PTB2-43: “All Flesh Shall See Him”.

Intro:  Jesus.

Since the 1960s, the Son of God has become known almost exclusively by the title, “Jesus” across much of the Christian church.

This is especially true in the vernacular, or people’s day-to-day speech.

This is a major historical change. It bothers me, though I never hear it discussed.

Compare with Scripture:

Outside the gospels, the sole title “Jesus” is used 64 times.

But it appears with “Christ” 135 times, “Lord” 47 times, and “Lord Christ” 84 times.

By contrast, the sole title “Christ” is used 247 times.

And the sole title “Lord” is used nearly 300 times.

Then, add up the myriad of titles by which He is referred, outside of these three words. There are hundreds. Some are individually used dozens of times (like “Son of God” x44).

When “Jesus” appears by itself, it is usually contextually specific. It is used that way because the writer wants us to think about Him, in the context, as a man. That is also why “Jesus” appears by itself in the gospels on many occasions – relevant context.

But it seems that this has now become almost the only name by which we know our Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

The words we use betray a very great deal, and they have changed distinctly.

Why?

It is my concern that many a Christian carries an inadequate concept of who Jesus really is.

It is also my concern that much evangelism portrays Jesus in an inadequate light.

He is being made more culturally acceptable in a culture that won’t tolerate serious threats to their sense of self. Everything gets watered down, especially the transcendent.

He is more than a man we follow. He is more than one of us. He is not merely at our level. He is not unthreatening. He is not primarily on our horizontal plane.

The Apostle John teaches us this.

His first letter opens with his speaking of a time when he saw, heard, and touched a man among men.

His Revelation opens with His seeing the same person, but this is the “Alpha and Omega, the Lord God Almighty, He who is and was and is to come…” And he fell at His feet like a dead man.

Jesus was His name given in His humiliation, which He bore for a time, and John knew Him then… but everything is different now, because God has so highly exalted Him that before Him every knee shall bow.

Neither the Apostles nor the Christians of history showed a preference for the mere title, “Jesus” except in relevant context.

There’s a reason for that.

“God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.” (Acts 2:36)

  About Martyn Iles

Boss @ ACL. Lover of law, theology and politics, and seeing them all in harmony.

Martyn Iles is a lawyer, commentator, and the Managing Director of the Australian Christian Lobby.

ACL is one of Australia’s largest political movements. It brings truth into the public squares through people-powered campaigns, parliamentary lobbying, and mainstream and alternative media.

Previously, Martyn was the co-founder and Director of the Human Rights Law Alliance, a law firm dedicated to assisting people requiring legal support in the areas of freedom of religion, conscience and speech.

He has worked for a top-tier commercial law firm, his own successful tech startup, and in youth pastoral ministry. He is a former debating champion.

Martyn produces a weekly vlog called “The Truth of It” and has appeared frequently in the media, including The Project, Sunrise, 60 Minutes, Today, Sky News, The National Press Club, ABC, and every major TV news network, newspaper and radio station.

Bachelor of Laws, LL.B.(Hons) (UQ)

Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, GDLP.

Master of Laws, LL.M. (ANU) 

I.  The Developed Outline of Mark from previous books,

especially SSATFA and WCDWYTH, is shown in the Appendix.  You can see from the first row that it is made up of several parts:  “Miracles of Jesus in Mark/Old Testament

Quotes in Mark/PARABLES OF JESUS

Sign-Teachings of Jesus:  Kingdom and

Miracles/Jesus proper interpretation of Oil Testament quotes in Mark

1.  Miracles of Jesus in Mark;

2.  Old Testament Quotes in Mark.

3.  Parables of Jesus.

4.  Sign/Teachings of Jesus.

5.  Kingdom.

6.  Miracles.

7.  Jesus proper, non private, interpretation of the 18 OT quotes in Mark.

III.  “All Flesh Shall See Him”         (First and Second Quotes in Mark).

Previously we established how Paul left one outline for Mark as a guide to write by on the 18 Old Testament quotes that we presently find in Mark, and how Paul also left for Mark to write by the testimonies of Peter and James to the life of Christ. Of course, John Mark as a young man of about 13 years of age had previous experience himself with the life of Christ since it was he who followed Jesus and the twelve out into the Garden of Gethsemane, who also in turn fled naked when grabbed by a guard after the capture of Jesus.

