Mark 1 : 21,22

21 “They went to Capernaum, and when the Sabbath came, Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach. 22The people were amazed at his teaching, because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law. ”

The Greek word “amazed” is from the word “strike”meaning they were “knocked over” “stunned”  and”TKOed” by the doctrine of Jesus. This is the difference between the real Gospel, and the “no Gospel at all”. The real Gospel will make you run to, or run from Jesus.  Surrender or retreat. The real Gospel will knock you down, then pick you up. Stun you, to bring you to your senses.

This is the difference between head knowledge and heart knowledge. Many “theologians” have head knowledge, the knowledge that leads to being “puffed up”. However, when we are truly taught by the Lord He knocks us on our backside. When is the last time we have been taught like that? I am not talking about a tidbit about the Bible, or a must see message from the celebrity Pastor. I am talking about a life changing lesson from the Lord.  Its stunning, life changing, and we dont soon forget it. Bless God.

 

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Mark 1:16-20

16As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 17“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.”18At once they left their nets and followed him. 19When he had gone a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets. 20Without delay he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him.

 

“Come, follow me,” Jesus said,” Jesus says this to all his disciples, and the response of Simon, Andrew, James and John was to “at once” and “without delay” to follow Jesus. These same men went on to be Apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the founders of the Church, and eventually all, except John, was martyred for the faith. Great is their reward in heaven.

We see another instance when Jesus calls disciples, 59He said to another man, “Follow me.”But he replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”60Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”61Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.”62Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.” Lk. 9:59-62

What do we see when Jesus calls these dicsiples, excuses. “Yes Lord , BUT…”Anyone who spends an hour in the present day church knows it is full of “Yes Lord,  BUT…” Christians. Jesus does not sugar coat the cost of discipleship, as do many “leaders” in the church today. We must, “lose our lives to find it.” (Mat.16:25) We must, “offer our bodies as a living sacrifice.” (Rms.12:1)  We must say, “Here am I send me” (Is.6:8) not Yes, Lord, BUT…  All or nothing, or in that day we might hear from out Lord, “I never knew you” (Mat.7:22,23) not,  “Well done good and faithful servant.” (Mat.25:23)

 

 

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Mark 1:14,15

14 “After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. 15“The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!””

John was put into prison and Jesus, runs for the hills, NO. Jesus goes into Galilee, and proclaims the Gospel,  and the coming Kingdom of God! There are many places in the world we can be imprisoned for preaching the Gospel, there are some places we can be executed, today many Chrisitans are being imprisoned and executed for “the Faith”. We honor them, and make movies about them , BUT do we pick up the Cross and follow in their footsteps?

Getting most Chrisitans to church for a mid week service is a challenge, getting Christians to go into countries of severe persecution is impossible, but as we know “all things are possible with God” Will you pick up the Cross and follow in the footsteps of John the Baptist, Jesus and countless others proclaiming the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ?  As Paul said in Acts 20:24,  “I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me–the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.”

Lord God of Israel, you who calls things that are not as though they are, you who have made us and all things, we worship you, Lord. Let us offer our bodies as a living sacrifice to you, our acceptable worship. Bless your people Lord, and those who give their lives for you, and your glory. Amen.

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Mark 1:13

“and he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him.”

This event , of Jesus in the wilderness, and being tempted by Satan, is also found in Matthew 4 and Luke 4. Jesus was tempted by Satan, but was without sin. (Heb 4:15) “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet he did not sin.”

How can we,  be as Jesus was, “tempted in every way,  but without sin?” The first step is realizing that sin has NO power over us, for we are not under law , but under grace.(Romans 6:14) “For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.” What an awesome result of the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ that sin has NO power over us. I think Chritians sometimes, give into the whole “we are all sinners” statement and this allows us to tolerate sin in our lives. Lets receive the promise that sin has NO power in our lives and we do NOT have to tolerate it.

A second way to be “without sin” is to take the way out given to us by the Lord.                  (1 Corinthians 10:13) “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” God wants us to be without sin and he ALWAYS provides a way out when we are tempted, look for it, search for it, and walk in it.

A third way to ” be with out sin” is to not talk so much. (Proverbs 10:9) “When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable, But he who restrains his lips is wise.” Sometimes, I am amazed at what comes out of my mouth. As Peter says in 1 Peter 4:11, “If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God.”

A fourth way to “be without sin” is to avoid anger. In James 1:19,20 “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.” We see James reminds us to be “slow to speak, as well as slow to anger.” Bonus advice: DONT speak at all while angry.

This is a beginning guide to “being without sin” maybe in the future God will give us chance to really dig into this topic, in the meantime as our Lord said, “Go and sin no more”

 

 

 

 

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Mark 1:12

” 12Immediately, the Spirit impelled Him to go out into the wilderness.

Two words that are significant in this verse, immediately, and impelled, the first word “immediately” is used over 40 times in the Gospel of Mark, many commentaries call Mark, “the action” gospel where Jesus “immediately” does the work of the Father. Jesus gets things done, now, presently… immediately.

