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1) 5-3-09…AM…SBC    2)
“A Tapestry of the Divine”
Mark 6:45-7:13
Introduction:  Famous Religious Paintings
1-      Michelangelo – Sistine Chapel
2-      Da Vinci – The Lord’s Supper
3-      5th Century Painting inside a decorated mausoleum in Ravenna, Italy
4-      Tapestry Loom – the weaving of thread into tapestries, clothing,
5-      The Apocalypse Tapestry is the longest tapestry in the world, and depicts scenes from the Book of Revelation.
It was woven between 1373 and 1382.
Originally 140m (459ft), the surviving 100m are displayed in the Château d'Angers, in Angers, France
Ø      Mark has been weaving a tapestry together of the preaching and teaching of Jesus
Ø      Mark’s tapestry put together a magnificent masterpiece that is second to none – Jesus Christ as the Son of God
Ø      This body of work is being woven together for people who need to have their hearts and lives challenged by His message and His ministry
*Proposition*:  Believer’s must be weaving a life of discipleship to Jesus Christ.
Transition:  Staying with the motif of Art and Artwork, let’s see first of all today Mark’s…
1)    Canvas of Comfort                        6:45-52
A-    Geography:     Bethsaida – North shore of the Sea of Galilee
1-      Maniac healed – Gadera—back over to NE shore (*5:21*) and visit Nazareth (*6:1*)—undisclosed location (*6:30*)—*head for Bethsaida *(*6:45*)
B-    Events: c sends disciples out—c goes to pray—evening came—boat struggling to against the wind
1-      John tells us that the disciples were 3-4 miles out to sea at the time of the storm (3-6am)
2-      They had spent all night being harassed by this storm
C-    Jesus comes to them walking on the water – not along the shore or on a sandbar as skeptics suggested
1-      Fisherman know the lakes they fish on – they were terrified because of what they saw  *v49*
2-      They *all* saw him and *all* thought he was a ghost – not a hallucination of  a few
3-      Their cry of fear was enough to bring Jesus on to the boat, where he calmed the storm.[1]
4-      When he came to the boat he said to them:
·         “Take heart” – Have courage ~/ Cheer up ~/ (my paraphrase) Get a Grip Guys!
·         “It is I” – Christ establishes Himself as the reason for them to have courage and cheer up
·         “Do not be afraid” – don’t be afraid anymore
·         They disciples still didn’t understand all that Jesus was before them
Ø      Unbelievers – thank you for being here today with us – if there is anything we can do for you don’t hesitate to ask
·       Unfortunately, as someone who rejects Christ’s sacrifice for you this passage is not for your personal comfort
·       The message Scripture has for you is not a message of comfort at all – *Romans 3:23, 6:23*
·       Universal salvation for all is not a reality – contrary to thought – not all will go to heaven by believing anything
·       The message for you this morning is to repent of your sin and believe in Jesus Christ
Ø      Believers:
·       sometimes he calms the storms of life and sometime he calms his child – here he did both
·       The Master who’s chosen you as a disciple, is guiding you, and has given you many proofs of his power~/love.[2]
·       When you are hurting and wondering if God is in control remember His words – “It is I, don’ be afraid”
·       *Instead* - Know that God is sovereign—know that he has planned exactly what you need—manifest joy in adversity – by your joy in affliction proclaim to the unbelieving community what a great God you serve
2)  A Portrayal of Power                               6:53-56
Ø      The disciples sailed for this town from the northeastern shore of the Sea of Galilee but were blown off course southward, eventually landing at Gennesaret on the western shore[3]
A-    When Jesus steps ashore he is immediately recognized[4]—both individual and mass healings
B-    Their faith was like that of the woman suffering from bleeding; they only asked to touch /the edge of his cloak/, for they knew and believed that he could heal them.[5]
Ø      Miracles brought attention Jesus’ divine approval – they authenticated the supernatural source of his message
Ø      Miracles showed to the world that was the Messiah and deserving of their faith for salvation
Ø      These people showed more faith than did the disciples did – *cf:6:52*
*Application to Unbelievers:  *Tie in that these miracles authenticate His Deity (not Harry Houdini)
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Ø      Maybe hearing that you’re on a crash collision course for hell is not sitting well with you – Here is some good news
Ø      The Good news is that the one and only God who is holy made us in his image to know Him, but we sinned and cut ourselves off from him.
