Karine- history of fibroid and husband also had a closed vein situation. Wanted to have baby and one of three praise requests for 2012. Told will be hard. Dreamt she would have a baby. April 2012 found out she was indeed pregnant. Was asked to opt for C-Sec. Wanted natural birth but received peace abt C Sec. During delivery found out her baby’s umbilical cord was coiled three times around tummy. Had she done natural birth, baby would have been in danger. During pregnancy was blessed career wise.
USA sis- didn’t have revelation of grace despite Christian. Had severe fistula and tear during delivery. Was depressed and underwent surgery but got worse. Got an abscess. Believed being punished for past sins. God’s grace never let go of her. Intro to PP and received gospel of grace- started reading bible looking for Jesus, not condemnation. Through God’s grace she is healed and no more fistula. Hallelujah!!
Been studying about the wonderful results about looking at Jesus. Life full of grace, favour, shalom (perfect health, whole was, well being, grace and peace) be multiplied to us through Jesus our LORD. All can only increase by beholding and not doing.
Sanctifying effect of looking at Jesus- taken out of the self. Painful to be self occupied and self engrossed. But when lifted out of self and behold object of perfect glory and beauty- every which is moral excellence, grandeur- takes u out of yourself. Look at earthly king no transformation. Look at Jesus transform from glory to glory.
John 12:26 if anyone serves ME… him, My father will honour.
The Father honours those who serve His Son. Honour = prize, value in Greek. God values you above the rest. What God prizes = special attention.
Not just doing Christian work. U can be doing Christian work and serving self. U can do a lot of things in the name of God but doing it out of vain glory.
How much of what u do serves Christ? Get involved in church. When you are filled with the Spirit, u must have a place to pour out and serve. Multiplies time back to us when we serve.
When fisherman were washing net (day is over, worked all night, all the seaweed etc). Putting net back in boat was a sacrifice- but had a net breaking, boat sinking load of fishes.
LORD Jesus- perfect and divine servant.
God knew in his wisdom that four gospels needed to cover the many facets of our LORD Jesus. U can be a CEO of a famous company- but u can be a dad, a social man, a husband- diff facets. One gospel is not enough. Matthew written to Jews but presented Jesus as a King. Genealogy goes back to Abraham. Four faces of cherubim- correspond to facets of Jesus in the Word. Face of the Lion (King). Gospel of Mark- face of the Ox (servant)- strong to labour. Gospel of Luke- trace back to Adam and portrays Jesus as Man. Anointed by HS. Face of Man. Gospel of John - no genealogy, Jesus the God come down as human flesh. Face of eagle because it flies higher than any bird. Ezekiel and Revelation.
Good for Chinese. Won’t lose face. Lose one face still have three more left. :D
Four faces - four faces of our serving.
Sometimes we get proud when we are promoted. Some people are lofty and don’t know how to come down. Eagle and King high and lifted. Ox and Man pic of servitude. When U come home from work, wife doesn’t want u to be a CEO, but a real Man.
The LORD has all these our faces he wants us to transform to. Place to he a friend, a man in social setting
1 Cor 15:58- when you serve the LORD, your labour is never in vain. Noah preached for years but only his family was saved. But in the LORD, there will be fruits and rewards and blessings.
Steadfast- Greek: to sit. To relax. We don’t work or serve to be saved. Can do nothing to be saved. Receive finished work and sit down. Relaxed. Parent and serve and go to work relaxed. Do everything relaxed because Christ has redeemed is from all stress. Be settled.
Immovable- cannot be moved.
Abounding in the work of the LORD- nothing can distract you from your resolute to serve in the work. It is a privilege to serve the LORD. Going beyond the boundaries. Quality and quantity- Peruseo in the Greek.
Gospel of Mark- u don’t ask a servant for his pedigree. Comes serving straightaway.
Phil 2:5-8 (NASB)
Jesus never saw His godness to be something to seize upon.
