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The murder of christ's forerunner may 26, 2013

  1. 1. The Essential Jesus asRevealed in the Gospel of Mark
  2. 2. Gettysburg
  3. 3. The Essential Jesus asRevealed in the Gospel of MarkToday through June 30th
  4. 4. Mark: A Quick Recap▪ The author - “John Mark”- Mentioned 8 times in the NT-Was Roman (Marcus)- Close associate of Apostle Peter
  5. 5. Mark: A Quick Recap▪ The recipients – From evidence fromwithin the book, it appears that Markwas writing his gospel primarily for aRoman audience.
  6. 6. Mark: A Quick Recap▪ “Signature” word: Mark uses a certainword 42 times in his gospel (a word usedonly 7 times in Matthew, twice in John andonce in Luke)- “eutheos” = immediately, straightway
  7. 7. Mark: A Quick RecapMark’s emphasis in his gospel account isnot so much on what Jesus taught as it ison what Jesus did!The Gospel of Mark contains :- Only 18 of the 70 parables of Jesus- Over half of the 35 miracles of Jesus
  8. 8. Mark: A Quick RecapThe Gospel of Mark is a fast-flowingnarrative. Among the gospels it is theGospel of Action!
  9. 9. Gospel of Mark: Gospel ofActionWho was his target audience?Romans!
  10. 10. Gospel of Mark: SignatureWordThe Gospel of Mark is a fast-flowingnarrative. Among the gospels it is theGospel of Action!The Gospel of Mark is also theGospel of Passion!
  11. 11. Gospel of Mark: TheEmotional Side of JesusReferences to the emotions of Jesus:Matthew – 6 referencesLuke – 7 referencesJohn – 4 referencesMark – 16 references to Jesus’emotions!
  12. 12. Gospel of Mark: BackgroundThe Gospel of Mark is the Gospel ofAction and the Gospel of Passion!Very relevant to us in 21st centuryAmerica as we tend to be bothpragmatic and passionate!
  13. 13. Gospel of Mark: ThemeVerse and StructureMark 10:45“For even the Son of Man came not to beserved but to serve, and to give his life asa ransom for many.”
  14. 14. Mark1:15-10:52Mark11:1-15:47Mark16:1-20Mark1:1-14AninformativePROLOGUETheServant’srevelationto the worldACT 1“Even theSon of Mandid notcome to beserved, butto serve. . .ACT 2and to giveHis life aransom formany.”(10:45)TheServant’sservingTheServant’ssacrificeAnincredibleCONCLUSIONTheServant’sresurrectionfrom the tomb(3 ½ years) (8 months)
  15. 15. Yr of Obscurity(Early Judean)Yr of Popularity(Early andMiddle Galilean)Yr of Opposition(Later Galilean,Later Judean,Perean)
  16. 16. The HEARTBEAT of Jesus’ministry . . . the GOSPEL!Mark 1:14-15Now after John was arrested, Jesus cameinto Galilee, proclaiming the gospel ofGod, and saying, “The time is fulfilled,and the kingdom of God is at hand;repent and believe in the gospel.”
  17. 17. The HEARTBEAT of Jesus’ministry . . . the GOSPEL!Mark 1:14-15Now after John was arrested, Jesus cameinto Galilee, proclaiming the gospel ofGod, and saying, “The time is fulfilled,and the kingdom of God is at hand;repent and believe in the gospel.”
  18. 18. The FOCUS of Jesus’ministry . . . PEOPLE!“near”“far”-The disciples (apostles)-The Crowd
  19. 19. Chapters 2-5: We see Jesus . . .- performing miracles- casting out demons- healing the sick- stilling a storm- even raising a girl from the dead- choosing theTwelve- teaching in parables
  20. 20. Chapter 6- vv. 1-6 – Jesus rejected by his hometown- vv. 7-12 – Jesus sending out of theTwelve
  21. 21. Mark 6:14-29The Murder of Messiah’s Forerunner(a.k.a. “Set Up Man”)
  22. 22. The Murder of Messiah’sForerunnerMark 6:14aKing Herod heard of it, for Jesus namehad become known.
