What Jesus Did! 'John Mark the Evangelist' — Mark Acts 15:36-39

Monday, February 29, 2016

Illustration of Mark Acts 15:36-39 NLT —

Key Thought

It's leap day! So we're taking one day off from the Gospel of Mark, to talk about the writer, John Mark. The John Mark in today's Scripture is better known as Mark. He has traditionally been viewed as the evangelist who is responsible for the Gospel of Mark. Mark accompanied Paul and Barnabas on what is often called the first missionary journey. When things got tough, however, Mark had deserted the work. When getting ready to go back and visit these recently established churches and do additional mission work, Paul refused to take Mark with them. The great story we learn behind this horrible split in the great mission team of Paul and Barnabas is that God continued to work in the ministries of Paul and Barnabas. Instead of one mission team, there were now two. Barnabas helped reclaim Mark and Paul involved another, bright and passionate young man in ministry and missions. Toward the end of Paul's life, Paul also asked for Mark to be with him. So God worked in their lives and brought harmony as well as extra mission power out of what would otherwise have been a human disaster. The Gospel of Mark is the great reminder that we all need a second chance, and in Jesus, we get it!

Today's Prayer

Father, thank you for taking our petty messes and bringing something good out of them. Help me be like Barnabas and reclaim those who are discouraged and defeated. Help me be like Paul and welcome back those who have proven themselves after failure and even those who are trying to recover from failure. Give me the proper sense of balance and the proper role you have called me to fulfill in your plan for your people. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Acts 12:6-12
  • 2 Corinthians 2:5-8
  • 2 Timothy 4:9-11

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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