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Mark: Christ, Chief Cornerstone


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God Revealed. Mark's Gospel

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Mark: Christ, Chief Cornerstone

  1. 1. The Gospels Acts of the Apostles Paul’s Letters Other Letters Revelation A Walkthru’ of the New Testament Lesson 3 - Mark: Christ, Chief Cornerstone
  2. 2.  Matthew: God’s Kingdom on Earth  Mark: Christ, Chief Cornerstone  Luke: Son of Man Seeks and Saves  John: Life to the Full
  3. 3.  Background of Mark  Christ Chief Cornerstone – Isa 28:16, Mk 12:10,11 ◦ Messiah ◦ Miracles ◦ Ministry Journey  Rejected by the Builders  Other Stones in the Quarry ◦ Devil and his followers –MIllstones ◦ Scribes and Pharisees – whitewashed tombstone ◦ Herod – Stones of destruction ◦ Others (Mostly Jews) – heart of stone ◦ Disciples – Living Stones  What stones are we made of?
  5. 5. “Have you not even read this Scripture: 'THE STONE WHICH THE BUILDERS REJECTED, THIS BECAME THE CHIEF CORNER stone;” Mark 12:10 (NASB)
  6. 6. The chief cornerstone is the reference on which the whole building is constructed
  7. 7.  Shortest of the synoptic gospels written about 64 A.D.  Author, John Mark who accompanied Paul and Barnabas on their mission trips.  Possibly written at the urging of Peter (his companion in Rome), based on Peter’s first hand experiences with Jesus.  Written in Greek directed to the Gentiles. [1]
  8. 8.  Acknowledged Son of God by: ◦ Mark (1:1) ◦ Holy Spirit at the baptism 1:11 ◦ God at the transfiguration 9:7 ◦ Peter at his confession 8:11 ◦ Demons 5:7 ◦ Himself before high priest 14:61, etc.  Interestingly, Christ always addresses himself as Son of Man, possibly, so as not to aggravate religious leaders, possibly prophetically.
  9. 9.  Starts from Nazareth at age 30, goes down to the desert of Judea to be tempted, moves north to Samaria, Galilee, (first 8 chapters)  Visits his home town twice  Finally goes back to Jerusalem for crucifixion (last 8 chapters)
  10. 10.  27 miracles, far more than other gospels.  Power over the sea, the dead, the demons, etc.  “immediately” is used often indicating urgency, spontaneity  Teaching is less, focus is on activity.
  11. 11.  Dynamic display of divine power, met with great opposition.  Source - Jewish religious leaders  Opposition covers a bulk of the gospel.  Apt responses from Christ hoping to win over stony hearted.
  12. 12. Religious Rejection Christ’s Response Condemn eating with sinners ch 2 “The well have no need of a physician..” Condemn eating on sabbath ch 2 Sabbath for man, Lord of Sabbath Condemn healing on sabbath ch 3 Restored what man destroyed Casting devil by devil ch 3 House against itself cannot stand Eating with unwashed hands ch 7 What comes out defiles not what goes in Ask for sign ch 8 No sign except Jonah-death, resurrection Plot to kill Christ – ch 14 Prophecies hatred for disciples Make temple a business centre ch 10 Father’s house “den of thieves” Question authority ch 11 Another question – John’s authority Conspired to kill the heir ch 11 Rejected stone – cornerstone Question on taxes ch 11 Render to Caesar what belongs to him Believe in no Resurrection ch 11 New life altogether, new benchmarks Spread influence like yeast ch 11 Beware of these people
  13. 13. Religious leaders then Religious Leaders Now Condemn eating with sinners ch 2 Associating with rich Condemn eating on sabbath ch 2 New rules, experiences Condemn healing on sabbath ch 3 Replace power of word with fuzz Casting devil by devil ch 3 No synergy with fellow Christian leaders Eating with unwashed hands ch 7 Show biz, charisma, marketing Ask for sign ch 8 Pretend signs Plot to kill Christ – ch 14 Kill Christ by fake events Make temple a business centre ch 10 Making Christ’s work a business Question authority ch 11 Self acclaimed authority Conspired to kill the heir ch 11 Throwing Christ out (activity focus) Question on taxes ch 11 No accountability Believe in no Resurrection ch 11 Live as if only current life matters Spread influence like yeast ch 11 Spread false doctrine – prosperity,etc
  14. 14. Christ continues to be rejected today – more by the Church than the rest of the world.
  15. 15. Yet there are the few true followers among the religious leaders even today, like Jairus and the scribe in His time.
  16. 16. In His time as now, Christ was accepted by the few true seekers from all walks of life  Scribe (who asked greatest commandment)  Centurian (a Roman)  Jarius the Jew  Samaritan – crumbs  Leper  paralytic (historically, the Roman leader second most powerful in world)  Disciples Note: From the ministry journey and reach, Jesus reached Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and uttermost parts of the world – as He calls us to.
  17. 17.  What caused the intense blindness of religious leaders (then and now)?  How are we in danger of partial blindness based on same causes?  What attitudes do we see in the sincere followers in Christ’s time that we can emulate?
  18. 18.  Satan and his followers –millstones around the neck; Lk 17:2, Mk 9:42  Scribes and Pharisees – whitewashed tombstones – Matt 23:27, Mk 7:15  Herod – Stones of destruction – Luke 18:41- 44, Mk 13:2  Others (mostly Jews) – heart of stone – Ezek 11:19  Disciples – Living Stones – 1 Peter 2:5
  19. 19. "If anyone causes one of these little ones-- those who believe in me--to stumble, it would be better for them if a large millstone were hung around their neck and they were thrown into the sea.
  20. 20. Nothing outside a person can defile them by going into them. Rather, it is what comes out of a person that defiles them."Mk 7:15. Matt 23:27
  21. 21. And Jesus said to him, "Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone will be left upon another which will not be torn down.“ Mark 13:2, Luke 19:41-44
  22. 22. Stones of the Temple built by Herod weighed between few tons to 160,000 pounds. They were heaved 50 feet over the Western support wall onto the street below, during the destruction of the Temple by the Romans on August 10, 70 AD. [2]
  23. 23. Soldiers set the fire to Herod’s Temple. To recover the gold that melted between the stones, they pried every block apart and literally left not one stone on another [2]
  24. 24.  After looking around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart, He said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored. Mark 3:5  But Jesus said to them, "Because of your hardness of heart he wrote you this commandment. Mark 10:5 Note: Jesus even chides his disciples for having hardened hearts (6:51,2l;8:17) but later they become living stones
  25. 25.  4 As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, 5 you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
  26. 26.  In what ways can we behave like whitewashed tombstone, stones of destruction or have a heart of stone even as Christians?  What steps can we take to increase our composition to be living stones?  As Christ’s living stones, what can we expect living as His disciple?
  27. 27. 1. 2. essons/StonesDestruction.html