  23. 23. The Murder of Messiah’sForerunnerMark 6:14b-15Some said, “John the Baptist has beenraised from the dead.That is why thesemiraculous powers are at work inhim.” But others said, “He is Elijah.” Andothers said, “He is a prophet, like oneof the prophets of old.”
  24. 24. The Murder of Messiah’sForerunnerMark 6:16But when Herod heard of it, he said,“John, whom I beheaded, has beenraised.”
  25. 25. The Murder of Messiah’sForerunnerMark 6:17-18For it was Herod who had sent andseized John and bound him in prison forthe sake of Herodias, his brother Philipswife, because he had married her. ForJohn had been saying to Herod, “It is notlawful for you to have your brotherswife.”
  26. 26. The Herod Family NTTree
  27. 27. The Herod Family NTTree
  28. 28. The Herod Family NTTree
  29. 29. The HerodFamilyTreeTalk about oneVERY twistedfamily tree!
  30. 30. The Murder of Messiah’sForerunnerMark 6:18For John had been saying toHerod, “It is not lawful for you tohave your brothers wife.”
  31. 31. The Murder of Messiah’sForerunnerMark 6:19-20And Herodias had a grudge against himand wanted to put him to death. But shecould not,for Herod feared John,knowing that he was a righteous andholy man, and he kept him safe.When heheard him, he was greatly perplexed,and yet he heard him gladly.
  32. 32. The Murder of Messiah’sForerunnerMark 6:21But an opportunity came when Herodon his birthday gave a banquet for hisnobles and military commanders andthe leading men of Galilee.
  33. 33. The Murder of Messiah’sForerunnerMark 6:22-23For when Herodiass daughter came inand danced, she pleased Herod and hisguests. And the king said to the girl, “Askme for whatever you wish, and I will giveit to you.” And he vowed to her,“Whatever you ask me, I will give you, upto half of my kingdom.”
  34. 34. The Murder of Messiah’sForerunnerMark 6:24-25And she went out and said to hermother, “For what should I ask?” And shesaid, “The head of John the Baptist.” Andshe came in immediately with haste tothe king and asked, saying, “I want youto give me at once the head of Johnthe Baptist on a platter.”
  35. 35. The Murder of Messiah’sForerunnerMark 6:26aAnd the king was exceedingly sorry . . .
  36. 36. The Murder of Messiah’sForerunnerMark 6:26-28And the king was exceedingly sorry, butbecause of his oaths and his guests he didnot want to break his word to her. Andimmediately the king sent an executionerwith orders to bring Johnshead. He wentand beheaded him in the prison andbrought his head on a platter and gave it tothe girl, and the girl gave it to her mother.
  37. 37. The Murder of Messiah’sForerunnerMark 6:29When his disciples heard of it, they cameand took his body and laid it in a tomb.
  38. 38. Today’sTakeawaysWHY did Mark, who for the most part isso economical with his words, spend 15verses in developing a story that had solittle to do with Jesus?
  39. 39. Today’sTakeaways“It is well worth the time(for Mark) to tell the storyof someone whosacrificed his life becauseof his faithfulness. Manyof Mark’s readers wouldbe called to do the same.”(Michael Card)
  40. 40. Today’sTakeaways1. As John the Baptist lived and spokeGod’s truth to his generation - so wemust do the same, no matter what thecost might be!
  41. 41. Today’sTakeaways2. Since the pressure to compromiseour faith is relentless, we must pray forthe courage to say and to do what isright before God!
  42. 42. Herod could have said . . .- “I promised you a gift … I did not promiseto commit a crime . . . ”- “I promised to favorYOU, not yourmother . . . ”-“I was wrong to make such a vow tomurder a prophet of God let alone anyonefor that matter . . . ”“. . . so ask me for something else!”
  43. 43. Today’sTakeaways2. Since the pressure to compromiseour faith is relentless, we must pray forthe courage to say and to do what isright before God!

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