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Who am I? Finding Our True Identity (Mark 1:1-11)

Tim Cain, May 20, 2017
Part of the Mark series, preached at a Saturday Evening service

Have you ever had one of those seasons where you just felt kind of lost? You look around at your life and nothing is going the way you thought it would. You call out to God but nothing seems to change and you find yourself wondering if God has even heard your prayer. Inside you just wish God would tear open the heavens and come down and fix everything that is broken so that you could know for sure that he is real. If you ever felt this way you aren’t alone.

In Isaiah 64 one of the Old Testament prophets was prophecy about the oppression and suffering that God’s people would face in the future and he stopped his prophecy in order to be God to “Rend the heavens and come down.” Hundreds of years later God Mark comes to tell us how it is that God chose to answer Isaiah’s prayer. So lets look at Mark 1 and see how God rent the heavens and came down in order to rescue a lost people and offer them the identity that they had been seeking all of their life.

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Mark 1:1-11

1:1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

As it is written in Isaiah the prophet,

“Behold, I send my messenger before your face,
who will prepare your way,
the voice of one crying in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord,
make his paths straight,’”

John appeared, baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And all the country of Judea and all Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel's hair and wore a leather belt around his waist and ate locusts and wild honey. And he preached, saying, “After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11 And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.” (ESV)