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Christ in All of Scripture – Mark 4:35-41

 

 

Mark 4:35-41

On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”


Jesus continues to display his expanding range of power in every sphere of creation: power over the laws and forces of nature (Mark 4:35–41), power over the spiritual and demonic world (Mark 5:1–20), and power over human illness and death (Mark 5:21–43).

Jesus is not merely a political messiah along the lines of a Davidic king (cf. 2 Sam. 7:12–15). Rather, this Messiah is God, the eternal Son (see Psalm 2; Psalm 110:1, 5; Dan. 7:13–14; cf. 2 Sam. 7:16). He is Yahweh, come in the flesh (Isa. 40:3). It is crucial to realize this, since only God has the power to deliver and to save from the brokenness of our world and the bondage of sinful rebellion against him (e.g., Isa. 25:9; Isa. 33:22; Isa. 35:4; Isa. 37:20; Isa. 38:20; Jer. 17:14; Zech. 8:7; Zech.9:16; Heb. 7:25).

It is a great source of encouragement for followers of Jesus to remember who they serve: the triune Creator of this universe. The power of the eternal Son protects and guides with utter reliability, even in great distress. Since Jesus has paid the price for our sinful rebellion and has overcome the powers of Satan and the grip of death, his followers are in good hands—whether at any given moment this results in life or in death (Phil. 1:20–23). For in the gospel we know that because Christ has died and risen, and we are united to him, all that happens to us comes to us from the hand of a loving Father. All wrath has been removed. He does everything for our good.


This series of posts pairs a brief passage of Scripture with associated study notes drawn from the Gospel Transformation Bible. For more information about the Gospel Transformation Bible, please visit GospelTransformationBible.org.

 

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Weekly Specials – 4/14/14

Crossway’s weekly specials are available to members of Crossway Impact. You can also find this week’s featured resources with participating online retailers such as AmazonBarnes & NobleBookshoutChristianbook.comeChristianiBooks (Apple)Vyrso (at each individual retailer’s discretion). Discounted prices available through 4/20/14.


Preaching the Cross

By Mark Dever, J. Ligon Duncan, R. Albert Mohler Jr., C. J. Mahaney

E-book: $15.99 $3.99

Prominent authors call pastors to pursue gospel-saturated, preaching-centered ministries.

Contributions by John MacArthur, John Piper, R. C. Sproul.

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Atheism Remix: A Christian Confronts the New Atheists

By R. Albert Mohler Jr.

E-book: $10.99 $1.99

You know about traditional atheism. The contemporary strain of it-the New Atheism-is more popular and widely respected than ever. Mohler brings helpful perspective and keen insight for understanding, challenging, and countering this latest atheist thinking.

“Thoughtful and insightful, this readable work illuminates for scholars, pastors, and students alike the key issues that must be addressed in order to engage the thinking of Dawkins, Harris, Hitchens, and others.”
David S. Dockery, President, Union University

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The Gospel and Personal Evangelism

By Mark Dever, Foreword by C. J. Mahaney

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Seeks to encourage readers to understand the fundamentals of evangelism and to challenge them to develop a culture of evangelism in their lives and their local churches.

“At the heart of this book is a heart for the gospel.  Dever encourages, instructs, and challenges us to proclaim the gospel in all its fullness, grace, truth, goodness, and wonder.”
Randy Newman, Teaching Fellow, C. S. Lewis Institute; author, Questioning Evangelism and Bringing the Gospel Home

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Truth Endures: Landmark Sermons from Forty Years of Unleashing God’s Truth One Verse at a Time

By John MacArthur

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This rich collection of twelve memorable sermons from John MacArthur commemorates his legacy of careful, verse-by-verse biblical exposition. Forty years in the making, this book is a landmark volume that will be prized by MacArthur readers everywhere.

“John MacArthur has set the benchmark for diligent study, careful exegesis, and faithful exposition and all of us are encouraged by his example.”
Alistair Begg, Senior Pastor, Parkside Church, Cleveland, Ohio

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The Final Days of Jesus: Sunday, March 29, AD 33

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In this week’s video series, well-known New Testament scholars explore the background and significance of the history-shaping events that occurred during Jesus’s last week on earth. Designed as a supplement to The Final Days of Jesus, our prayer is that these videos will help deepen your understanding and experience of Holy Week.



The Final Days of Jesus: Palm Sunday
from Crossway on Vimeo.

 

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The Final Days of Jesus: The Most Important Week of the Most Important Person Who Ever Lived
Andreas J. Köstenberger and Justin Taylor, with Alexander Stewart

Combining a chronological arrangement of the biblical text with insightful commentary, this book serves as a day-by-day guide to Jesus’s final week on earth, complete with a quick-reference glossary and color maps.

Free Downloads:
Excerpt / Study Guide / 40-Day Reading Guide

 

April 13, 2014 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Biblical Studies,Books,Jesus Christ,Life & Doctrine,New Testament,The Gospel,Theology,Video | Author: Matt Tully @ 8:30 am | 1 Comment »

Digital Roundup – 4/11/14

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1. Social e-reading app Readmill acquired by Dropbox, being discontinued.

Readmill, one of the e-reader apps we like to recommend, recently announced its discontinuation. Read their epilogue here. We plan to provide an updated list of recommended e-reader apps soon!

2. Barnes and Noble Nook update available.

Barnes and Noble released a firmware update for the Nook Glowlight. They also announced plans to release a new tablet later this year. Good news Nook users: you can purchase e-books from Crossway and download them from your virtual bookshelf and upload them onto your device.

