Dig Deeper (pick one to focus on, or study them all):
Every section of this chapter involves the Pharisees making an accusation against Jesus, and each time they are technically correct. If each time they are right about the letter of the law, why is it they come to such wrong conclusions?
Jesus is accused of 'blasphemy' in 2:6. Ironically this is the first accusation the Jews make against Jesus, and it is also the last one they will bring when they crucify them. The Jews realized that Jesus was not just a nice guy preaching love and social justice - He was claiming to be God Himself. The Jews rejected Jesus' claim. Does Jesus' 'blasphemy' change your view of Him?
CROWD WATCH: We've been watching the crowd being attracted to Jesus as we read Mark. Why are the crowds so interested in Jesus in this chapter? (v2, 13) How does the crowd's interest in Jesus begin to change in v12?
Glorify Jesus for being almighty God.
Thank God for the amazing gift of forgiveness.
Pray that God will give you a heart to share the gospel with the sick (v17)
Thank God for small times of Sabbath that you can experience each day as you read and think about God's Word.
Isaiah 9:6-8 (Christmas Eve)
God's zeal has saved His people, so reflect God's zeal in all you do
Monday - God does not leave His people wandering in the dark (Isaiah 9:2)
Tuesday - Salvation comes through a child (Isaiah 9:6)
Wednesday - There will be no limit to Christ's Kingdom (Isaiah 9:7)
Thursday - God's zeal (raw passion) will accomplish your salvation (Isaiah 9:7)
Friday - You're created in God's image, so reflect His zeal in all you do (Isaiah 9:7)