Sermon Notes February 6, 2011
Mark 1: 12-13
Intro: Occasionally a certain phrase jumps off the page a grabs me
Wendell Berry, “…the long wearing out of grief”
- Painful, Real, …. True….Comforting.
“The Spirit drove Him out into the wilderness…”
- On the heals of glorious baptism…Spirit descends like dove… beloved & Pleasing!
- If I were writing the story….
Raised to the mountain top for sweet communion
Lifted Him to Heaven for vindication/affirmation
- “Drove”…impelled. Wilderness..Isolation & Danger
- Walking in the Spirit is not always Pleasant.
- Temptation/Trial is not always the result of bad decisions.
Mark 1: 12-13
Brevity! (Mt. 11; Lk. 13) Mark’s distilled, Essential Account.
- Three Temptations; locations; fasting; Scriptural response important, but not considered essential by Mark.
Jesus Was Tempted.
- The few details speak to importance…like Moses & Elijah.
Jesus Endured Temptation
If you want to understand Who Jesus Is and What it means to Follow Him, you must know that Jesus Endured Temptation.
A Christological Revelation
1. Human – Tempted as a Man.
Not a pretend incarnation…. Like Playing Army
2. Divine – Without Sin
A Practical Lesson for all Disciples
When I am tempted…. He Understands….
ILL – Marie Antionette, “Let them eat cake”
n Traditional response to fact of no bread for peasants
n Point == Queen was out of Touch with the Reality
Of ordinary people.
App – Most people think this of Jesus… He could never
Hebrews 4: 14-16
- Foretaste of Victory
- Victory over the Penalty of Sin
Perfect Sacrifice on Cross (him who knew no sin..)
Mark has no declaration of Victory over Temptation
n His Whole Life was a Temptation culminating in the Garden and Cross!
- Victory over the Power of Sin
He serve the One Who overcame Sin…
ILL – Martin Luther was asked how he overcame the Devil
When he comes knocking on the door of my heart and
Asks, ‘Who lives here?’ the dear Lord goes to the door
And says, ‘Martin Luther used to live here, but he has
Moved out. Now I live here.’