HS WEEK #7: The Kingdom and the King

High School Director Sean Duncan speaking on Mark 1:12-15. Sean shared on the response to authority and on the King proclaiming the Kingdom

 

When it comes to authority figures in our lives we always seem to respond in one of three ways. Think of being pulled over by the police, or seeing the lights flash in your rearview mirror. Well if you’ve ever watched Cops you know that sometimes people know they are guilty so they flee! Maybe in your own life you have or someone you know has been pulled over and they or you plead for grace and mercy knowing they/you broke the law “I’m sorry! It won’t happen again!”. Or there are those who see those lights in the rear view and you know you haven’t broken any laws, so there is a sense of comfort, of peace, knowing you will get to enjoy the benefits of being in the right at that moment.

And these are the three ways we can respond to what Jesus says in Mark 1:15

Mark 1:12-15

12 The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. 13 And he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. And he was with the wild animals, and the angels were ministering to him.

14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

  • We believe that the universe did not create itself. That there is a God that made every single thing.We also believe that there is a problem with humanity. That rebellion has separated all humans from God, and That Jesus is the only one who can intercede for us before God and who can restore us to God for eternity.
  • Despite this problem with us, God’s plan to redeem humanity has been in place since the very beginning. The beauty of the Gospels is that we get to see how God is able to restore humanity through Jesus Christ. And that is what we are seeing here in Mark

We are getting a window into Jesus correcting, fulfilling, and improving humanity.

God’s plan to redeem humanity

Our story begins in Genesis.

  • God created humans with purpose – to walk with Him, bring order to creation, and glorify God.
  • Humanity is to subdue creation – which includes the serpent (Satan)
  • Satan tempted Eve and Adam
  • Adam and Eve sin – Submit to Satan and their own desires – give in to temptation

God’s plan to restore humanity took off as soon as humanity sinned.

– God promises a seed (descendant of the woman) to crush the serpent (Satan)

– God promises to bless all the nations through Abraham

– God gave His Law – That when completely abided in will restore man back to God

But, Everyone fails at the law. 3:23 – “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” James 2:10 – “For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty of all of it.”

– God Promises a king to come from the line of David that will bring about the Messiah -The anointed one who will save.

12 The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. 13 And he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. And he was with the wild animals, and the angels were ministering to him.

Jesus fulfilling what we failed to do

  • Adam and Eve were to subdue creation and Satan in the beauty and luxury of the Garden
  • Jesus  subdues creation/Satan in the desolation and discomfort of the desert.
  • Adam and Eve submit to Creation/Satan, and listen to the snake
  • Jesus does not submit to creation/Satan, He does not listen to the snake

Jesus had to restore humanity in every aspect, accomplishing what we had failed to do. 

Notice in verse 12, Jesus is completely submissive to the spirit. Jesus, who is God, submits to the figure and authority that is the Holy Spirit. The end of verse 13 we see Jesus amongst the wild animals and being ministered to by angels.

Isaiah 11 – tells us that the coming messiah would be a new David, a King, who would be amongst the wild animals and have peace between them.

13 ends with Jesus in a place a peace —> but is important the order.

Jesus only is experiencing this peace after His submission and obedience to the spirit.

We can only experience peace in our life after submission and obedience to the Spirit in our life.

14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

  • As dave said a few weeks ago, Galilee is a the lowest of low, nothing good comes from Galilee, it doesn’t have much. Yet this is where Jesus choses to go first to proclaim the good news of God. Jesus goes to those who have nothing and offers them everything (the kingdom).
  • The good news of God, all throughout scripture, is that God will bring salvation and restoration to His people through repentance and by giving a righteous image in His servant Messiah Jesus Christ.
  • The time is fulfilled – the prophetic awaiting has been fulfilled in the culmination of this event in Jesus.
  • The Kingdom of God is at hand – The Kingdom of God brings right relationship with God, the protection of the King, the everlasting promise of eternal life with God, peace and restoration, glory, honor,  and peace.
    • It is at hand, it is here, in reach and obtainable. inaugurated but not consummated.

The kingdom of God is God’s people in God’s place under God’s Rule.

  • If there is a Kingdom then there is a King
  • Jesus is the King

And there are three ways of which people can respond to this authority

    • flee knowing they are guilty
      • plead for grace mercy knowing what they did was wrong

or

    • think they are innocent and therefore will enjoy the benefits of the Kingdom (Romans 3:23, James 2:10 – no one is innocent)

Jesus tells us how we should respond, and how we can obtain the Kingdom of God.

Jesus tells us repent and believe in the gospel.

Jesus states this for everyone, he does not say “to those who have sinned, repent and believe”

no, he says,

“Repent and believe” because it is EVERYONE that has sinned.

  • Repent – turn from your sin – recognize that you can not do it on your own
  • Believe – trust and adhere to/obey

 

To those who have not given their life to Jesus and taken him to be your Lord and Savior.

The king has come, The kingdom is at hand

Do you flee knowing you are guilty? do you feel so broken and sinful that you don’t think Jesus can’t forgive you?

No one is to sinful that they can’t have Jesus

Do you think you are innocent? Do you think that you have never sinned and don’t need Jesus? do you think you have earned the benefits of the Kingdom on your own?

No one is so righteous that they don’t need Jesus

For everyone I’d hope that you see yourself right in the middle

“God, I am guilty in my ways against you. I am not good enough on my own. I need Jesus, his life, death, and resurrection to pay for my sins and give me a righteous image before you”

No one is too bad they can’t have Jesus, and No one is so good they don’t need Jesus

For those of you in Christ, What is your response to authority?

When the King proclaims the Kingdom, you repented and believed

But what about the proclamations of other authorities in your life?

your parents – when you are told to clean your room do you respect that authority? or do you deny it and act against it?

your teachers – When you are given clear instructions on a paper do you follow them? or are you copy and pasting off spark notes? breaking their rules and denying them as an authoritative figure.

The Spirit – If you are in Christ then you have the spirit of God dwelling inside you, do you listen to the pull of the spirit to wake up in the morning and spend time in Gods word? or do you deny it and instead submit to your own desires? what about when the spirit prompts you to share the gospel with your classmate? but instead you decide to just look at your phone instead of engaging in conversation? Jesus submitted to the Spirit, why don’t you?

The scriptures – God has revealed Himself and His will to humanity through the word. When scripture tells us not to enter into sexual behavior outside the covenant of marriage, are we listening? or do we deny the authority of scripture and disobey Gods commands? what about when scripture tells us that “he who hates his brother has committed murder in his heart? how many murdered someone today?

Every 4 years when there is a presidential election I see this. people protest and picket with signs. “NOT MY PRESIDENT” That sign does not change the fact that if you are a U.S. citizen, the president is in fact your president. All you have actually done is begun to give up your rights as a citizen. You can’t deny authority, you can only actually deny the benefits of the authority, which is that sense of peace.

Are you standing with a sign “NOT MY KING” ?

Jesus is King, regardless of what you or I say, do, or think.

the only thing that can change is weather or not we are in the kingdom

and we can only be in the kingdom of the king if we repent and believe in the Gospel

Believe that God Himself took on flesh and lived a perfect life, the life that we couldn’t. And the God went and was nailed to a cross dying a death that we deserved. A death to pay for our sins if we believe, and a life that makes us be seen as righteous before the eyes of God. Jesus is now enthroned at the right had of God ruling for eternity.

You can deny the benefits of the kingdom but you can’t deny the authority of the king. 

You can deny the Kingdom but you can’t deny the King

Give your life to christ

repent and believe in the Gospel

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