• Ascension and Session Devotional

    Mark 16:19

    Christians are called to be good citizens who pay their taxes and pray for their political leaders (Rom. 13:1–7; 1 Tim. 2:1–2). But only One deserves unquestioned allegiance—Jesus Christ. Let us resolve in our hearts now that we will serve Him as Lord of all so that we will be prepared to stand if we must ever suffer for our faith. View Resource

  • Appearances of the Resurrected Lord Devotional

    Mark 16:12–13

    When God determines to save someone, nothing can stop Him, not even the person’s “free will.” The Lord effectively persuades all those whom He has chosen, regenerating them by His Spirit, giving them the gift of faith, and working in them so that they will persevere. Our salvation is not ultimately in our hands, which enables us to be confident as we serve Him, knowing that our failures cannot inhibit the advance of His kingdom. View Resource

  • The Rolled-Back Stone Devotional

    Mark 16:1–4

    The women went to the tomb while not expecting anything out of the ordinary. Often, we also go about our days the same way. Yet, as we serve a God who loves to delight us by surprising us with good things, we sometimes find good from His hand that we have not expected. The women experienced this at the tomb, and they feared God. Let us honor and fear the Lord when He intervenes in an unexpected and powerful way. View Resource

  • The Centurion’s Confession Devotional

    Mark 15:35–39

    Dr. R.C. Sproul says in His commentary Mark that the centurion was “the first to realize that something of cosmic significance was happening that afternoon outside Jerusalem.” The centurion was among those most unlikely to recognize Jesus and yet God revealed Christ to him. Let us be grateful that God’s grace extends even to those who seem the most unlikely to receive it. View Resource

  • The Servant Who Suffers for Righteousness Devotional

    1 Peter 2:22–24

    It is right to defend ourselves when others malign our character unjustly. But there sometimes comes a point when our defense becomes pointless, when nothing we say or do can convince our detractors of our good motives. In such cases, we must trust in the Lord’s vindication. He may give it on this side of glory or He may wait until heaven to prove our innocence, but God will vindicate His people perfectly. View Resource

  • The Priest Who Intercedes Perfectly Devotional

    Hebrews 7:25

    Old covenant priests came and went, but Christ continues as High Priest forever. His intercession never ceases, so He is praying for our perseverance at every moment. Moreover, because He knows His Father’s will perfectly, He prays perfect prayers. Christ is our advocate before the Father, and because His prayers are effective, we are secure in our salvation and know that God will give us every good thing. View Resource

  • The Priest Who Sacrifices Himself Devotional

    Hebrews 9:13–14

    Other religions besides biblical Christianity tend to prescribe methods for individuals to atone for their sins. Biblical Christianity stands apart in saying that we cannot atone for our sins. But it also says that Christ has offered the perfect atonement for our transgressions. As we repent, let us remember that Christ has offered full atonement for our sin and that all glory goes to Him for paying the price we owe for our wickedness. View Resource

  • Crucified and Reviled Devotional

    Mark 15:27–32

    That Mark can describe the mocking of Jesus as blasphemy shows us how seriously we must take the name of Jesus. His name is not something that should appear on our lips or flow from our pens in a frivolous manner. Instead, we must be careful to honor Jesus, for to dishonor Him is to dishonor God. Do you treat the name of Jesus with reverence? View Resource

  • The King on the Cross Devotional

    Mark 15:21–26

    Our Savior, God incarnate, suffered the loss of His garments at Golgotha so that we could be clothed with the royal robe of His righteousness. Covered by His perfect obedience, we are not only righteous in God’s sight but have been granted the right to rule alongside Jesus over the world (2 Tim. 2:1–13). Though we may suffer for Christ now, one day we will reign with Him. May that truth encourage us to persevere in faith. View Resource

  • The Soldiers Mock Jesus Devotional

    Mark 15:16–20

    As we will see, the greatest suffering Christ endured was not the physical and emotional pain heaped on Him by other men; rather, the most intense pain Jesus experienced was the pain of God’s wrath as He hung on the cross. But all of our Lord’s suffering demonstrates His great love for us. Let us marvel at the greatness of the God whom we serve, the God who in Christ gives perfectly of Himself for the sake of our salvation. View Resource

  • Pilate Capitulates to the Crowd Devotional

    Mark 15:6–15

    Lest we be too hard on the crowd who demanded the death of Jesus, we should recall the temptations we face to make the kingdom of this world more important than the kingdom of God. Every time we trust in political power and material comfort, we are demanding something other than Jesus. Let us search our hearts to determine where we are not trusting in the Lord and repent if we are trusting in earthly princes this day. View Resource

  • Taken to Pilate Devotional

    Mark 15:1–5

    Jesus endured a trial before men and a sentence of death so that His people would be acquitted in the heavenly court. Having been put on trial and suffering for our guilt, Jesus gives us His righteousness so that we can stand before our Creator unafraid. No sacrifice could be greater, and there is no end to the thanksgiving we should offer for our Savior’s atonement. Let us thank and praise Him this day. View Resource

  • The Rooster’s Crow Devotional

    Mark 14:66–72

    Spurgeon writes, “The remembrance of sin committed is the Holy Spirit’s frequent, if not constant method of bringing men to weep over their wrong-doing and to turn from it.” It is good for us to think on our sin, for that gives us the opportunity to repent and to feel the Holy Spirit’s prodding of our consciences. Are you taking time to reflect on your sin and to repent of your transgressions? View Resource

  • The Humiliation of Christ Devotional

    Mark 14:63–65

    God is sovereign over all creation, but He is not aloof, far removed from those whom He has created. The incarnation proves this, showing us that we serve a Lord who is not a part of His creation but is nonetheless willing to enter into it for the sake of our salvation. As Paul tells us in Philippians 2, the Son of God took on the form of a servant. He loved us enough to come where we are and save us. Let us praise Him this day for His love and mercy. View Resource

  • The Son of Man at the Right Hand of Power Devotional

    Mark 14:61–62

    Our estimation of Jesus should be no less than Jesus’ own estimation of Himself. Jesus presented Himself not merely as a great teacher or worker of miracles, though He was each of those. Instead, He revealed Himself to be God, the Creator of all things. As we tell others about Jesus, let us make sure that we affirm His deity. View Resource