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One purpose of Mark’s Gospel – one among several – was to portray Jesus as the patient teacher. He had to be. The crowds that followed Him around were not the brightest when it came to connecting the dots between the words of the prophets and Jesus. They just didn’t get Him. And Jesus’ inner circle – His closest friends – were slow in grasping the whole truth about their Lord. At this point in the earthly ministry of Jesus, He was still immensely popular with people, if not with the religious leaders.

They left that place and passed through Galilee. Jesus did not want anyone to know where they were, because he was teaching his disciples. He said to them, “The Son of Man is going to be delivered over to human hands. He will be killed, and after three days he will rise.” But they did not understand…

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