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Mark 1:35-39 Preaching in Galilee

In his epistle written around A.D. 66, John Mark began his letter by introducing John The Baptist, God’s messenger by describing how his role was to announce the coming of the Messiah, and baptize Him in the Jordan River so Jesus could fulfill all righteousness, and be identify with those He came to redeem.

After He was baptized, Christ was tested by Satan in the wilderness for forty days but the Messiah persevered and resisted temptation as He prepared for His ministry, which He started in Galilee while John The Baptist was imprisoned for rebuking Herod Antipas.

The Lord’s ministry began along the Sea of Galilee where He recruited His first four apostles, Simon, Andrew, James and John, who were all fishermen from Capernaum, a small fishing village located on the northern shore of the lake. This was the location where Jesus performed His first recorded miracle when He healed a possessed man, delivering him from a demon. Jesus followed His first miracle with another when He miraculously healed Simon’s mother in law who was gravely ill, then as word spread about these healings, the entire population of the city gathered outside the house door where Jesus answered the call to heal the sick.

“35 Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed.” (Mark 1:35)

Now, Mark points out that Jesus’ fulfillment of His mission started before the sun was up as the Savior engaged in prayer and meditation for enlightenment as He furthered His ministry according to the will of God.

“36 And Simon and those who were with Him searched for Him. 37 When they found Him, they said to Him, “Everyone is looking for You.” (Mark 1:36-37)

Next, Mark tells us how it was Simon who lead the envoy to find Jesus, pointing out that apostle as taking on an early position of leadership within the church. And, when they found Him, they reminded Jesus of those who sought to be healed by His divine hands.

“38 But He said to them, “Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also, because for this purpose I have come forth.” (Mark 1:38)

After He heard this, Jesus informed the group of followers of His intention to further His ministry by advancing the gospel to neighboring towns, thereby fulfilling prophecy which announced a Savior of souls, not merely a healer.

“39 And He was preaching in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and casting out demons.” (Mark 1:39)

And so it was, that Jesus walked throughout Galilee, preaching the gospel, healing the sick and casting out demons a divinely appointed movement continued to gain momentum across the region. Let’s pray!

Father God;
We thank you for your blessings in our lives,
We praise you Lord for the wisdom found through the gospel of Mark,
We ask you Lord to inspire us to use these verses in our lives
As we continue to learn more about you through your word.

Lord we ask you to strengthen us each day as we endure through battles,
Allow us to praise and love each other through faith in you Jesus,
Shield us from evil through truth, the gospel, salvation and prayer,
Guide us to abide by your word as we spread your gospel to one and all
Becoming examples of faith through our character as we walk the narrow path.

God we pray that you will continue to bless us, to bless our lives and fill us with hope
We ask you Lord to guide our footsteps and lead us to the way everlasting,
Through faith in you Lord we seek salvation and a place with you in heaven
According to your ways, your everlasting wisdom and strength.

May your will be done
In our lives, for your life.

We thank you for your love and all you bless us with each day.

Praise God,
Amen!

This message was written by Daniel St.Pierre
Email: danielstpierre@thrivethroughchrist.com

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Mark 1:32-34 Many Healed After Sabbath Sunset

In his epistle written around A.D. 66, John Mark began his letter by introducing John The Baptist, God’s messenger by describing how his role was to announce the coming of the Messiah, and baptize Him in the Jordan River so Jesus could fulfill all righteousness, and be identify with those He came to redeem.

After He was baptized, Christ was tested by Satan in the wilderness for forty days but the Messiah persevered and resisted temptation as He prepared for His ministry, which He started in Galilee while John The Baptist was imprisoned for rebuking Herod Antipas.

The Lord’s ministry began along the Sea of Galilee where He recruited His first four apostles, Simon, Andrew, James and John, who were all fishermen from Capernaum, a small fishing village located on the northern shore of the lake. This was the location where Jesus performed His first recorded miracle when He healed a possessed man, delivering him from a demon. Jesus followed His first miracle with another when He miraculously healed Simon’s mother in law who was gravely ill.

