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Discover the Book - Aug. 2, 2009

  • 2009 Aug 02

Mining for Gold in the Gospels


Study the person of Jesus Christ through:

1.      His reputation (what others said about Him) - Mark 1

2.      His actions (what He did) - Mark 2

3.      His self-description (what He said about Himself) -


These three facets paint a three dimensional picture of Jesus Christ which we call a Christology.


                                                 HIS REPUTATION - MARK 1


                                                            JESUS IS DIVINE


Mark 1:7And he (John the Baptist) preached, saying, “There comes One after me who is mightier than I, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to stoop down and loose.”


The first thing we learn about Jesus Christ when we hear other people talk about him in The Gospel by Mark - He is divine.  The people that rubbed shoulders with Jesus Christ, the people that knew him personally, the people that met Him, that talked with Him, that walked with Him, that ate with Him, that got to know Him on an intimate personal level were overwhelmingly aware that He was greater than the greatest of all humans.  He was not merely a man, but He was divine.  The Bible teaches us that Jesus Christ is divine. 


                                                      HIS ACTIONS - MARK 2


                                                      JESUS FORGIVES SINS


Mark 2:5   When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven you.”  


Have you ever thought of what the people of that day went through on a daily basis to deal with sin?  They had:


ü      lambs that had to be raised

ü      wood that had to be carried in

ü      a whole core of thousands of priests that had to examine the lambs to make sure they were unblemished and clean

ü      a whole crew that had to:

ü      slit the throats

ü      catch the blood

ü      skin the thing

ü      clean it out

ü      throw all the refuse out by the trash pile

ü      put the lamb piled in pieces on top of the dry wood

ü      burn it

ü      when they got all done, they had to carry out all the ashes

ü      carry the blood in and pour it around the base of the altar


And all that was not even to forgive sins, it was just to temporarily cover them.


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