August 10, 2010

Part 5: Book of Mark 1:12-45

Jesus came to advance God's kingdom and set us, the captives free.  Our Messiah is a priest, a prophet and a king.  A king with a great army:

And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war....He has a name written "KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS."  Revelation 19:11-16
Jesus has come to wage war.

Mark 1: 12-13  Jesus is driven into the wilderness by the Spirit and confronted by Satan.  Mark merely records the incident whereas Matthew 4 gives details of this encounter.

Jesus has come to wage war on the devils own territory in Mark 1:23-27 when the demonic spirits within a man in the synagogue cried out "Let us alone, What have we to do with You...Did You come to destroy us?...You are - the Holy One of God."

The response of those around Him in verse 27 shows the impact this had on them: amazement, questioning who is this, what is this, observing His authority.

Jesus has come to wage war against sickness & disease:
Peter's mother-in law healed (vs 29)
Many healed from various diseases (vs 32)
Demons cast out (vs 34)
Cleanses a leper (vs 40)

Mark portrays what Isaiah wrote in 42:13
The Lord will go forth like a warrior,
He will arouse His zeal like a man of war.
He will utter a shout, yes, He will raise a war cry.
He will prevail over His enemies.
The kingdom of God has come to earth.  The "now" part of the kingdom is one of grace (Jesus is our priest) but the "not yet" of the kingdom is one of judgement as we read in Revelations 19.  Jesus has come to demonstrate and declare His authority (Jesus as prophet) and He is unveiling His deity in the book of Mark (KING OF KINGS).

Jesus has thrown the gauntlet down.

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