"Meanderings in Mark"
Series on Mark, Lesson 2
One of Us
Read: Mark 1:9-13
Text: Mark 1:13 (KJV) And he was there in the wilderness
Theme: Jesus' baptism and temptation completely identified Him with mankind.
Two questions come to mind about this passage:
QUESTION - Could Jesus Christ have sinned? (As some would say the baptism and temptation imply) Is that what the Bible is teaching here?
Heb 4:15 (KJV) For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
Heb 7:26 (KJV) For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens
1 Pet 1:19 (KJV) But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
1 Pet 2:22 (KJV) Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:
2 Cor 5:21 (KJV) For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
NO, a thousand times, NO! Jesus could not and would not sin. Neither of these events was concerned with that, or in any way teaches that. Rather, they had a totally different purpose. Both identified Him as man, and with man.
I. His Baptism Identified Him. (Vs. 9-11)
A. His baptism was decisive identification.
2. However, it was simply the moment Jesus used to mark the beginning.
QUESTION - Is it important for believers today to be decisive and public in their identification with Christ? Why or why not?
3. Decisive identification is important for Christians, too.
ILLUS. Pilgrim and Interpreter were approaching the palace that could only be taken by FIGHTING! Strong Man approached and said, "Set down my name, Sir." (From Pilgrim's Progress)
ILLUS. The Death of John Huss: "When John Huss, the Bohemian martyr, was brought out to be burnt, they put on his head a triple crown of paper, with painted devils on it. On seeing it, he said, 'My Lord, Jesus Christ, for my sake, wore a crown of thorns; why should not I then, for His sake, wear this light crown, be it ever so ignominious? Truly I will do it, and that willingly.' When it was set upon his head, the bishops said, 'Now, we commend thy soul to the Devil.' 'But I,' said Huss, lifting up his eyes to Heaven, 'do commit my spirit into Thy hands, O Lord Jesus Christ; to Thee I commend my spirit, which Thou hast redeemed.' When the fagots were piled to Huss' neck, the Duke of Bavaria was officious enough to desire him to adjure. 'No,' said Huss, 'I never preached any doctrine of an evil tendency; and what I taught with my lips I now seal with my blood.'"
B. His baptism was approved identification.
1. God the Father added His voice. (vs. 11)
2. He was not just a man, but THE man that God approved.
1. Holy Spirit added His equipping. (Vs. 10)
2. He was not just a man, but a man led by the Spirit of God.
QUESTION - Why is the fact that Jesus was equipped and empowered by the Holy Spirit important? Does it apply to us today? How?
3. The Holy Ghost was His source of power, just like He is our source of power.
Zec 4:6 (KJV) Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.
Acts 1:8 (KJV) But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
1 Cor 2:4 (KJV) And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:
Gal 5:16 (KJV) This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
D. His baptism was IDENTIFICATION.
1. Christian baptism identifies:
2. John's baptism identified:
ANSWER - Repentance and identification with those who recognized their need for a savior.
3. Christ's baptism identified:
QUESTION - What did Christ's baptism identify?
II. His Temptation Identified Him. (vs. 12-13, cf. Matthew 4)
(NOTE - most of these thoughts are from Matthew's account. Read Matthew 4:1-11 before proceeding.)
QUESTION - In what ways did the temptation of Jesus Christ identify Him as a man?
A. He said, "Satan, I'll defeat you as a man." (Matthew 4:3-4)
3. Jesus said, "I face you with man's weapons."
Heb 4:12 (KJV) For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
B. He said, "Satan, I'll do it as a man, but GOD'S WAY." (Matthew 4:5-7)
1. Satan tried to appeal to the fanaticism in man.
2. Often we fail with good intentions because we get crazy in trying to serve God.
QUESTION - Can you think of other examples?
3. Often we fail because of lack of patience with God's methods.
ILLUS. Pure holy living versus compromise and worldliness.
QUESTION - Can you think of other examples?
4. Jesus said, "I'll do it God's way."
QUESTION - Is there ever a time when God's way is the wrong way? Is there ever a time when God's way is obsolete? Is there ever a more effective way than God's way? Why do we spend so much time looking for new and better ways, then?
C. He said, "Satan, I'll give my allegiance as a man to God, NOT TO YOU." (Matthew 4:8-10)
QUESTION - What other things about Satan do we learn here? (Read Luke 4:6 and ask this question again.)
1. Satan revealed his heart in a last ditch effort.
2. "I want worship of men." (Satan's real desire.)
D. In His temptation, two things become clear:
2. He was a man, JUST LIKE US, and defeated Satan AS A MAN!
Jesus identified Himself as one of us. Why is that important?
Because, only when He became one of us, could we become one with Him.
Only when He became a man, (became one of us), and became sin for us, and became our perfect sacrifice, could we become one with Him.
There is no more beautiful and important truth in the Bible than the truth that Jesus Christ, Emmanuel, became ONE OF US.
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