, he that betrayeth me is at hand.
Judas shows the soldiers where to find Jesus to arrest Him.
Immediately, while He was talking, Judas and several people came. The people with Judas had swords and spears. They were from the chief priests, scribes, and elders.
 And immediately, while he yet spake, cometh Judas, one of the twelve, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders.
Judas had worked out a plan with them. He was supposed to kiss the one they were to arrest. As soon as Judas came, he went straight over to Jesus and said, "Master, master," and he kissed Him.
 And he that betrayed him had given them a token, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he; take him, and lead him away safely.
 And as soon as he was come, he goeth straightway to him, and saith, Master, master; and kissed him.
The men with Judas grabbed Jesus and took Him.
 And they laid their hands on him, and took him.
One of the disciples took a sword and cut off the ear of one of the high priest's soldiers.
 And one of them that stood by drew a sword, and smote a servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear.
Jesus said, "Have you come out against Me with swords and spears like you would do with a thief? I was in the temple teaching everyday, and you didn't take Me then. But the prophecy in the scriptures must be fulfilled."
 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Are ye come out, as against a thief, with swords and with staves to take me?
 I was daily with you in the temple teaching, and ye took me not: but the scriptures must be fulfilled.
Everyone left Jesus and took off. There was one young man who followed Jesus who was only wearing a linen cloth. When the soldiers tried to catch him, he got out of his linen cloth and ran away naked.
 And they all forsook him, and fled.
 And there followed him a certain young man, having a linen cloth cast about his naked body; and the young men laid hold on him:
 And he left the linen cloth, and fled from them naked.
| Before Jesus was born, the Romans
invaded Israel. They made Israel part of the Roman Empire. The
emperor over all of the Roman Empire was Caesar. There was a
king over the area where Israel was. That was Herod. Israel
was divided into parts, and there was a governor over each part. The
governor over the Jerusalem part was Pontius Pilate.
The Jews were still in Israel, but
the Romans controlled them. The chief priests, elders,
Pharisees, and Sadducees were leaders of the Jews.
People lie and witness against Jesus in the high priest's court.
They led Jesus to the high priest. All of the chief priests, elders, and scribes were there.
 And they led Jesus away to the high priest: and with him were assembled all the chief priests and the elders and the scribes.
Peter followed from a distance. He went into the palace of the high priest and sat with the servants. It was cold, so he got warm by the fire.
 And Peter followed him afar off, even into the palace of the high priest: and he sat with the servants, and warmed himself at the fire.
The chief priests and the rest of the group asked for witnesses. They wanted people to say that Jesus broke the law so they could kill Him. But there were no witnesses. There were some people who lied against Jesus, but none of their stories was the same.
 And the chief priests and all the council sought for witness against Jesus to put him to death; and found none.
 For many bare false witness against him, but their witness agreed not together.
Some of the lying witnesses said, "We heard Jesus say that He will destroy the temple that men built, and 3 days later I will build another one without using hands." But none of the witnesses agreed with the others.
 And there arose certain, and bare false witness against him, saying,
 We heard him say, I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and within three days I will build another made without hands.
 But neither so did their witness agree together.
The high priest stood up in the group. He asked Jesus, "Aren't you going to say anything about what the witnesses are saying against You?"
 And the high priest stood up in the midst, and asked Jesus, saying, Answerest thou nothing? what is it which these witness against thee?
But Jesus said nothing. He was quiet. The high priest asked Him, "Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?"
 But he held his peace, and answered nothing. Again the high priest asked him, and said unto him, Art thou the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?
Jesus said, "I am. And you will see the Son of man sitting on God's powerful right hand. He will be coming in the clouds of heaven."
 And Jesus said, I am: and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.
Then, the high priest tore his clothes because he was upset. He said, "Why do we need any more witnesses? You have heard the blasphemy (talking against God). What do you think about that?" All of the other people said He was guilty and should be killed.
 Then the high priest rent his clothes, and saith, What need we any further witnesses?
 Ye have heard the blasphemy: what think ye? And they all condemned him to be guilty of death.