Previously we also looked in detail at the first quote as found in Mark 1:2 and 3. We have not as yet looked at the second quote which is from Isaiah 6:9,10 and which is found in Mark 4:12. Also we did not look, which is what we will do in this message is to summarize how the twin quotes from Mark 1:2 and 3 as taken from both Isaiah 40:3 and Malachi 3:1 were used by John Mark along with the testimonies of Peter and James and personal experience to write the three intervening chapters between Mark 1 and Mark 4. The assumption is made, and hopefully will be supported in this message, that what we found in Isaiah 40:3 and Malachi 3:1 will summarize much between Mark 1 and Mark 4. In order to do this it is necessary to summarize the salient points of both Isaiah 40:3 and Malachi 3:1, and to do so under the beginning conclusion of Mark 1:1. Recall that conclusion: “The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.” And we will add to that in order to make our outline, “according to Isaiah 40:3-5 and Malachi 3:l.  Thus THE BEGINNING OF THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST, THE SON OF GOD ACCORDING TO ISAIAH 40:3-5 AND MALACHI 3:1. Here is the way we previously developed the outline of both.

(1)  “the voice of one crying in the wilderness”: all that we read in Mark and the other gospels tells us that John primarily kept his ministry isolated to the Jordan River and beyond in the wilderness.

(2)  John’s preaching of “repentance for sins” and baptism for the repentance of sins along with his message of the shortly to come “Lamb of God” that would take away the sins of the world was preparatory for the public appearance of Jesus Christ—it was much like an ad campaign

run today for the public appearance of some idol or hero, and just like today it was know and heard by the whole nation.

(3) John’s work was sort of like that of a Civil Engineer {much better, I might add than that of the dam builders in New Orleans) as John had the ministry of constructing a highway in the desert for Jesus Christ         {I think that was just the beginning of the highway since how often do you see both valleys and mountains in a desert}, but John’s construction job for Jesus Christ included building up or raising the valleys and knocking down or lowering of the mountains).

(4)furthermore the construction work had to include making the highway straight and smooth—the crooked places had to be straightened and the high and low places made smooth {which I would say was John’s function as a continuation of the Old Testament Prophets to make clear an understand of the exact implications of the prophecies and the outstanding nature of what was about to happen in history}.

(5)”the glory of the LORD shall be revealed”, the word LORD is for Cod the Father since it is all capital letters; and we know from the rest of the Bible that Christ was the glory of Cod the Father, and that in the life and death of Jesus Christ the world saw exactly what God the Father is like in the Person of the Son.

(6)       “and all flesh shall see it together”—well, we could camp out here but suffice it now to say that one way or another since the life and death of Christ on earth the whole world of flesh, the world over, has seen and heard about Christ.

(7) The Lord, yes, this same Jesus Christ is also Lord, and He is the Lord whom they seek. Once again we could camp here but you have heard it often of how all humanity longs to know and see God and His Son, and beyond that especially in the nation of Israel was built up the expectations of the Prophet Messiah like Moses and the Son of David who would establish a kingdom. {We will not talk now of how most Palestinians wanted a kingdom exactly like the United Kingdom of David and Solomon that extended across the immediate world, but I would like to add since this is an introduction also to Mark and the ministry of Jesus, the words from Mark 1:14,15—

“Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.'”

a.         Jesus waited until the messenger was out of the way, John the Baptist, to deliver His message.

b.         Jesus came into Galilee.

c.         Here is the preaching of Jesus Christ Himself about the kingdom of God. In this day and time when churches of all denominations under the influence of the Falling Away are going to pieces, we should emphasize not only that the kingdom of God moves on but also that the church itself of which membership is most important is written in heaven and that only a few from each church or denomination are citizens of heaven.

d.         The message of Jesus Himself, like any good message, had four parts:

(1) “the time is fulfilled”—this was the exact moment and time in history for which God had made so much preparation of the world, the nation of Israel, the revelations in the Old Testament prophets, and in the rescue and preservation of the seed of Abraham; (2) “the kingdom of God is at hand”—hey Israel, you are so close to the establishment of the very kingdom of God, listen and watch; (3) repent, Jesus echoes the ministry of John the Baptist of repent and be baptized for the remission of sins; (4) but Jesus adds “and believe the gospel”; and that gospel is the subject of the book of Mark that we will continue for quite a few messages.

