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May 19, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Last Sunday we saw the beginning of Jesus’ ministry and the calling of the first disciples (Mark 1:14-20). We discovered that Jesus proclaimed a new kind of kingdom– a kingdom that stands in direct contrast to the “kingdoms of the world” that Satan tried to offer in the wilderness. Jesus called this new kingdom the kingdom of God.grace2flogo-300x150

This week we continue our study of the Gospel of Mark by seeing the king of this new kind of kingdom in action. In Mark 1:21-28 we see Jesus healing a man with an unclean spirit. This passage demonstrates much about Jesus… And Mark uses this story to show his readers and us Jesus’ royal credentials.

To really understand this passage in context we will review what we’ve seen so far and see that Mark structures his gospel in such a way as to announce the king and kingdom of God.

With this idea of “review” in mind, I wanted to show you the introduction of the Gospel of Mark from Eugene Peterson’s The Message:

Mark wastes no time in getting down to business—a single sentence introduction, and not a digression to be found from beginning to end. An event has taken place that radically changes the way we look at and experience the world, and he can’t wait to tell us about it. There’s an air of breathless excitement in nearly every sentence he writes. The sooner we get the message the better off we’ll be, for the message is good, incredibly good: God is here, and he’s on our side.

 The bare announcement that God exists doesn’t particularly qualify as news. Most people in most centuries have believed in the existence of God or gods… But that God is here right now, and on our side, actively seeking to help us in the way we most need help—this qualifies as news. For, common as belief in God is, there is also an enormous amount of guesswork and gossip surrounding the subject, which results in runaway superstition, anxiety, and exploitation.

 So Mark, understandably, is in a hurry to tell us what happened in the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus—the Event that reveals the truth of God to us, so that we can live in reality and not illusion. He doesn’t want us to waste a minute of these precious lives of ours ignorant of this most practical of all matters—that God is passionate to save us.

Looking forward to Sunday!

 

Grace and peace,

Doug

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