Some of the people began to spit on Him. They covered up His face, then started beating Him. They said, "You tell us who hit You since You are a prophet." The soldiers hit Him with their hands.
 And some began to spit on him, and to cover his face, and to buffet him, and to say unto him, Prophesy: and the servants did strike him with the palms of their hands.
Peter says that he doesn't know Jesus.
While Peter was there in the palace, one of the high priest's maids saw him by the fire. She looked at him and said, "You were with Jesus of Nazareth." But Peter said no he wasn't. He said he didn't understand what she was saying. Then he went outside and a rooster crowed.
 And as Peter was beneath in the palace, there cometh one of the maids of the high priest:
 And when she saw Peter warming himself, she looked upon him, and said, And thou also wast with Jesus of Nazareth.
 But he denied, saying, I know not, neither understand I what thou sayest. And he went out into the porch; and the cock crew.
The woman saw Peter again. She talked to some of the people who were standing around. She said, "This is one of them." But Peter denied it again. A little later, some of the people standing around recognized Peter's accent when he talked. People from Galilee talked with a certain accent. They said Peter must be one of Jesus' followers because of the way he talked.
 And a maid saw him again, and began to say to them that stood by, This is one of them.
 And he denied it again. And a little after, they that stood by said again to Peter, Surely thou art one of them: for thou art a Galilaean, and thy speech agreeth thereto.
Peter began to swear and curse. He said he didn't know Jesus.
 But he began to curse and to swear, saying, I know not this man of whom ye speak.
Then the rooster crowed for the second time.
Peter remembered what Jesus had told him, "Before the rooster crows twice, you
will deny me 3 times." Peter thought about that and cried.
 And the second time the cock crew. And Peter called to mind the word that Jesus said unto him, Before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice. And when he thought thereon, he wept.
Pilate said to Him, "Are you going to
answer at all? See how many things they are accusing you of?"
 And Pilate asked him again, saying, Answerest thou nothing? behold how many things they witness against thee.
But Jesus said nothing., Pilate was amazed.
 But Jesus yet answered nothing; so that Pilate marvelled.
Pilate offers to let Jesus go, but the crowd does not want that.
There was a custom that at feast time, Pilate would let go one prisoner. He would let go whoever the people wanted.
 Now at that feast he released unto them one prisoner, whomsoever they desired.
There was a prisoner name Barabbas. Barabbas and some others had killed someone in a big fight.
 And there was one named Barabbas, which lay bound with them that had made insurrection with him, who had committed murder in the insurrection.
The crowd began shouting to Pilate to release a prisoner like he did before.
 And the multitude crying aloud began to desire him to do as he had ever done unto them.
Pilate answered them and asked if they wanted him to release the King of the Jews.
 But Pilate answered them, saying, Will ye that I release unto you the King of the Jews?
Pilate knew that the chief priests were jealous
of Jesus and that's why they arrested Him. But, the chief priests influenced the
crowd so that the crowd said they wanted Barabbas released to them.
 For he knew that the chief priests had delivered him for envy.
 But the chief priests moved the people, that he should rather release Barabbas unto them.
Pilate asked the crowd what they wanted him to do with the King of the Jews. The crowd yelled back and said, "Crucify Him."
 And Pilate answered and said again unto them, What will ye then that I shall do unto him whom ye call the King of the Jews?
 And they cried out again, Crucify him.
Pilate asked the crowd, "What evil has He done?" The crowd yelled back louder, "Crucify Him."
 Then Pilate said unto them, Why, what evil hath he done? And they cried out the more exceedingly, Crucify him.
Pilate wanted to make the people quiet. So, he let Barabbas go. Then he had Jesus beaten and sent Him to be crucified.
 And so Pilate, willing to content the people, released Barabbas unto them, and delivered Jesus, when he had scourged him, to be crucified.
Jesus is sentenced to be killed on a cross. Roman soldiers make fun of Him.
The soldiers led Jesus to the hall that was called Praetorium. They called their whole group to come. They treated Jesus badly. They put purple clothes on Him. They made a crown of thorns and put it on His head. They made fun of Him and said, "Hail, King of the Jews!" They hit Him on the head with sticks. The spat on Him. They made fun of Him and acted like they were worshiping Him.
