Thursday, February 19, 2009

A Nugget from Mark 1

I'm really enjoying digging into the Gospel of Mark. There is so much in each passage; but no way is there time during a 35 minute sermon to cover it all. So, along the way I'll pass on some nuggets that I might not get to on Sunday mornings.

In the story of Jesus' baptism in 1:9-10, we find a clear basis for our Christian belief in the Trinity: God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit. One God manifested in three persons. Read the two verses and you can easily capture the three persons. Jesus (God the Son) was baptized by John the Baptist. After He came up out of the water, the heavens opened, and the Spirit (God the Holy Spirit) descended on Him. Then a voice from heaven came (God the Father), "You are My Son...."

Another interesting insight is that in the first 13 verses of his Gospel, Mark mentions the Holy Spirit three times. First, John indicated that Jesus would baptize with the Holy Spirit. Second, the Spirit descended on Jesus. Third, the Spirit sent Jesus into the wilderness to be tempted.

The Trinity is the bedrock of our Christian faith. This belief separates Christianity from every other religion. Will we ever fully understand it? Not this side of eternity. But believe it and ponder it. And don't ever minimize the role of the Holy Spirit. He's just as much a part of the Godhead as Jesus.

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16. Father, I know that when I'm not experiencing joy, there must be something wrong with my heart. So please change me from the inside out.

17. Lord, I feel there are many against me. I do not want the same spirit David expressed. Please don't let a root of bitterness come into my heart.

18. Lord, my life made no sense until I placed all the pieces before you. My life is complete. Even when attackers are all around me, You are my bedrock, my castle.

19. How I love my times each day in Your Word. Your Word helps pull my life together, points me down the right path, and shows me the way of joy. Help me start each day afresh.

20. "Everything is going to work out." What a confidence booster, O God. Remind me of this promise every day.

21. Demonstrate Your strength, Lord, so that it will be obvious to all at Chapin Baptist Church that You are alive and working.

22. Who am I to complain about my struggles? Your Son hung on a wooden cross, suffering humiliation and shame. You Yourself turned Your head away from Him because You could not look at the human sin He became.

23. Father, there is so much busyness and stuff going on. Lead me to your lush meadows and quiet pools.

24. Father, I want to climb Your mountain. So give me clean hands and a pure heart.

25. Father, You reminded me this morning that worship is what life is all about. It is Your bulls-eye. May my life today be a gift of worship to You.

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