Let us try to simply this outline from Isaiah 40:3-5 and Malachi 3:1 before we verify that it does outline the first few chapters of the Gospel of Mark: (1) John the Baptist, the voice crying in the wilderness; (2) the Message of the Voice; (3) The building up and knocking down of John’s construction work like that of a Civil Engineer; (4) The making straight and smoothing Civil Engineer work of John the Baptist; (5) The glory of the LORD revealed in Jesus Christ; (6) All flesh will see God together; (7) It is the same God that has been sought by all humanity; (8) First part of the message of Jesus is that the time is fulfilled; (9) The second part of the message of Jesus, and we would expect to find this echoed often in Mark as well as in the first few chapters, is that the kingdom of God is right here; (10) The third part of the teachings of Jesus would have to do with repentance; and (11) the fourth part of the teachings or message of Jesus would have to do with faith in the Gospel.

IV.  Mark 1:4-8

(1). Well, indeed as we might expect we find in Mark       1:4-8 the voice and lifestyle of John the Baptist as the voice crying in the wilderness. John baptized in the wilderness and John preached in the wilderness a baptism for the remission of sins. All of Judea, the province around Jerusalem went out into the wilderness to hear John,      {much like today we might travel some distance to hear an evangelist; or there was the time we did it for men like Lester Roloff and even John R. Rice and Hyman Appleman. Now indeed it is more like for women of faith with their faith resources to sell as they talk about everyday life, the extraordinary life, or even the good life now.} Also all of Jerusalem went out to hear the voice of John the Baptist in the wilderness.

(2). The message of the Voice. Okay verse seven gets us to the preaching of John the Baptist. He baptized for the remissions of sins, but what did John preach. “There comes One after me,” John preached—there is me, John said, and then oh there is one to follow much greater than me. Well, the people of Judea and Jerusalem were quite impressed with John the Baptist, and yet he foretold another One to come immediately that was much greater than him.

(3). It was there in the wilderness at the Jordan River where these crowds of attendees were baptized, confessing their sins. You see, already the work of a Civil Engineer by John of building up and tearing down has started. Verse 6 describes John as much like an Old Testament Prophet: John was clothed with camel” hair and a leather belt. The dress was simple, cheap, and so was his diet: He ate locusts and wild honey. John ate was available there in the wilderness. Contrast this evangelist of all evangelists with the rich lifestyle of most evangelists today. While John dressed like an Old Testament prophet to be accepted, evangelists today dress like the best of the world; and would you not think that it is also to be accepted of the world?

 (4). We see in the baptism for repentance and in the faith of the great One to come, the Civil Engineer work of John, tearing down and building up, smoothing and making straight. How great was this Jesus to John? He was so great that John was not worthy to stoop down and loose the strap of His sandal. Then John gets back on the subject of his baptism, the subject of a previous verse, and this is where you begin to see some of the greatest of Jesus of Nazareth. “I baptize with water”, John said, “but Jesus will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

So what do we expect next according to the outline of Isaiah and Malachi? Well we expect to see (5) the glory of the LORD revealed. Look at the context in Mark 1:9-10, that is exactly what we see.