 And the soldiers led him away into the hall, called Praetorium; and they call together the whole band.
 And they clothed him with purple, and platted a crown of thorns, and put it about his head,
 And began to salute him, Hail, King of the Jews!
 And they smote him on the head with a reed, and did spit upon him, and bowing their knees worshipped him.
After they finished making fun of Him, they took the purple clothes off Him. They put His own clothes back on. Then they led Him out to the place where He would be crucified.
 And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple from him, and put his own clothes on him, and led him out to crucify him.
The soldiers saw a man named Simon. He was from another country. It was a place named Cyrene. He had 2 sons named Alexander and Rufus. The soldiers made Simon carry Jesus' cross.
 And they compel one Simon a Cyrenian, who passed by, coming out of the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to bear his cross.
Jesus is taken to Golgotha and nailed on a cross.
They took Jesus to the place named Golgotha. The name Golgotha means "place of a skull."
 And they bring him unto the place Golgotha, which is, being interpreted, The place of a skull.
They tried to make Him drink wine mixed with myrrh, but He wouldn't drink it.
 And they gave him to drink wine mingled with myrrh: but he received it not.
They nailed Him on the cross at the third hour (about 9 a.m.). Then, the soldiers gambled and cast lots to see who would get Jesus' clothes.
 And when they had crucified him, they parted his garments, casting lots upon them, what every man should take.
 And it was the third hour, and they crucified him.
They made a sign and hung it over Him. It said, "The King of the Jews."
 And the superscription of his accusation was written over, THE KING OF THE JEWS.
They also crucified 2 thieves at the same time. One thief was on His right, and the other was on His left. This fulfilled the scripture (Isaiah 53:12) that said, "He was counted as one of the sinners."
 And with him they crucify two thieves; the one on his right hand, and the other on his left.
 And the scripture was fulfilled, which saith, And he was numbered with the transgressors.
Picture from LaVista Church of Christ
People who walked past the cross talked bad about
Him. They shook their heads and said sarcastically, "You were going to destroy
the temple and build it in 3 days. Save Yourself and come down from the cross."
 And they that passed by railed on him, wagging their heads, and saying, Ah, thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days,
 Save thyself, and come down from the cross.
The chief priests and scribes also talked bad about Him. They said, "He saved others, but He can't save Himself. Let Christ the King of Israel come down from the cross so that we can see Him and believe Him." The other 2 men that were being crucified with Him also said bad things to Him.
 Likewise also the chief priests mocking said among themselves with the scribes, He saved others; himself he cannot save.
 Let Christ the King of Israel descend now from the cross, that we may see and believe. And they that were crucified with him reviled him.
From noon until 3 in the afternoon, it became dark everywhere.
 And when the sixth hour was come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour.
Jesus asks God why He has forgotten and left Him.
At 3 p.m., Jesus cried out loudly. He said, "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?" That means, "My God, my God, why have you forgotten and left Me?"
 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
Some of the people who were standing near thought He was calling for the prophet, Elijah.
 And some of them that stood by, when they heard it, said, Behold, he calleth Elias.
Someone ran and got a sponge full of vinegar. He put it on a long stick and held it up for Jesus to drink. He said, "Let's see if Elijah will come and save Him and take Him down."
 And one ran and filled a spunge full of vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink, saying, Let alone; let us see whether Elias will come to take him down.
Then, Jesus cried our loudly. Then, He died.
 And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost.
The curtain in the temple divided the temple into parts. The part behind the curtain was the Most Holy Place. It was where God was. Only the High Priest could go in there, and he only could go in once a year during a special sacrifice. Other people could never go in.
When Jesus died,
the curtain tore from top to bottom. That meant that anyone could go
to God from then on. That is because Jesus was the special sacrifice
for everyone. We can all go to God now.
When He died, the large curtain in the temple
ripped from the top to the bottom.
 And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom.
