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Mark’s Gospel

If you were to put it into a song, the Gospel of Mark wouldn’t be “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”.  Instead, it would be much closer to Beethoven or the theme from Batman.  Intense, complex, driving, occasionally foreboding, sometimes incredibly joyful. Occasionally restful, more often fast paced and clearly building towards something. When you think about it, isn’t it obvious that Mark’s Gospel is not unlike the times we live in or the life we experience.  Few of us have a “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” kind of life.  We live in intense times which are filled with conflict.  Joy is nearby and then again so is evil.  It’s more Beethoven than a nursery rhyme. 

How good to know that Jesus didn’t live a “nursery song” kind of existence.  Rather, he lived a life and in a time which we can relate to.  Pharisees and friends, demons and angels, Pontius Pilate and Nicodemus . . . Jesus was surrounded by conflicting forces and turbulent times.  Walking through Mark chapter by chapter, week by week, we’ll look at Jesus and how he lived the Kingdom in times which were often stressful.  How did we walk in peace, power, and victory when the culture was amped up with conflict and darkness kept trying to creep in?  How did he live joyfully, purposefully, and intimately with the Father in imperfect times?  How did God’s power constantly manifest itself through Him and how can we share in that?  Aren’t those questions we have? 

So, welcome to Mark’s Gospel.  Through the Fall months Nate will be walking us week by week through the everyday and yet extraordinary life of the Son of God.  Welcome to Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony rather than “Twinkle, Twinkle”. 

Pastor Nate Atwood

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