Dave Williams speaking on Mark 1:1. He spoke about the good news of the Gospel and the authority of Jesus’ name. Praying that we would increase our understanding of Jesus and preach the Gospel to ourselves, our community, and the world.
- This Summer was legit. We saw God move in unbelievable ways and am excited to see how God builds on what he has been doing in your lives.
- Hebrews 12 states that Christ is the author and perfecter of our faith. He is the one that starts the work and completes the work in our lives.
- He is doing that in yours right now. Do you believe him?
Mark 1:1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
The beginning of the Gospel
- Point #1 The Gospel is good news
- There is no story more compelling and no story more essential than the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
- It is the greatest story ever told because it centers on the greatest person ever to walk the earth.
- Christ’s story is found in three other books, Matthew, Luke, and John. However Mark is the only one that introduces His story using the word the Gospel.
- See Mark is being very pointed here. He is stating the the story of Christ is “Good news.”
- See the Gospel means “good news” however it actually means something a little deeper.
- See the Greek word that was used here was used throughout the Old and New Testament to explain political triumph or physical rescue.
- For example in 2 Samuel 4:10 a messenger is running to David to let him know that his adversary, King Saul, had been killed the messenger states, “ Behold Saul is dead and I thought I was bringing good news.”
- David in Psalms 40: 9 says this, “I have told the glad news of deliverance in the great congregation; behold, I have not restrained my lips, as you know, O LORD.
- It is the same phrase.
- That phrase good news is the same word that Mark uses to describe the story of Jesus.
- He came to conquer all social constructs that we find ourselves in. Jesus defeats that.
- Think about that for a moment. Jesus came down as a lowly poor captured person: a jew living in a Roman society. Yet in a span of three years of ministry we see that the Pharisees can’t stop him, the leaders of Jerusalem can’t hold him down, and the Romans couldn’t either. Jesus prevailed.
- Yet even as He ascended back to heaven His story still goes on. People can’t stop it, governments can’t prevent it from going forward. Why because it’s the story of Christ.
- I have seen the Gospel come into the darkest of places, enter into the darkest of situations and cast light that seemed impossible before.
- Yet Mark tells us that this is the beginning of the story of Jesus, which implies also that it not fully written yet. The King has not retuned to take his throne.
- So if you were wondering why it seems that God’s story is being squashed out in the world today, America today, your school, or even your life. I want to encourage you that the Gospel is the story of triumph and we will see the end of it when Christ returns again.
1 Peter 5:10 And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. 11 To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen.
- See that little while is between the time Christ died and when he returns.
- Christ wins. Hold fast know that God’s story is one of triumph.
- Point #2 Jesus is our salvation.
- This good news, triumph story is of Jesus.
- Now Jesus was God’s name that was derived from the Hebrew name Joshua, which means Yahweh is salvation.
- But the name came with the task. It is found in Matthew 1:21 when an Angel of the Lord is instruction Joseph what his son’s name was going to be, He says, “ You shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”
- He is our savior He did what no one else could do.
- This summer I had the privilege of working with kids who have been abandoned to the streets. Some have been living out there for years and they don’t see any way in which their lives could ever change. They have tried it all, fighting harder, working harder, striving more, and no matter what they have tried the sin that has been done to the them and the sin they have committed is still beating them down.
- Why, because they can’t save themselves. They can’t remove the sting of sin, they can’t ensure eternal life free from suffering, they can’t save themselves.
- See only God can do that.
- There were many days I would go home just mad because I wanted so bad to see them saved but I had to realize that there isn’t anything I can do, it is God who does the saving.
- That again is why it is good news. He does the work because we can’t.
- Point #3 Christ isn’t a name but a title.
- Christ isn’t a name but a title. It means anointed one.
- He was set a part for the task of becoming our salvation.
- He alone deserves our honor and praise for doing what we couldn’t.
- He took on our sin and put it upon himself, he put himself on the cross and died with our sins on his back. So that for those who believe that truth can have eternal life with him.
- He is the anointed one, the one set apart to do this Salvation work.
- Point #4 Jesus is God’s son
- He is also the Son of God. This isn’t just some man here. This is God.
- This is where we got to pause and think about that. This is God here. He didn’t need to do what he did for us.
- Why would God come down and endure all the pain and hardship of the cross? He is God.
- Phillipians 2:6 says, “who though he was in the form of God did not count equality with God as a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself by taking eh form of a servant, being born in the likeness of man, and being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death even death on the cross.”
- He didn’t do it to please himself. Romans 15:3 states, “ Christ did not please himself but as it is written, the reproaches of those who reproached you fell on me.”
- He did it because He loved you.
- This is good news.
- Mark gives us all of this in verse 1. He want’s us to know who Jesus is, what he did, and why he did it.
- So that we can have a greater appreciation for it.
- So is the Gospel good news for you? Or is it just news?
- Is Jesus a name to you, or is it the name above all names? The name that can save.
- This year my prayer is that we increase our understanding and appreciation for Jesus Christ and the Gospel.
- My prayer is that we preach the Gospel to ourselves, each other, and the world.
- I will close with the words of Paul, “What then? only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice.