Jesus: Son of Man – Son of God, August 13
Nathan Lattimore continues with Part 3 in our series through the Gospel of Mark >>>
Unfortunately, due to a miscommunication, this sermon was not recorded. However, Nathan has graciously provided the major points of his sermon as follows:
- The climax of Mark’s Gospel is Peter’s confession (Mark 8)
- Everything leading up to this is intentionally enthralling, dramatic, designed to ‘catch the audience up’. Think ‘film-trailer’.
- Leading up to the climax, the biggest theme is Jesus’ authority:
- Chapter 1
- “The beginning of the gospel of…” (Reference to common introduction for histories of Caesar’s conquests). Point: Mark is comparing Jesus’ authority to that of Caesar. ii
- Jesus and the Holy Spirit
- Chapter 2
- Jesus’ authority to forgive and heal
- Jesus’ authority over the Sabbath
- Chapter 3
- Where does Jesus’ authority come from?
- Chapter 4
- Parables, of which Jesus is the main character
- Jesus’ authority over nature (calming the storm)
- Chapter 1
- Mark uses the disciples as a que to his readers: respond!
- Many narratives have a character who represents the audience. They take the same journey the audience do. In Mark, this is the disciples.
- The parables read by a persecuted church
- The sower: will you allow your message to be choked out by trouble?
- The lamp: will the troubles of life cause you to dim your light?
- The mustard seed: growing into a sanctuary; a refuge in a troubled world
- Jesus seduces us
- By intriguing us with his works
- By creating curiosity in his teaching (Mark 4:11-12)
- The BIG appeal in Mark is to be seduced by Jesus; to allow Him to captivate us.