HS WEEK #5: numbered amongst sinners

Pastor Dave Williams speaking on Mark 1:9. Jesus came from the least to save the least, and to be numbered amongst sinners even though He had no sin.

Mark 1


  • The Gospel is good news
  • Jesus came to save you but he also came to change you
  • Gospel is the greatest equalizer

Mark 1:9

  • Mark 1: “9 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 


  • The first thing I see here is that Mark is indicated where Jesus came from.
  • It says that he came from Galilee. Galilee started off as a Israelite town but then it was conquered by the Assyrians and quickly became a gentile town. It was incredibly impoverished and had a very small continent of Jews living up there.
  • In fact when the Pharisees heard that Christ came from there this is what they said
  • “ Surely the Christ is not going to come from Galilee is he?” Jn. 7:41
  • Nothing good could come from there.
  • It was least of the least.
  • Yet, they must of forgot that it was prophesied by Isaiah that in chapter 9, ““But there will be no more gloom for her who was in anguish; in earlier times He treated the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali with contempt, but later on He shall make it glorious, by the way of the sea, on the other side of Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles.”
  • Getting back to the theme of this year of : Who is Jesus, we see something in where he chose to come.
  • Point #1: God is the savior of the sinners.
  • See everyone knew that Galileans were poor, uneducated, weak, and feeble. They knew it and so did everyone else.
  • However, if you lived in Jerusalem, which was south of Galilee, you had wealth, stature, access to education, religion, and the means.
  • I find that the more I see my weakness the greater need I have for Jesus in my life. But the more I think I have it figured out the more distant God becomes.
  • Jesus came from the least to save the least.

Christians don’t mix well with the religious

  • v9 “In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.”
  • So now we see that Jesus is from this outback town but now we get some context of where John the Baptist is choosing to do ministry as well.
  • As Sean indicated last week, John was a Priest’s son who left the ministry to follow the calling that God had on his life. He traded the comfort of Jerusalem for the calling of Christ.
  • But look where it took him: The Jordan river.
  • We have Jesus staying clear of Jerusalem and we see John the Baptist staying clear of Jerusalem as well.
  • Point #2 Christians don’t mix well with the religious.
  • See Jerusalem was full of people that professed to know God but truly didn’t follow him.
  • Today there are nearly 2.2 Billion people in the world that claim to be Christians, nearly 31% of the world population.
  • However, if they were truly relationally-christian instead of religiously-ones the world would be different.
  • Think about how many go to your school and say that they are Christian but seemingly don’t have a problem partying or sleeping around?
  • John the Baptist didn’t mix well there, Jesus stayed clear of there until it was time for him to die.
  • You have to find people that are striving for God like you are and go all in there. That is where you will be mutually strengthened and encouraged.
  • It is not that we excommunicate from them but we see where they are at: spiritually immature and my job is to minister to them not be fed by them.
  • You have to be careful on who you call a peer.

Mark 1:9

  • Mark 1: “9 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.
  • Was baptized by John.
  • Now the interesting thing is that we go back and read verse 5 that John was baptizing them as to way in which they were going to confess sin.
  • Yet Jesus had no sin why is he being baptized?
  • In fact John in Matthew  3:14 said as much, “14 John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” 15 But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he consented.”
  • In one way this is John recognizing that Jesus is God and he is not. But Jesus’s response is what is most telling.
  • “Let it be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.”
  • Jesus, through baptism, identified with sinners.
  • Isaiah 53:11-12 says this: Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied; by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities. 12 Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong, because he poured out his soul to death and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and makes intercession for the transgressors.
  • Point #3 Jesus became numbered amongst the sinners
  • Christ, in this one act identified himself as a transgressor. Not that he ever sinned but that he bore our sins.
  • He first chose to be born into a messy jacked-up situation and his first act of ministry is to be numbered amongst the sinners.
  • Of course this is foreshadowing the cross and how he wont just be numbered with the sinners he will actually become our sin as Paul says in 2 Cor. 5:21 That God, “made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”
  • Christ traded places with you. It sounds so simple and so basic but yet it is so deep and so profound. God, perfect, holy and just God came down and became our sin.


  • This past week I got to serve the elementary kids on Sunday. First off a couple of those kids truly need spankings!!! However, during the morning they gather all the kids together to listen to someone lead them in song and then hear from Ashley as she shares the message from the Word.
  • That mornings lesson was on Jesus and his sacrifice for us. That he took our place on the cross that we deserved. As I looked across the room I saw young people stop playing around and listen to what she was saying. The more she spoke about Christ’s sacrifice the more you could see that it was impacting her as well. And in a moment she cried.
  • I couldn’t help but shed a few tears as well when I thought about Christ’s willingness to trade places with me. A sinner, helpless and alone, God came down and saved my life.
  • This is what Jesus did. He went into the water to be counted with sinners, placed on the cross so he could become our sin, and rose again so we could rise with him.
  • All glory be to christ our king.
  • Listen to the words of this song we sing:
  • When on the day the great I Am The faithful and the true
  • The Lamb who was for sinners slain Is making all things new
  • Behold our God shall live with us And be our steadfast light
  • And we shall e’er his people be All glory be to Christ!

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