Next, Mark tells us about miraculous healings at Capernaum…

“32 At evening, when the sun had set, they brought to Him all who were sick and those who were demon-possessed. 33 And the whole city was gathered together at the door. 34 Then He healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and He did not allow the demons to speak, because they knew Him.” (Mark 1:32-34)

Next, when the Sabbath had concluded and Jesus’ fame spread throughout Capernaum, the entire population of the city gathered outside the house door where Jesus answered the call to heal the sick, those who were beyond physicians’ abilities.

At that time, Jesus also exorcised and silenced demons who knew full well it was God Himself who acted through the hands of the Messiah. Let’s pray!

Father God;
We thank you for your blessings in our lives,
We praise you Lord for the wisdom found through the gospel of Mark,
We ask you Lord to inspire us to use these verses in our lives
As we continue to learn more about you through your word.

Lord we ask you to strengthen us each day as we endure through battles,
Allow us to praise and love each other through faith in you Jesus,
Shield us from evil through truth, the gospel, salvation and prayer,
Guide us to abide by your word as we spread your gospel to one and all
Becoming examples of faith through our character as we walk the narrow path.

God we pray that you will continue to bless us, to bless our lives and fill us with hope
We ask you Lord to guide our footsteps and lead us to the way everlasting,
Through faith in you Lord we seek salvation and a place with you in heaven
According to your ways, your everlasting wisdom and strength.

May your will be done
In our lives, for your life.

We thank you for your love and all you bless us with each day.

Praise God,
Amen!

This message was written by Daniel St.Pierre
Email: danielstpierre@thrivethroughchrist.com

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Mark 1:29-31 Peter’s Mother-in-Law Healed

In his epistle written around A.D. 66, John Mark began his letter by introducing John The Baptist, God’s messenger by describing how his role was to announce the coming of the Messiah, and baptize Him in the Jordan River so Jesus could fulfill all righteousness, and be identify with those He came to redeem.

After He was baptized, Christ was tested by Satan in the wilderness for forty days but the Messiah persevered and resisted temptation as He prepared for His ministry, which He started in Galilee while John The Baptist was imprisoned for rebuking Herod Antipas.

The Lord’s ministry began along the Sea of Galilee where He recruited His first four apostles, Simon, Andrew, James and John, who were all fishermen from Capernaum, a small fishing village located on the northern shore of the lake. This was the location where Jesus performed His first recorded miracle when He healed a possessed man, delivering him from a demon.

Next, Mark tells us about another miraculous healing at Capernaum…

“29 Now as soon as they had come out of the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John.” (Mark 1:29)

Once their visit to the synagogue had concluded, Jesus and His apostles made their way to the edge of the village where Simon and Andrew dwelled. Both brother shared a house, along with Simon’s wife and her mother.

“30 But Simon’s wife’s mother lay sick with a fever, and they told Him about her at once. 31 So He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and immediately the fever left her. And she served them.” (Mark 1:30-31)

After they entered the house, Jesus was informed that Simon’s mother in law laid ill in bed with a fever. Immediately, He went to her and healed her in a way that was so miraculous, she stood up and was able to prepare and serve a meal to her son in law and his guests. This healing is at the root of Simon’s deep love for, and his dedication to Jesus.

After they witnessed another miraculous healing performed by Jesus, Andrew, James and John also surrendered their lives to One they were convinced was the promised Messiah. Let’s pray!

Father God;
We thank you for your blessings in our lives,
We praise you Lord for the wisdom found through the gospel of Mark,
We ask you Lord to inspire us to use these verses in our lives
As we continue to learn more about you through your word.

Lord we ask you to strengthen us each day as we endure through battles,
Allow us to praise and love each other through faith in you Jesus,
Shield us from evil through truth, the gospel, salvation and prayer,
Guide us to abide by your word as we spread your gospel to one and all
Becoming examples of faith through our character as we walk the narrow path.

God we pray that you will continue to bless us, to bless our lives and fill us with hope
We ask you Lord to guide our footsteps and lead us to the way everlasting,
Through faith in you Lord we seek salvation and a place with you in heaven
According to your ways, your everlasting wisdom and strength.

