Monday – The Life of Christ – The Beginning of Mark’s Gospel
(From the beginning of January through Easter our Devotionals will come from the Gospel of Mark and will be coordinated with Pastor Ben’s series on the Life of Christ from the Gospel of Mark)
The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. As it is written in Isaiah the prophet: Behold, I send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way; the voice of one crying in the wilderness, make ready the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. Mark 1:1-3
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
In the very beginning God laid out His purposes for His creation and in the end He will bring about those purposes fully. In between God is looking for what someone has termed, “an approximation of the consummation.” In the hearts and lives of individuals, in families, in communities, in society, in nations, and throughout the entire world, God expects some correspondence to those purposes He established for His creation and will someday accomplish entirely. However, from the beginning, we, as the people of earth, have gone astray by going our own way and doing our own thing. Consequently, apart from Divine intervention, the correspondence God intends for his creation to his purposes will always be very meager. Thankfully, Divine intervention is a part of the equation since the advent (Christmas) of Christ.
We are beginning a new series from the Gospel of Mark on the life of Christ. Mark starts off his account of the life Christ by calling it, “the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.” Jesus Christ, God’s Son, came to make a difference and that is truly good news (gospel). Throughout this series we will see this difference” in its fullness. In reality, Christianity as Christ established it is not rocket science - we can understand it, but it does bring the supreme challenge – will we let Christ make all the difference in our lives and let Him use us to make that same difference in the world (the gone astray, go your own way, do your own thing world) we live in every day? The life Christ calls us to and the life He wants to offer to the world through us is a life that runs counter to the culture of that very world. And so for willing Christians, a revolutionary and demanding path lies ahead. Are we prepared to address the corruption of our culture with the life altering message and power of Jesus Christ. If so, it means we are first willing to let the Holy Spirit discover and root out anything of the corruption of our culture that is still a part of our lives. His “straight paths” must become our “straight paths.” And then it means we are His to use however He wants to use us to make a difference in our world today.
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, I am so thankful that you are an intervening God. Without the intervention of Christ’s advent there would be absolutely no hope for this fallen and corrupt world. I am so thankful for the hope that is mine and the difference Christ makes. I want the Good news to be the heartbeat of my life. I choose your “straight paths” and open my heart and life to you to discover and root out all falleness and corruption. I am yours to use however you want to use me to make a difference in our world today. Amen!
Posted on Mon, January 8, 2018
by Ken Hart