“It came to pass in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And immediately, coming up from the water, He saw the heavens paring and the Spirit descending upon Him like a dove. Then a voice came from heaven, ’You are My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” (Mark 1:9-11)

You see how that is a revelation of the glory of God the Father as shown in His Son, Jesus of Nazareth. As soon as Jesus was baptized the glory of God life up the heavens, the clouds parted; and the power of God and from God like a dove fell upon Jesus. The glory of God for Jesus was further revealed as the voice of God said from heaven, “This is my beloved Son.” God said, “I am well pleased with Him.” Yet the glory of God through Jesus, that it also His sinlessness, has to be revealed in the bad times as well as the good; and therefore the record tells us in Mark 1:14-15 that the very Spirit which descended on Jesus in special power and glory also drove Jesus into the wilderness. It is ironical that the very place that John lived and came from is where Jesus went now, the wilderness. Jesus was there 40 days. It was a wilderness in the sense that the wild beasts were there where Jesus went; and the wildest beast of all, Satan, was there to tempt Jesus. However, the glory of God on earth had legions of angels to help Him, and the angels ministered to Jesus. It was quite a spiritual gathering: Jesus, angels, Satan, and the wild beasts. {The details of the temptation of Jesus by Satan are recorded in the other Gospels, which we will want to look at extensively, especially about the reply of Jesus to Satan when Satan tempted Jesus to turn the stones into bread, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.”

It was for Jesus a matter of timing just like for us today when tempted away from spiritual endeavors like prayer and Bible to become more enamored with the making of a living. Later, after the approved time of spiritual awakening of 40 days, the angels came to minister bread, and I’m sure something quite better, to Jesus.

What we have remaining of the outline from Isaiah and Malachi, the first part of the outline from the Apostle Paul if you would is: (6) All flesh will see God together; (7) It is the same God that has been sought by all humanity; (8) First part of the message of Jesus is that the time is fulfilled; (9) The second part of the message of Jesus, and we would expect to find this echoed often in Mark as well as in the first few chapters, is that the kingdom of God is right here; (10) The third part of the teachings of Jesus would have to do with repentance; and (11) the fourth part of the teachings or message of Jesus would have to do with faith in the Gospel.

What we have remaining in chapter one of Mark is the following events from the life of Jesus: (1) Jesus’ preaches the gospel of the kingdom of God in Galilee, 1:14,15; (2) Jesus chases four fisherman to be His apostles, 1:16-20; (3) Jesus by casting out an unclean spirit, the equivalent of demon possession or domination, proves that His doctrine or teachings have power as well as truth, 1:21-28; (4) Jesus heals the mother-in-law of the Apostle Peter {by the way at some point in here, and I would think above in the finding of the f fisherman in the boats, the part of the outline from the testimonies of Peter and James come into play since they were among the four apostles selected, and you know it was here in the healing of the mother of Peter’s wife}, 1:29-32; (5) the healing of many sick as the whole city of Capernaum—by the way it was also where the demon spirit was cast out and Peter lived, and even close to the Sea of Galilee where Jesus called the fisherman, 1:32-34; (6) Jesus preaches throughout all Galilee after a early morning of prayer, 1:35-39; and (7) Jesus heals a leper, 1:40-45.

Mark 2 is somewhat easier:          (1) Jesus forgives and heals a paralytic, 2:1-12;           (2) the call of another apostle, the Apostle Matthew, a former tax collector, 2:13-17;  (3) Jesus questioned about fasting with responses with short parables about the bridegroom and fasting, and also about new wine in old or new containers, 2:18-22 {and already we notice that the transition by Mark writing is beginning to be made toward the second quote which is about “parables” and from Isaiah 6:9,10}; and then (4) in the conclusion of Mark 2, in verses 23-28, there is the teaching of Jesus about the Sabbath Day, not in a parable, and vastly encompassing for religious life. Really a better division of Mark, and one perhaps more in keeping with the original intention of Mark as well as the outlines given him by the Apostle Paul, would be to include the events of that same sabbath Day as recorded in Mark 3:1-6 with the events in the corn field. In the first of Mark         3 is where Jesus healed the withered hand of a man. What a way for a man to go down in history, as the man with the withered hand that Jesus healed!

APPENDIX:  A Thorough Outline in 7 dimensions of the Gospel of Mark.

You will want to free download this message, especially since it provides you a thorough in 7 dimensions Outline of the Gospel of Mark:

In WORD: https://sungrist.org/PTB2-43AllFleshSeeHim.docx

In PDF: https://sungrist.org/PTB2-43AllFleshSeeHim.pdf

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