Revival: Day 4

Tonight we concluded our fall revival and it was another tremendous service. I can honestly say that in the nearly-6 years we’ve been here, this has been the best revival yet. By “best” I mean that those in attendance were most receptive to God’s word and I think were genuinely moved by God’s spirit to a greater faithfulness to Christ.

It was quite a different experience to hear the Gospel of Mark preached, nearly in its entirety, in a matter of 5 sermons. I am left with the impression that this will be something I will one day consider, but only once I have gained a much stronger hold on the particulars of the individual sections.

The last sermon covered the events from Mark 10:46 through the end of chapter 16 (and, yes, Dr. Meyer believes correctly that the Gospel of Mark ends at 16:8!). These verses essentially cover the events that lead up to the crucifixion and death of Christ, culminating with the resurrection. Dr. Meyer focused on the cross and Jesus’ authority and control over the circumstances of his arrest, trial, scourging, crucifixion, and death, arguing (rightly) that Jesus was never surprised and things were never beyond his control/his Father’s will. No one took his life–he gave it freely. We see that in spite of all the injustice perpetrated by the Romans and the Jews, Jesus remained faithful and obedient to his Father’s will, even though it lead him down a violent and shameful path. Why? Because of his great love for us. So great was it that even in the face of injustice, mockery, blasphemy, torture, and savagery, Jesus gave his life as a ransom for many. May we never lose sight of the magnitude of Christ’s sacrifice or fail to understand the weight of what happened on that cross.

Αυτω η δοξα,

Jason

3 thoughts on “Revival: Day 4

  1. Might I add that I have only recently begun to understand the true weight of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. When Jesus asked the Father that, if it were possible, to let the cup pass from him (Mt 26:39), I believe Jesus was referring to the cup of the Lord’s wrath in Jer 25:15ff. If so, and I think it is obvious that this is the case, then Jesus’ suffering on our behalf is not primarily found in a Roman scourging and the physical crucifixion, but in the wrath of God toward us being poured out upon the sinless Savior at the moment of crucifixion. What I mean is that a Roman cross cannot possibly compare to the wrath of the Father toward humanity for its sin.

    Therefore, when we preach the cross, we must primarily emphasize that Jesus suffered the wrath of God for our sins; the same wrath that we would have received in eternal, fiery hell! This is not to minimize the pain of the cross, but point to the true source of suffering that Jesus endured: not the cross itself, but his own Father who poured out his wrath on his only begotten Son while he hung on that cross!

  2. Brian: Dr. Meyer argued the same idea, that the cup Jesus asked to pass from him was the cup of God’s wrath. Yes, if that is the case, then the scourging and crucifixion would not be but a taste of what God’s wrath is like.

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