Ø      In His great love for us, God became a man in Jesus—he lived a perfect life and died on a cross and took upon himself the sins of all people.
Ø      He rose again showing His power (just like miracles) over death
Ø      He now calls us to repent of our sins and trust in Christ
Ø      If we repent of our sins and trust in Christ alone, we are born again into a new life, an eternal life with God
Ø      *That’s Good News!!!*
Transition:  Now let’s look how Mark paints…
3)  A Sketch of Sincerity       (Sincere Worship)                                   7:1-13
A-    The Issue
1-    The Pharisees and law-teachers continued with their endless criticisms[6] - “they saw”  *v3*
2-    This time, they complained that Jesus’ followers did not wash their hands after any accidental contact with Gentiles in the street; it was not a matter of hygiene but religious principles.[7]
– *v4*
3-    Mark explains to his non-Jewish readers that this was only part of a complicated series of rituals[8]
4-    This criticism all came from their traditions, not from Moses, but was held just as fiercely[9]
5-    “they said” – they are holding Jesus responsible for what the disciples are doing
B-    Jesus responds with a stinging quotation from Isaiah to prove his point.
1-    *Isaiah 29:13* – Isaiah ministered during a time of religious decline in Israel
a-      Hebrew religion, like every religion, has its necessary outward forms, and every religion is susceptible to defining the reality in terms of the form.[10]
– if you do this then you must be this
b-      Hebrews religion was not different – Sabbaths, festivals, sacrifices,
c-      *Isaiah and Jesus were confronting their hypocrisy because they performed outward worship but gave no regard for the condition of their heart*
d-     The Pharisees were upset that Jesus’ disciples were not following their religious rules
e-      Jesus gives an example in *v10-11 *of their hypocrisy with a typical rabbinic trick
·         a young man could get out of his responsibility of taking care of his parents by claiming that the support the parents needed had been given to God as a sacred vow – unbreakable
·         Jesus repudiated this type of thinking as invalidating the Word of God
·         Tradition was regularly being enthroned; God’s Word dethroned![11]
Application:                Laziness by God’s people – they forgot why they were doing what it was they were doing
1-      Isaiah and Jesus observed what believers and churches today are still battling with - Laziness
2-      For the Israelites and Pharisees to not apply the truth of Scripture to their was laziness
3-      The effort at worship by these two groups were completely and utterly unacceptable
4-      *The great delusion of the church is that we can come to church, sing the songs, answer the questions, listen to the sermon, give an offering and never once engage our hearts and then somehow still it worship*
5-      May we never apply religious traditions as the sole road to spirituality for if we do we will not have understood at all what it means to worship in spirit and in truth
*Conclusion*:    What Mark is showing to us in these sections is that, like the life of Christ, the Christian’s life is one large woven tapestry.
1-      As you step back from the tapestry of Christ and put it all together you see one emerging theme – Divinity
2-      In the same way, our lives are to be one large tapestry of discipleship – *But what exactly is that to look like?*
A-    Hatred of sin—Hungering and thirsting after righteousness—studying your Bible not just reading it
B-    Discipleship is turning to God to find your source for comfort while in the storms of life
C-    Discipleship is trusting Scripture to be true when it says that God is in control
D-    Discipleship is not being lazy in living out the Christian life – worship on Sunday and knowingly disobey
E-     Discipleship is proclaiming by life and word that Christ is the Good news this world needs – *evangelism*
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*What does the tapestry of your life look like?*
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1-      Silent Prayer of Reflection
2-      Change My Heart O God – TCB#64
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[1]D. A. Carson, /New Bible Commentary : 21st Century Edition/, Rev. Ed. of: The New Bible Commentary.
3rd Ed. ~/ Edited by D. Guthrie, J.A. Motyer.
1970., 4th ed.
(Leicester, England; Downers Grove, Ill., USA: Inter-Varsity Press, 1994), Mk 6:45.
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