Clear Path to Truth

Julia Downey Davis

READ : Mark 16:1-8 When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back. (v. 4) To construct its portion of the transcontinental railroad, the Central Pacific Railroad overcame enormous obstacles. The arduous task of laying track over the Sierra Nevada mountain range was further complicated by fifteen-foot-deep snow. Digging through the granite hills sometimes proceeded at the rate of only eight inches per day. On the way to the tomb, the …

Honoring the Truth

Julia Downey Davis

READ : Mark 14:1-9 While Jesus was at Bethany in the house of Simon … a woman came with an alabaster jar of very costly ointment of nard,and she broke open the jar and poured the ointment on his head.(v. 3) The greatest honor Jesus ever received came from a woman at a dinner party in Bethany. She did not offer a statuette to commemorate Jesus’ many miracles. She didn’t set a star with Jesus’ name on the sidewalk outside …

Easy Access

Julia Downey Davis

READ : Mark 12:18-34 Then the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher … this is much more important than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” (vv. 32-33) The Jewish system of religious law contained over six hundred different ordinances specifying in great detail the handling of everyday activities. Explicit directions legislated everything from cooking and hand washing to atoning for personal and corporate sin. With these laws in mind, first the Sadducees, and then a scribe, approached Jesus …

One Prize Fits All

Julia Downey Davis

READ : Mark 10:13-16 But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs.” (v. 14) Race separates. National origin divides. Religious denominations splinter and political persuasion polarizes. We have schools that enroll only one gender and associations that admit only a selected vocation. There are groups for only seniors, only singles, only parents …

Truth or Consequences

Julia Downey Davis

READ : Mark 8:27-38 [Jesus] asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” (v. 29) DNA testing has altered the process of identification in many ways. Evidence from previously unsolved crimes can be re-examined, sometimes leading to the conviction of the individual responsible. Issues of parentage are resolved more conclusively. In 1998, the remains of the Vietnam War’s Unknown Soldier were even identified using DNA testing. While these advances have provided valuable answers in many situations, the truth …

Seeing, Hearing, Remembering

Julia Downey Davis

READ : Mark 8:14-21 Do you have eyes, and fail to see? Do you have ears, and fail to hear? And do you not remember? (v. 18) In the classic Christmas movie It’s a Wonderful Life, Thomas Mitchell portrays the loyal and bumbling Uncle Billy. Because Uncle Billy struggles to remember his bank duties, he has a daily habit of tying strings on several of his fingers. The practice proves useless, though, because once the string is on his finger …