The word “impelled” in v12 the literal definition means driven,  “drive out with force” and is the same Greek word used when indicating the exorcism of an evil spirit. The word indicated the Holy Spirit “drove with force” Jesus to go into the wilderness, not guided, not led, BUT forced, drove, impelled Jesus into the wilderness.

Are we “impelled” by Gods Holy Spirit to “immediately” do Gods will or are we waiting to be “led” by the Lord and guided by “God”? Do we want to be “drove with force” by God to “immediately” do good works for the Kingdom? Let us seek to be driven by God into the wilderness of this world, and immediately do Gods work in the name of Jesus.

 

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Mark 1 : 11

“And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” ”

Jesus now thirty years old, and ready to start His public ministry, which He knows will end on the Cross. He has received the Holy Spirit without measure, and now receives  affirmation from the Father, You are my Son, I love you and I am pleased with you, all this before He has done a single miracle, preached one sermon or died on the Cross.

This is something we can remember; that in Christ we are children of God, He loves us, and with us He is well pleased. Apart from all the things we want to do, and will do for God, we are His children, He loves us, and with us He is well pleased.

As Christians we all know we are Gods children, and He loves us, but do we know He is well pleased with us?  Another translation of “well pleased” is “delights”. Do we know God delights in us, and deeply enjoys His fellowship with us?  We all know God loves us, but do we know God likes us, and relishes our company? Psalm 149 : 4

God is our friend (John 15 : 15), our brother (Heb. 2 : 11),  Our Father who delights in us, and He is well pleased.  Blessings.

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Mark 1 : 9-10

9At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove.

This account of Jesus being baptized in the Holy Spirit is “synoptic”, meaning it is in all four Gospels. The consensus is, if something is in all four Gospels God wants us to take note of these particular Scriptures.

I believe this event was given such prominence to remind us that Jesus the Son Of God, the second person of the Trinity, needed to be baptized in the Holy Spirit.  Why does God need to baptized into God? This fact reveals two truths, one: this establishes the Godhead of three separate persons in one God, two:  the believer needs to be baptized into Christ , or born again, and then baptized into the Holy Spirit, two separate events.

Okay, the three person Godhead is readily accepted by orthodox people, but the two experiences of born again and then baptized into the Holy Spirit is a contentious teaching. I hope I can clear up this issue. One thing I noticed no matter how clear I explain this, most people dont or wont accept the clear teaching of Scripture if they have already made up their minds, but here it goes.

Scripture says in Romans 10:9, “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”  We see here if we believe  God raised Jesus from the dead we are saved or born again. Where in Scripture can we see this in action, when people believed Jesus rose from the dead, and then subsequently where filled with the Holy Spirit?

Paul, the Apostle, on the way to Damascus Acts 9; 1-16, 17, was confronted by the the risen Lord then he was blind for three days, and we see in vs. 17 Ananias says, Paul would be “filled with the Holy Spirit”. Notice the order of event, Paul met the risen Jesus on the road, and three days later was “filled with the Holy Spirit”, born again, and then filled with the Holy Spirit, two separate events.

We see, in Acts 1:1, that after first seeing Jesus risen from the dead our Lord gave the disciples instructions to go to Jerusalem, and to wait for the baptism in the Holy Spirit, then in Acts 2 we see the fulfillment of that promise with the disciples subsequently  being baptized into the Holy Spirit, again born again and then filled with the Holy Spirit, two separate events.

The most common argument to this is teaching is, “that was then this is now.” How annoying is this to any one who loves Gods Word. These same people say, “we believe every jot and tittle”, but when confronted with something that requires faith in Scripture, and a present, living, active God they say, “that was then this is now”. Sad.

Another common objection is to get theological,  “the greek nominative delcension in this verb form means, “I dont want to lose my sweet cushy denominational position, thank you very much.” One major denomination that agrees with this plain interpretation of Scripture is the Assemblies of God, however they dont “push it.” Why rock the boat by standing up for the truth?

Many people say, “Are you telling me I DONT have the Holy Spirit!”  The short answer is NO, that is not what I am saying. The trinity is three persons in one, when you are born again, you are baptized into Christ,and you have , God the Word (Jesus), you have God the Father, and God the Holy Spirit, because God is One, but you need to be baptized, as Jesus was, in the separate third  person of God the Holy Spirit.

This teaching affirms the Trinity, and explains why Jesus needed to be baptized in the Holy Spirit to be empowered for His ministry. It also confirms the dual deity, and humanity of Christ, because just as we humans need to “baptized” into the Holy Spirit so did Christ, BUT he is also God.

This is an important teaching and needs to be studied and applied to every Christian life. Are you born again and wondering that there must be more? This is your answer, the power from on high that empowered the early believers, and even our Lord himself, is  available for us today, just ask.  “If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”  Luke  11:13

 

 

 

 

 

 

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