Beginnings Matthew: “An account of the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham.” Luke: “Since many have undertaken to set down an orderly account of the events that have been fulfilled among us…”
“The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.” Not “story,” “information,” or “doctrine” Continuity and newness
The Gospel of God Isaiah 40:9-11; Isaiah 52:7-10 present participle; the one who brings good news Exile; sentinel; news from the front; God is here, God is victorious Romans 1:1-6; 1 Thess 2:1-2; 3:2 At the heart of who God is
In the wilderness Decentering of God‟s good news Found on the edge and also belongs there Goes beyond the boundaries of where we thought God was supposed to be
Cosmic: separating humanity from God Religious or Ceremonial: separating unacceptable from acceptable Political: separating oppressed from powerful Ethnic and Geographic: separating peoples Ultimate or Existential: separating life and death
The Word of God In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. Origin Relationship Identity
John 1:14And the Wordbecame flesh andlived among us, andwe have seen hisglory, the glory as ofa fathers onlyson, full of grace andtruth.
Endings They said nothing to anyone for they were afraid… Additional Endings A new beginning? Not tidy, no tying up loose ends
Grace upon grace… 25 But there are also many other things that Jesus did; if every one of them were written down, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.
Two Entirely Different Gospels Immediacy and three-year ministry Gospel and Word Suffering Christ and the Jesus in control Active Jesus and reflective Jesus
The Beatitudes„Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. „Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. „Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. „Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, forthey will be filled. „Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy. „Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. „Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children ofGod. „Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness‟ sake, fortheirs is the kingdom of heaven. „Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you andutter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice andbe glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way theypersecuted the prophets who were before you.
Good News to the PoorWhen he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, hewent to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom.He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah wasgiven to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place whereit was written:„The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor.He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free,to proclaim the year of the Lord‟s favour.‟And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, andsat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him.Then he began to say to them, „Today this scripture has beenfulfilled in your hearing.‟
A Sign of AbundanceOn the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and themother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples had also beeninvited to the wedding. When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesussaid to him, „They have no wine.‟ And Jesus said to her, „Woman,what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.‟His mother said to the servants, „Do whatever he tells you.‟ Nowstanding there were six stone water-jars for the Jewish rites ofpurification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said tothem, „Fill the jars with water.‟ And they filled them up to the brim.He said to them, „Now draw some out, and take it to the chiefsteward.‟ So they took it. When the steward tasted the water thathad become wine, and did not know where it came from (though theservants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called thebridegroom and said to him, „Everyone serves the good wine first,and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. Butyou have kept the good wine until now.‟ Jesus did this, the first ofhis signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciplesbelieved in him.
Crossing Boundaries21 They went to Capernaum; and when the sabbath came, heentered the synagogue and taught. 22They were astounded athis teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, andnot as the scribes. 23Just then there was in their synagogue aman with an unclean spirit, 24and he cried out, „What haveyou to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come todestroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.‟25But Jesus rebuked him, saying, „Be silent, and come out ofhim!‟ 26And the unclean spirit, throwing him into convulsionsand crying with a loud voice, came out of him. 27They wereall amazed, and they kept on asking one another, „What isthis? A new teaching—with authority! He commands eventhe unclean spirits, and they obey him.‟ 28At once his famebegan to spread throughout the surrounding region ofGalilee.
Lenten Themes The Boundary Crossing God Where is God? What Jesus do you need and when? Who do you say that I am?
Typically temptation of Jesus 9 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized byJohn in the Jordan. 10 And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens tornapart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. 11 And a voice came from heaven, "You are my Son, the Beloved; with youI am well pleased." 12 And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. 13 He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was withthe wild beasts; and the angels waited on him. 14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the goodnews of God, 15 and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has comenear; repent, and believe in the good news."
KJV Mark 1:10 And straightway coming up out of thewater, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like adove descending upon him.NAS Mark 1:10 And immediately coming up out of thewater, He saw the heavens opening, and the Spirit like adove descending upon Him.NRS Mark 1:10 And just as he was coming up out of thewater, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spiritdescending like a dove on him.NIV Mark 1:10 As Jesus was coming up out of the water, hesaw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending onhim like a dove.NKJ Mark 1:10 And immediately, coming up from thewater, He saw the heavens parting and the Spiritdescending upon Him like a dove. Mark 1:10
Mark 1:40-45 40 A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on his knees,"If you are willing, you can make me clean." 41 Filled with compassion, Jesus reached out his hand and touchedthe man. "I am willing," he said. "Be clean!" 42 Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cured. 43 Jesus sent him away at once with a strong warning: 44 "See that you dont tell this to anyone. But go, show yourself tothe priest and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for yourcleansing, as a testimony to them." 45 Instead he went out and began to talk freely, spreading thenews. As a result, Jesus could no longer enter a town openly butstayed outside in lonely places. Yet the people still came to himfrom everywhere. (Mar 1:40-45 NIV)
Kingdom of God is Near 13 He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was withthe wild beasts; and the angels waited on him. 14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the goodnews of God, 15 and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has comenear; repent, and believe in the good news."
Service as Mark of Discipleship As soon as they left the synagogue, they entered 29 the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. 30 Now Simons mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told him about her at once. 31 He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up. Then the fever left her, and she began to serve them. 45 For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many." (Mar 10:45 NRS)