For several decades, professional wrestling has had a small, but very devoted following. One of their big events is “SmackDown.” Two or more gladiators will get into the ring and battle it out until one is victorious. They hold nothing back (although it is fake) as they perform moves, punches and kicks to pummel their opponent.
As we continue in the Gospel of Mark, we come to a section where Jesus throws off the gloves and seriously confronts, challenges and defeats His opponents – the religious elite. In this theological and spiritual “SmackDown” Jesus proves victorious and exposes the religious elite’s many weaknesses.