Jesus use of parables teaches us important lessons about the Kingdom of God and that when we approach the Gospel we should respect the message as relaying more than a story, but as the summoning of a Judge.
God’s Will and Family Issues (Mark 3:31-35)
Jesus teaches us how discipleship challenges us to re-orient ourselves to our heavenly family and calls us to give up everything – but also comforts us with amazing consolation that we are part of God’s own family!
Ultimate Blasphemy (Mark 3:20-30)
Religion or Birth cannot save you, only Jesus! It is not your proximity to, but your participation in Christ that matters.
The Human Condition (Ephesians 2:1-3)
The Gospel must sober us in the reality of our condition being dead in trespasses and sin; enslaved to the world the flesh and the Devil; and our being under the wrath of God by our Adamic nature – before it can satisfy us with Christ’s grace
Dominion Done Right (Mark 3:13-19)
Jesus’ selection of the twelve apostles teach us that dominion over Satan is realized through our union with Christ
Prayer and Knowledge (Ephesians 1:15-23)
Paul prays of the growth in knowledge of the Ephesian church because knowledge of what we have in Christ and the power that is at work in us is indespensible to our growth in holiness
The Crush (Mark 3:7-12)
After the cliff hanging climax of 3:6 where the Pharisees plot with the Herodians to kill the Lord Jesus, Mark provides a little passage concerning a pressing crowd full of superstition and demoniacs, alerting us to the reality that Satan’s assault against Christ consist not only in the prim Pharisees – but also in the pressing populous and prevaricating principalities.
Lord and Life Giver (Mark 2:23-3:6)
The Sabbath issue was a central one for the religious leaders of Jesus day. Mark uses this issue to drive home the authority of Jesus in a climatic way – Showing Jesus as Lord and Life Giver of the Sabbath!
Dismantling Dower Holiness (Mark 2:18-22)
Jesus being challenged on the question of fasting – shows the destructive force of grace against ‘dower’ holiness (which was rampant in His day) through illustrating how inappropriate and incompatible dower holiness is.
All Things United (Ephesians 1:9-14)
Paul teaches us that Christ is the head of the universe and that ‘all things’ are summed up in him. But even more than that, he teaches us that the unity that we have with God is the greatest expression of his glory.