August 15, 2010

Unveiled Kingdom (Easter)

The book of Mark is a narrative about the kingdom of God and the unveiling of Christ's deity.  Event after event portray how the kingdom has been manifested or opposed in this cosmic battle.

It starts with a rending in the heavens:

Mark 1:10
As Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove.

And ends with a rending in the temple:

Mark 15:38
The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.

Mark writes to tell us about a king and a kingdom.  A king who plunders the kingdom of Satan; a king who begins to lift the curse of sickness and disease; a king who conquers over death. A king who will return for one last battle.

This Jesus—the messenger and the message, has pierced the barrier between heaven and earth.

—His life, death and resurrection demonstrate the sovereignty of the One who brings life out of death and who prevails over all principalities, powers and kingdoms that ever was and is ever to come.

*this is the end in a series on the book of Mark.

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