NTI Mark, Chapter 1
(v 1 - 3) Before truth can dawn, there is work that must be done. This work must be done in faith and out of a desire for truth.
(v 4, 5)Baptism is a symbol of being washed clean. The one who goes down into the water goes down as an individual who is willing to lay himself aside. Coming up from the water symbolizes the resurrection, the return to oneness of thought, the one Will of God.
(v 6 - 8) John the Baptist separated himself from the world, but only that he may find God. For John knew that God was not of this world, and it was only God that John sought.
(v 9 -11) Jesus also sought God, but Jesus knew God to be within. So Jesus sought God by seeking guidance. And it was his guidance that he followed to the symbol of baptism. Jesus was baptized out of more than desire. Jesus was baptized out of purpose. It was his purpose that made the Spirit known to him. For one who has chosen the purpose of God above all else has chosen Spirit, for Spirit and purpose are the same and one.
(v 12 - 13) In purpose, without the distractions of the world, Jesus faced the demons within his mind. It was the thoughts of the Holy Spirit that he trusted, so it was the thoughts of the Holy Spirit that he kept, When Jesus walked out of the desert, he had had many insights and his mind was pure of maddening and confusing thoughts, but Jesus was not yet free of the ego. So Jesus went into the world filled with peace and knowing love, that he may be led by the Spirit to the end of his self.
(v 14, 15) Jesus followed the Voice of Spirit into the world as a teacher, sharing his experience of joy and freedom. He offered himself as an example, that others may see his Light and desire truth.
(v 16 - 20) In this way, Jesus began to gather men around him. Those who were ready saw his Light. And they recognized it without remembering what they recognized, but they knew the Light belonged to them also. So they followed Jesus, that they may also know his Light.
(v 21 - 28) Jesus taught things that had not been taught before. He used the law, but he did not teach the law. He taught of Light beyond the law, and people were amazed. When Jesus was challenged by one who was angry and seemed ready for violence, the people became afraid. Hatred and cruelty was within the world they knew, and it was a fight of defense they expected from Jesus now. But Jesus looked on the man with love, and he smiled for a while, which seemed to observers to cause nervousness within the man. He twitched uncomfortably and did not know what to say to Jesus' silent reaction. Then Jesus reached out to him and said in a peaceful voice, "Come. Come out with us, and see what love is." With that, the man fell to his knees crying, for he had never known such love. He was touched with gratitude. The people were amazed. They knew this man, Jesus, taught in a way that was different and new.
(v 29 - 34)And so Jesus went about in this way, healing people through his love. The people flocked to him, coming in confusion lost from hope, leaving him touched by love itself and filled with great hope.
(v 35 - 39) In this way, Jesus led a life of guidance, not yet aware of where it was leading him, except knowing it was the only way for him.
(v 40 - 42) Through Jesus, men began to discover God. They discovered that God is with them, willing to love them and heal them in every moment, awaiting only their invitation that He come in.
(v 43 - 45) Not yet knowing where he was being led, the man of Jesus harbored some fear deep within his mind. During this time, he kept this fear hidden from himself. And so the Spirit led him down a useful and helpful path, that one day he may find the strength to face and lay down his fear.
NTI Mark, Chapter 2
(v 1 - 5) Jesus' great love attracted many, for the people had not seen this love before. Jesus was like a light within the darkness, and the people craved to see the Light. Not yet knowing that the Light is within, people struggled to place themselves next to Jesus, thinking that they needed to touch him in order to know his holiness. Though their struggles could be tiring to him, Jesus was touched by them. For he knew it was Light they craved, and so he started to point the way for them by speaking of faith and inherent innocence.
(v 6, 7) This is what caught the attention of the Jewish religious leaders, for Jesus seemed to be telling the people that they didn't need their leadership. This frightened them, so they started watching Jesus with great suspicion.
(v 8 - 12) Jesus did not react in defense to his accusers. He saw their faces and knew their thoughts, but turned it all over to the Holy Spirit. And it was the symbol of walking in health and peace with God that came to him. So Jesus touched a paralytic in love and asked him to walk in faith. And the Holy Spirit whispered into the man's mind, "Walk!" The man was surprised by his own thought, and he did as it asked. All who watched were amazed. They thought it was Jesus who had healed this man.
(v 13 - 17) Jesus matured in his listening to Spirit as he listened and trusted more, and so more was revealed to him. Jesus began seeing the face of Christ in everyone. And in everyone, he knew that he found his Self.
In his joy, Jesus invited anyone who would listen to follow him, that they may know the joy themselves. He celebrated and relaxed with people, because he enjoyed them and felt at peace around them. But many who watched Jesus were suspicious of his behavior. They did not see as Jesus did. They saw differences in people, and the differences they saw frightened them.
Jesus was not alarmed by their fear. He welcomed them to join him also, explaining that he had news to teach that showed there were no differences and there were no sinners among them. But they could not hear Jesus' words, because they were not ready to acknowledge the truth in them.