There are many things that are a mystery to us until the final big ‘reveal’.

We might be reading a crime novel, for example – and the whole story only makes sense when we come to the closing pages and the identity of the murderer suddenly becomes clear to us.

The Bible is a bit like that. It’s only when we get to the climax that we start to understand much of what has gone before. In our fortnightly pilgrimage through Mark’s gospel we are now getting close to Jesus’ execution. And as we do we shall see not only what it means for us today but how it ties up and explains so much of the rest of the Bible.

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