Seven steps down, seven steps up. Every time u humble yourself, get ready to be exalted in due time. God exalts us no one can pull us down. No one can demote us. When we exalt ourselves, we have to maintain ourselves to stay exalted.
Mark - Jesus as a divine servant. Shortest of the four gospels. Only sixteen chapters. Most chronological. Written to Gentiles. Matthew to Jew but Mark to Gentiles. Hence no mention of Jewish laws. Explained at most Jews wash their pots and pans - as if to people who don’t know about it. That’s all. Mark - 3 x more miracles than parables. What u serve more than what u say. Divine servitude. One thing to have a lot of love but another to have power!
Serve the LORD- honour and privilege because He serves us first until we are so full.
Even in most tired form, Jesus gave His best to woman at the well. Served so full she became evangelist immediately- no bible school.
He wants to serve you, to wash your feet, give peace to your mind. You must consent first. No part in Him if we don’t let Him serve us.
Eutheos- straight away. Inmediately. At once. > speaks of service.
Mk 1:10, 11, 12, 20, 21, 28, 29, 30, 31 (once u are served, you serve), 42, 43 = 11 times in Mark 1
Mark uses one verse to another verse with this word. Teacher in school would say you don’t know a full stop, u cannot begin sentences with this word. AND.
Mark uses 35/45 of the word AND at the start of sentence in the gospels. Mark has 16 Chapt and 11 began with AND. Why did HS use AND? About divine servant- how He was always abounding with the service- to heal us, to set us free
Mark 1- seed plot of entire gospel seen here.
Mk1:3- from prophecy from Isaiah 40- Prepare the way of the YAHWEH. John was saying prepare the way for YAHWEH. YAHWEH and JESUS one and the same. He veiled His glory. Faith unveils His glory. But He couldn’t hide His glory from the demons. He always told them to shaddup. He didn’t need advertisement from demons.
Only a wife has the power of attorney of the husband. We have the power through Christ.
Mark - 12 Acc of Jesus serving with power over the demons.
When u serve, power of Jesus comes behind u. Learn the power of serving, of humility. Power belongs to servant heart.
- ANNOUNCED BY THE FORERUNNER> John the B was the forerunner. The voice or Word comes first? Word. Formulated thought before it can be spoken. John the voice but the Word is Jesus. John the B did no miracle but he pointed people to Jesus. Genuine ministry. Jesus said he was the best prophet. Bring people to Christ. Brings Christ to the people. Any ministry to point people to efforts/ self - questionable.
- APPROVED BY THE FATHER > Mk1:10,11 Heaven opened to Him. Heaven opens to the name of Jesus. All the provisions opened to Jesus.
You are my beloved Son and in you I delight. Know God approves of you before u serve and do any miracles. 30y of hidden manna. Only pic we saw of Jesus as a child 12yo asking teachers questions- in season for his age. Didn’t go preaching and teaching at age of 12. He was subject unto his parents although knew more than them. He submitted. We have wrong ideas of submission when we feel someone must be greater and smarter first before we submit. That is why God asked wife to submit to husband. Increase in favour after submission. Beloved Son- declared at River of Jordan and Mt of Transfiguration. Mt is highest pinnacle of any pinnacle in Israel, 10000ft above sea level. Jesus was transfigured whiter than the snow on the mountain. River of Jordan- near Dead Sea, lowest place on Earth (1400 ft below sea level). Bethany beyond Jordan- where baptism took place. And in these two places, God proclaimed Jesus is His beloved Son. Declare it from the northern most and southern most that Jesus is His beloved. The Love of God- beyond religion, reality. Nothing religion can destroy. Father approve your children. We are so afraid if we tell our kids they will become proud. Many adults have pride issue because didn’t have parental approval. Approve them before they have the results. Opened arms are here whether u succeed or not- and they will succeed.
- ANOINTED BY THE SPIRIT>dove landed on Him.
