“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
Endings They said nothing to anyone for they were afraid… Additional Endings A new beginning? Not tidy, no tying up loose ends
KJV Mark 1:10 And straightway coming up out of thewater, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dovedescending 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 Spirit descendingupon Him like a dove. Mark 1:10
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Mark 15:38 And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. Kai. to. katape,tasma tou/ naou/ evsci,sqh eivj du,o avpV a;nwqen e[wj ka,twÅ
The Lonely Places 12And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness.
Mark 1:40-45 40 A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on hisknees, "If you are willing, you can make me clean." 41 Filled with compassion, Jesus reached out his hand andtouched the 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, showyourself to the priest and offer the sacrifices that Mosescommanded for your cleansing, as a testimony to them." 45 Instead he went out and began to talk freely, spreadingthe news. As a result, Jesus could no longer enter a townopenly but stayed outside in lonely places. Yet the peoplestill came to him from everywhere. (Mar 1:40-45 NIV)
Public Ministry Four exorcisms Intrusion Disturbs people What binds people and frees them Divine authority over all other authorities
The Central Section Mark 8:22-10:52 Framed by healings of blind menCaesarea PhilippiThree Passion predictionsThe Transfiguration
22 They came to Bethsaida. Some Jesus Cures apeople brought a blind man to himand begged him to touch him. 23He Blind Man attook the blind man by the hand andled him out of the village; and when Bethsaidahe had put saliva on his eyes and laidhis hands on him, he asked him, „Canyou see anything?‟ 24And the manlooked up and said, „I can seepeople, but they look liketrees, walking.‟ 25Then Jesus laid hishands on his eyes again; and helooked intently and his sight wasrestored, and he saw everythingclearly. 26Then he sent him away tohis home, saying, „Do not even go intothe village.‟
The Healing of Blind Bartimaeus10:46 They came to Jericho. As he and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside. 47When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say, „Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!‟ 48Many sternly ordered him to bequiet, but he cried out even more loudly, „Son of David, have mercy on me!‟ 49Jesus stood still and said, „Call him here.‟ And they called the blind man, saying to him, „Take heart; get up, he is calling you.‟ 50So throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. 51Then Jesus said to him, „What do you want me to do for you?‟ The blind man said to him, „My teacher, let me see again.‟ 52Jesus said to him, „Go; your faith has made you well.‟ Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way.