3. E-readers make increased reading easier, study shows.

Are you an avid reader? According to a recent study, owners of e-readers are more likely to read than the average person. For an easy way to keep up with daily Bible reading, check out our ESV Daily Reading Bible e-book that portions the text into 365 daily readings.

4. Mentors for your Christian life can be found on your (virtual) bookshelf.

In this article, the Village Church offers 3 tips on how to transform reading into a deeply personal experience to aid in your spiritual formation. One great place to start would be Crossway’s Theologians on the Christian Life series, which explores the lives, writings, and theology of the great teachers of the Christian faith. Pick up your tablet and begin a conversation in the margins with wise saints such as John CalvinFrancis SchaefferDietrich BonhoefferJohn Wesley, & B.B. Warfield.

For more digital and tech updates, follow us on Twitter (@CrosswayDigital).

April 11, 2014 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Apps,Books,Digital,Digital,E-Books,News & Announcements | Author: Matt Tully @ 3:49 pm | 0 Comments »

Making Disciples Like a Soldier, Athlete, Farmer . . . Mom

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This is a guest post by Gloria Furman. Her newest book is Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full: Gospel Meditations for Busy Moms.


Vomit and Verses

“Why do they always come to my side of the bed when they need to throw up?” I asked my husband an honest question.

One of our kids was sick that day, so it was time to put on the Nurse Mommy hat (and poncho). I changed cold compresses on her head, rinsed out her vomit bucket, held a drinking straw to her lips, kept the healthy kids under control, and made a mental note to call my own mom and thank her for all the times she did this for me.

Somewhere in the middle of laundering soiled bed sheets, I read that day’s Scripture reading: 2 Timothy 2. In this chapter, Paul tells Timothy that he must rely on God’s grace to fulfill his calling as a disciple-maker. And here I was up to my elbows with a very tangible illustration of my own need for grace to do what God has called me to do.

The daily (and nightly) disciple-making work of mothering makes us increasingly aware of our need to be “strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 2:1).

Disciple-Making Mothers

Even though the metaphors Paul uses in this particular passage aren’t your typical descriptions of motherhood, it’s not hard to catch a glimpse of disciple-making motherhood through the eyes of a soldier, athlete, and farmer (2 Timothy 2:1-7).

A mother participates in making disciples of Jesus as she invests her life in the work of evangelizing and discipling her children in every day life. It has been said that moms lead more people to Jesus than do evangelistic events and outreach programs. Consider the examples that Paul uses to encourage Timothy in his calling and see how they relate to motherhood. Like faithful soldiers, we are diligent even with the small things because we aim to please the Lord. Like persistent athletes who compete with integrity, we aim to stay focused on what the Lord has given us to do. Like hard-working farmers, we invest our everyday lives into our children and pray expectantly that God would produce fruit that will last.

You may have read on a greeting card somewhere that motherhood is not for the faint of heart. But I don’t buy it; motherhood must be for the faint of heart. Disciple-making like a soldier/athlete/farmer-mom means that we need to be strengthened by God’s grace to do the routine, hard work that moves the gospel forward.

Mary Had a Little Lamb

Bringing order out of kitchen chaos and subduing the algebra homework with your kids sounds like a demeaning job description to the world. But the disciple-making work of motherhood is part of something bigger than simply keeping the dust bunnies at bay.

We nurture life in light of the long-view of motherhood. When we look out and see the effects of the Fall “as sin reigned in death,” we don’t despair. We look to the cross and remember that, because of Jesus’ substitutionary death, “grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 5:21).

We nurture life in the face of death to the praise of God’s glory in all of our work. Being “pro” life means you are for that person’s life (especially their spiritual life) in every way and at all times. And there’s no way a busy mom can love like that unless she sees how she has been loved like that.

We are loved by God in ways that our sin-besotted hearts cannot comprehend. Even after our first parents sinned in the Garden and God justly pronounced a curse, a blessing for mankind could still be heard. God promised a Rescuer. “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise our head, and you shall bruise his heel” (Genesis 3:15).

Thousands of years later, a virgin gave birth to a son. His tiny little feet would ultimately turn into serpent-crushing feet. God sent his Son, Jesus, to do the work of subduing his enemy and rescuing his children by dying on the cross and rising from the dead. The long-view of motherhood looks way past potty training and high school graduation to scan the horizon of eternity, where the incarnate Son of God is risen and reigning.

Making Disciples in the Living Room

Our children are included in panta ta ethne (“all the nations”) of the Great Commission. Jesus’s assurances that he has been given “all authority in heaven and on earth” (Matthew 28:18) and that he is with us always “to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20) are ours for the keeping and believing in our everyday disciple-making.

The world isn’t going to give you a medal for wiping vomit off the floor. Paparazzi aren’t waiting in the bushes outside your house trying to snap a photo of you praying for your kids. But your prayer-full, hope-filled work of evangelism and discipleship—done through the strengthening grace of Jesus—gives him praise that echoes in eternity.

And that moves all of heaven to rejoice.


Gloria Furman is a wife, mother of four young children, doula, and blogger. In 2008 her family moved to the Middle East to plant Redeemer Church of Dubai where her husband, Dave, serves as the pastor. She is the author of Glimpses of Grace and Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full, and she blogs regularly at Desiring God, The Gospel Coalition, and GloriaFurman.com.

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