A Roman soldier standing near Jesus saw Him cry out and die. The Roman soldier said, "Truly, this man was the Son of God."
 And when the centurion, which stood over against him, saw that he so cried out, and gave up the ghost, he said, Truly this man was the Son of God.
There were some women watching from a distance. One was Mary Magdalene. Another one was Mary who was the mother of the younger James and Joseph. Another woman was Salome. When Jesus was in Galilee, Salome was one of His followers who helped Him. There were also many women who came from Jerusalem with Him.
 There were also women looking on afar off: among whom was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the less and of Joses, and Salome;
 (Who also, when he was in Galilee, followed him, and ministered unto him;) and many other women which came up with him unto Jerusalem.
Friday was the day before the Jewish sabbath on
Saturday. The Jews were getting ready for the sabbath. A man named Joseph
of Arimanthaea went to ask Pilate for Jesus' body. Joseph was a man of
honor and a member of the council. He was also waiting for the kingdom of
God to come.
 And now when the even was come, because it was the preparation, that is, the day before the sabbath,
 Joseph of Arimathaea, and honourable counseller, which also waited for the kingdom of God, came, and went in boldly unto Pilate, and craved the body of Jesus.
Pilate was surprised that Jesus was already dead. He called the Roman soldier to him and asked if Jesus had been dead for long. The soldier said He was, so Pilate let Joseph have Jesus' body.
 And Pilate marvelled if he were already dead: and calling unto him the centurion, he asked him whether he had been any while dead.
 And when he knew it of the centurion, he gave the body to Joseph.
Jesus is buried in a sepulchre (cave, grave). A large stone is put in front of the door.
Joseph took Jesus off the cross and wrapped Him in fine linen cloth. He laid Jesus in a sepulchre (grave) that was dug out of rock. Then they rolled a stone to block the door of the sepulchre.
 And he bought fine linen, and took him down, and wrapped him in the linen, and laid him in a sepulchre which was hewn out of a rock, and rolled a stone unto the door of the sepulchre.
Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joseph saw where they laid Jesus.
 And Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses beheld where he was laid.
The women left quickly and ran away from
the sepulchre. They were afraid and shaking. They were amazed. They didn't
say anything to anyone because they were afraid.
 And they went out quickly, and fled from the sepulchre; for they trembled and were amazed: neither said they any thing to any man; for they were afraid.
Note: the original copy of the book of Mark ended with verse 8. Bible scholars are not sure about this. Some feel it was damaged, and the rest of the book got lost. Some people feel that verses 9 - 20 were added by other people later.
Jesus appears to many people and talks to them.
When Jesus rose early on Sunday, the first day of the week, the first person to see Him was Mary Magdalene. In the past, Jesus had put 7 demons out of her. So, she went and told the other disciples who were crying and mourning that she had been with Jesus.
 Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.
 And she went and told them that had been with him, as they mourned and wept.
When they heard that He was alive and that she had seen Him, they didn't believe her.
 And they, when they had heard that he was alive, and had been seen of her, believed not.
Later, Jesus appeared in a different form to 2 others as they walked in the country. They went and told it to the rest of the group, but they didn't believe them either.
 After that he appeared in another form unto two of them, as they walked, and went into the country.
 And they went and told it unto the residue: neither believed they them.
Jesus tells His disciples to go into all parts of the world and tell everyone about Him. The people who believe in Him and are baptized will be saved.
After that, Jesus appeared to the 11 disciples as they were eating. He scolded them for being stubborn and not believing the others who said He was alive.
 Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen.
He told them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every living thing. The people who believe and are baptized will be saved. But the people who don't believe will be damned to hell.
 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
Jesus goes up to
These are the signs for people that believe in
Me. In My name, they will make devils leave people's bodies. They will talk in
new languages. They will pick up snakes. If they drink poison, it will not hurt
them. They will touch sick people and the sick people will get better.
 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
After Jesus talked to them, He was taken up into heaven. He sat on the right hand of God.
 So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.
The disciples went out and preached everywhere. The Lord worked with them and when they spoke the word about Him, He did signs to show they were saying the truth.
 And they went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.