Blessings on your week. Please pray for everyone receiving this email. I know school starts for most of us, so keep the little ones and their parents in your prayers. And pray for the Helleksons, this will be their last Sunday with us.
Turn your heart and mind to God and pray that He would rend heaven and pour His Spirit anew on us all, and in abundance on Sno-King. Come Lord Jesus!
Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it. (1 Thess. 5:23–24)
Filling up the edges
In Mark 4:41, the disciples ask, “who is this?” John Mark uses this device throughout the gospels. John Mark wants us to engage with what he’s written.
In 1:7-8 John the Baptist says a mighty one is coming who will baptize us with the holy Spirit?
Who is this?
In 1:9 a Galilean comes tearing open heaven with His obedience, unleashing peace.
Who is this?
Mark expects his audience to decide what to do with what it sees and hears. He shows us the material and invites us to decide for ourselves.
Who is this?
Jesus is the messiah, the beloved Son of God (1:9-11). Jesus is the mighty one, the warrior defeating God’s enemies (1:7, 12-13, 25-26). Jesus is the Messenger, declaring the Lordship of God (1:11, 14) and declaring the proper response to that Message (1:14, 16-20).
The Son of God, the servant-messiah-king is declaring the Kingdom of God and calling everyone to come, repent and acknowledge the LORD.
This is the blueprint. If all Jesus had to do was die, then why didn’t God allow Herod to kill Jesus in the cradle and be done with it? Jesus came to do more than die. He came to live. To be the way, the truth and the life – for every man, woman and child in every age.
He wants us to be parables of Him. He wants us to be bait for Him. He wants us to live like him. Warriors, servants, messengers – obedient and joyful. Submissive and powerful.
The heavens have opened and God the Father’s word to Jesus is a word for all of mankind – “this is beloved son with whom I am well pleased.”
And in Christ we are made partakers of this message of peace and love.
John 1:12–13 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
2 Corinthians 5:17–21 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
Who is this?
He is the long-awaited ladder to Heaven. He is the bread from heaven come down to feed us eternal life. He is the mighty one slaying our demons and defeating Satan. He is the ark in which we are hid from the tidal wrath of God, the Father.
And when we go down into the water, He descends from Heaven by the Spirit into each of our hearts, into our fellowship; making us one body – his body. And in that we hear what we have all longed to hear our whole lives. We hear in Christ the Father say; “this is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased.”
Truly, the Son of God became a nobody to make nobodies the sons of the living God.
Around the worldwide web
Pastor Alistair Beg offers his sermons online. His series on Mark is worthy to listen to. Especially, since his Scottish accent makes him sound even more reformedJ
My good God, Father, and Savior,
grant me aid by your Holy Spirit to now work fruitfully in my vocation, which is from you, all in order to love you and the people around me rather than for my own gain and glory. Give me wisdom, judgment and prudence, and freedom from my besetting sins. Bring me under the rule of true humility. Let me accept with patience whatever amount of fruitfulness or difficulty in my work that you give me this day. And in all I do, help me to rest always in my Lord Jesus Christ and in his grace alone for my salvation and life.
Hear me, merciful Father, by our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.
Ron Coverdale, Call
Jered Leslie, Prayer
Start Sunday, September 16, 9AM. Kid classes for ages 4-7 and 8-12 need volunteers; see Jered for more info.
Saturday, Sept 22, St. Edwards Park. Register for free meal tickets and meal times at heidelfest.org.
October 26-27. Save the date! Details coming.