Wednesday, January 29, 2014

real talk // i know how you feel....

my church is going through the book of Mark this year. yes, it's going to take us an entire year (at the least) to go through this compact gospel book. this past sunday was our third sunday in this series & we studied Mark 1:9-15. below are my notes.

these verses are divided into 3 snippets:

snippet 1 | verses 9-11
In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heaves being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, "You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased."

snippet 2 | verses 12-13
The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. And he was in the wilderness 40 days, being tempted by Satan. and he was with the wild animals, and the angels were ministering to him.

snippet 3 | verses 14-15
Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel."

compared to the other gospel books, Mark is very compact. he doesn't go into too much detail in these three snippets, as the other gospel books do. the central point of all 3 of these snippets is to show Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God. the book of Mark holds up that image - the author doesn't necessarily go into every detail, but he records enough to show that Jesus is the Son of God.

snippet 1 | God didn't say "You are my beloved son; with you I am well pleased" because Jesus needed affirmation. Jesus knew He is the Messiah. rather, God said this to make a declaration for all to see that Jesus is the Son of God.

snippet 2 | the author doesn't go into detail of the struggle Jesus went through in the wilderness. he simply points out that Jesus is victorious through this temptation. the point is that He is not a detached deity that is watching the world from a distance, but the incarnate Son of God that can identify with our needs.

snippet 3 | there are three things that make you a good persuasive speaker: words that are true, speaking to something with passion, and credibility to speak to the matters you're speaking to. Jesus is the Word, so every word he says is true. Jesus has passion. He identifies with the frailty of the human condition because He has been 100% human... so He has earned the credibility to speak into our lives.

you know how when you are hurting & someone says to you "i know how you feel..." & you think to yourself "no, you don't know how i feel, you haven't been what i've been through..."
well, Jesus is the only one with the credibility to say "i know how you feel" and be true & honest. He can identify with us because He has been there.

the point of the gospel wasn't simply for Jesus to come & die. if that was the case, He would've died on day one. instead, he lived 30 something years in the same world that we live in. so, when you are hurting, be comforted by the fact that you can go to He who understands what you're going through.

when you're hurting, you're more likely to go to a friend that understands you than a professional that will give you 10 ways to feel better. yet, with Jesus, we get both. He's been there... He came sympathize with our weaknesses and He also knows the solution we need. because of Him, we have hope.

Hebrews 2:14-18
Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery. For surely it is not angels that he helps, but he helps the offspring of Abraham. Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

Hebrews 4:14-16
Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.


  1. Well... this is what we talked about in our kids program at church tonight. I even read them Hebrews 4:14-16. Good truths!

  2. ahh crazy!! there is so much truth here!!! :)

  3. Thank you for sharing your faith week with us! Continued Blessings!

  4. I think that is so awesome that you're church is taking the time to slowly and thoughtfully study this book. Too often Scripture is skimmed over--and you lose out on the truths that you could learn when you take the time to look at individual verses and put more thought into your study. On that note--it's been a good long while since I've read the book of Mark!

  5. thank you for your sweet comment! :)

  6. i agree so much!! when we skim over Scripture as the norm & don't take the time to dig in, we really miss so much!! :) it's been a few years since i've gone through Mark also - you should read it with us! (although you may get done a bit faster lol)