Jesus like a fine flour. Can’t hold it. So fine, goes through fingers. Jesus doesn’t hurt the afflicted when he judges sin. We as man throw baby out a bath water. On this fine flour, pour oil. Meal offering- Lev 2. Three kinds.
Jesus conceived by HS- fine flour mingled with oil
Jesus says Spirit of the LORD is upon me - fine flour poured oil over
The only son of a widow, going to be buried one way. Jesus and apostles going the other way. Jesus touched the stretcher and saying YOUNG MAN AROSE. Both parties walked with Him after that. He had compassion- no one else in bible portrayed as one with compassion.
ASSAILED BY THE DEVIL > Mark 1:12- Spirit drove Jesus into wilderness right after Father spoke. Angels ministered to Him. 40 days in wilderness. Assailed by devil. “Tempt”- tempted to sin or tested. Two meanings possible. Jesus cannot be tempted to sin as only flesh can be tempted. Jesus was never tempted to sin. Jesus was tempted at all points as we are YET WITHOUT SIN (not pertaining to sin). He was tested. For Jesus, the word always means TESTED. For us it can be tempted or tested. Testing of Jesus who is pure gold, no dross- God sent Jesus to wilderness to let devil test Jesus to prove He is pure good, and after 6 weeks, the devil has to say He is pure gold, no dross.
ACKNOWLEDGED BY THE WILD BEASTS- For 6w, Jesus was also with WILD Beasts. In the Greek, v accurate. It says He was with the wild beasts- He was in company with them and they with Him. Acknowledged their creator. Only scars on Jesus when He went back to heaven made by men not by wild beasts. Judean wilderness- not a tree or flower or bird- just howling wind. Gets v lonely and quiet there. He was there for 6w.
ATTENDED TO BY ANGELS - Angels are with us today. Angelic ministry also talked about in Acts- Peter freed from prison by angels and went to Mary the mother of John Mark (who wrote G of Mark). John Mark failed at Pamphelia in ministry and because of that Paul didn’t agree, Baranabas took John Mark. After that no more mention of Barnabas. John Mark did fail but wrote about Servant who didn’t fail. (2Tim 4:11—- restored to ministry). God’s grace. Gives us all hope. No matter how we fail, as we look to Jesus, we will be restored. Protection of Angelic Ministry- TWA travelling with Angels. If u go up the plane, Angels go up with u. Guide the plane to safety. Angels are with children. It is never luck who kept you safe. It is never something who pulled u back. It was an Angel. Myriads of angel- only 1/3 fell with Lucifer. We have 2/3. God doesn’t need your service. The Angels never get tired or have raspy throats when worshipping Him yet He delights to hear your voice out of time as you are. It’s like parents receiving card from a kid “I LAF U!”- not spelt wrote but treasured because of the love. :)
Angels attend the way to keep us in the way.
ACCLAIMED BY THE MULTITUDE> Mk 1:32-34 The demons knew Him and He didn’t allow them to speak.
“hold your peace, come out of him”- Jesus to demons. Demons knew Him, the Storm at Lake of Galilee knew who He was, Wild beasts knew who He was…. Although He veiled His glory. Only man blinded.
Mark 1 - begins w Sunset, Mark 16- begins w Sunrise (Son rise)
He came into our darkness. From sunset to sunrise= darkest periods of our life. Came into our darkness to bring His light, His glory, His power.
Very last two verses of Mark 16- THE LORD WORKING WITH THEM AND CONFIRMING THEIR WORD THROUGH THE ACCOMPANYING SIGNS- although exalted in glory, still working. When I serve, I am not alone HE IS WORKING WITH ME.
Jesus seen after resurrection w Girdle- girded with gold. Although glorified, still serves. Girdle- servitude.
We are empty. We are steadfast, seated, unmovable and we allow Him to fill us. We don’t pour out of ourselves- pride.
To bring our lives as a daily offering of worship to our servant king.