Pastor Dave williams speaks on Mark 1:10-11. Dave shares how Jesus was the sacrifice but that God the Father had to give the sacrifice. The baptism of Jesus was the preamble to the Cross. How we talk about God and how we view him greatly influences how we feel about him.
10 And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11 And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”
- Now if you remember from last week that as Christ was being baptized he was also stating that he too will be numbered with the sinners. He will be seen as sin so that we can be seen as Holy.
- Again reading from 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.
- Christ counted himself as one of us and in this process left the throne to come down.
- It says that when he came out of the water the heavens were torn open.
- That word torn literally means a schism—or divide. The Heavens were ripped open.
- Isaiah, in chapter 64:1, when prophesying about this day says “ Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains might quake at your presence.
- This is revealing of Christ. This is not simply a few clouds parting but the heavens being split open the mountains shaking.
- The only other time that this word is used in describing a situation involving Christ is when he died in chapter 15. It says there that once Christ died the veil in the temple was torn—or a schism was created—in two.
- So one way in looking at it is that this first tearing is the beginning of Christ’s work and the tearing of the veil is him completing his salvation work on the earth.
- But I think the main point here is that Christ is revealing himself and his purpose to them and to us. He came to be numbered amongst sinners but he was still God.
- It is crazy to me to think that how many people saw this event but didn’t respond.
- The heavens were torn open yet hearts remained closed.
- Maybe your heart isn’t closed to God but is it a little hardened towards him?
- Point #1 – I have said this before but how we talk about God, how we view him, greatly influences how we feel about him.
- Let me give you an example. The past year I have felt a desire to increase my prayer life. So I got a book on prayer. I actually bought quite a few books on prayer and they all had great things about prayer and how to posture myself in the position of the creature in front of the creator. They gave me the prescription for prayer and it was all great stuff. But I was still getting distracted and or I would run out of things to pray for.
- A while ago I was given another book on prayer, it was a small book but the most powerful book about prayer I have read. The premise of the book was to commit to praying through the Bible.
- I would start with Psalms 23: The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want.
- “Lord thank you for being my shepherd that you chose me and love me.”
- He leads me besides still waters.
- “Lord, I trust your leading and where you are calling me to drink.”
- See what it was doing was changing my prayer life to be centered on praising God. Elevating him about myself and my situation.
- “Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I shall fear no evil for you are with me.”
- I began to speak about God differently and I began to see my circumstances differently as well.
- But the people didn’t get that. They saw a man standing there not the Christ.
- the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11 And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”
- Sean shared that John traded the comfort for the calling. Last week we see that Jesus did as well. He left heaven to be numbered with sinners. He accepted the calling and all it’s costs.
- But look how God the Father and the Holy Spirit interact with Jesus.
- First we see the Holy Spirit descend from Heaven and rest on Jesus like a dove would.
- Isaiah 11:2 And the Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD.
- Jesus is the perfect model of submission. He never resisted the Spirit. Never grieved the Holy Spirit. Never quenched the Spirit. But submitted to it.
- He had already submitted to the father and later on admitted that he would only do what he saw his father do. Jn 5.
- It was this act of submission that led to salvation.
- Look at what God the Father’s reaction is to Christ: And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”
- Look at the affectionate tone that God used with his son. “You” not “this” but “you.” You are my son.
- I couldn’t imagine the weight of those words knowing that from the beginning to time you knew that in order to save your creation you would have to send your son. Your only son, to die.
- God the father in this short sentence is revealing his heart. Christ would be the sacrifice but the Father had to sacrifice.
- Listen to God’s words he spoke in Isaiah 42 about his son: Behold my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights, I have put my Spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations.
- He gave him up for you and I.
- He goes on to say that He is well pleased. Guys tonight, if you are struggling posturing your heart towards God I would encourage you to do what I did. Start praying his words.
- The Bible is God’s words about Himself. It is the story of Christ. When we begin to speak that truth into our lives it changes our view of him.
- You see the Holy Spirit gently rest on Jesus and the Father proclaim his love and affection for His son.
- What is our reaction to Christ?
- He did what we couldn’t.
- See this baptism story is a preamble to the cross.
- Except instead of the spirit going down it left. Instead of the Father being pleased he had to execute his righteous judgement on Him for us.
- So that now God’s sprit can come down and live in us. That God can say to us today that we are his sons and daughters.