[I had the opportunity to preach from Mark 3:7-12 last week, so I thought I’d share the audio here. If you’d like to follow the notes in their entirety, you can download the pdf here. Below, I’ve posted a short section of the sermon. I hope and pray you are edified by it.
Soli Deo Gloria
Christ Gave Himself Up For Us
…there are unbelievers who claim that our Lord’s life was taken away from him before he even had a chance to know what was going on. Their claim? Jesus was a wandering apocalyptic, doom-and-gloom preacher who unintentionally ended up getting crucified for defying the Romans. Contrary to such nonsense, Scripture reveals that our Lord knows exactly what is occurring. He chose to do the will of the Father, to live and die for his church, to send the Holy Spirit after he had resurrected and ascended back to the Father. The Pharisees cannot kill him, the people seeking healing cannot crush him to death accidentally, and the demons cannot crush him purposefully.
His hour has not yet come.
This is no mere street preacher. This is not a man who is unaware of the fact that the devil and his angels are turning up wherever he is and seeking desperately to kill him before he goes to the cross. This is the God-Man, Yahweh in the flesh. He is in control. He is Sovereignly upholding the universe in all of its meticulous detail as he travels to the cross to die at the hour the Father has determined. And this should be no wonder, for our Lord in Mark 10:45 declares explicitly that he came to give his life as a ransom for many. In Mark’s Gospel our Lord speaks clearly of his authority to lay down his own life, as clearly as he does in John’s Gospel. This is central to the Gospel message:
Christ gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age (Gal 1:4).
Christ…loved me and gave his life for me (Gal 2:20).
Christ loved us and gave himself up for us (Eph 5:2).
Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her (Eph 5:25).
The Good Shepherd lays down his life for the sheep (John 10:11).
I, says Christ, lay down my life for the sheep (John 10:15).
He gave his life for sinners, for us whom he now deems his friends and brethren – his elect people, the object of his and the Father’s love, now filled with the Holy Spirit who is our counselor and teacher.