May your will be done
In our lives, for your life.

We thank you for your love and all you bless us with each day.

Praise God,
Amen!

This message was written by Daniel St.Pierre
Email: danielstpierre@thrivethroughchrist.com

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Mark 1:21-28 Jesus Casts Out an Unclean Spirit

In his epistle written around A.D. 66, John Mark began his letter by introducing John The Baptist, God’s messenger by describing how his role was to announce the coming of the Messiah, and baptize Him in the Jordan River so Jesus could fulfill all righteousness, and be identify with those He came to redeem.

After He was baptized, Christ was tested by Satan in the wilderness for forty days but the Messiah persevered and resisted temptation as He prepared for His ministry, which He started in Galilee while John The Baptist was imprisoned for rebuking Herod Antipas.

The Lord’s ministry began along the Sea of Galilee where He recruited His first four apostles, Simon, Andrew, James and John, who were all fishermen.

Next, Mark tells us about one of Jesus’ miracles at Capernaum…

“21 Then they went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath He entered the synagogue and taught. 22 And they were astonished at His teaching, for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.” (Mark 1:21-22)

Jesus and His disciples made their way along the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum, a fishing village with a population of about 1,500 located on the northern shore of the lake. It was in the hometown of Simon, Andrew, James and John that Jesus went to the synagogue, the building where Jews meet for worship and instruction. Because He was a Jew, Jesus was allowed to enter the building and teach those present who noticed His instruction was far superior to that of the Scribes who were well versed in the Scriptures, but often taught according to more prominent rabbis’s instruction.

“23 Now there was a man in their synagogue with an unclean spirit. And he cried out, 24 saying, “Let us alone! What have we to do with You, Jesus of Nazareth? Did You come to destroy us? I know who You are—the Holy One of God!” (Mark 1:23-24)

As He was teaching, Jesus was heckled by a man possessed with a demon who claimed to know that Jesus was a divine being. The man spoke on behalf of other demons as he confronted the Lord who had indeed come to overcome evil.

“25 But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be quiet, and come out of him!” 26 And when the unclean spirit had convulsed him and cried out with a loud voice, he came out of him.” (Mark 1:25-26)

Then, Jesus rebuked the demon and called on him to leave the man’s body, and when he did, the demon cried out as he was leaving a body he had secured as part of Satan’s army.

“27 Then they were all amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, “What is this? What new doctrine is this? For with authority He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey Him.” 28 And immediately His fame spread throughout all the region around Galilee.” (Mark 1:27-28)

When they witnessed the miraculous exorcism, those present in the synagogue were amazed and they quickly spread the word about the teaching they experienced and the miraculous healing they witnessed, initiating Jesus’ notoriety throughout the region. Let’s pray!

Father God;
We thank you for your blessings in our lives,
We praise you Lord for the wisdom found through the gospel of Mark,
We ask you Lord to inspire us to use these verses in our lives
As we continue to learn more about you through your word.

Lord we ask you to strengthen us each day as we endure through battles,
Allow us to praise and love each other through faith in you Jesus,
Shield us from evil through truth, the gospel, salvation and prayer,
Guide us to abide by your word as we spread your gospel to one and all
Becoming examples of faith through our character as we walk the narrow path.

God we pray that you will continue to bless us, to bless our lives and fill us with hope
We ask you Lord to guide our footsteps and lead us to the way everlasting,
Through faith in you Lord we seek salvation and a place with you in heaven
According to your ways, your everlasting wisdom and strength.

May your will be done
In our lives, for your life.

We thank you for your love and all you bless us with each day.

Praise God,
Amen!

This message was written by Daniel St.Pierre
Email: danielstpierre@thrivethroughchrist.com

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Mark 1:16-20 Four Fishermen Called as Disciples

In his epistle written around A.D. 66, John Mark began his letter by introducing John The Baptist, God’s messenger by describing how his role was to announce the coming of the Messiah, and baptize Him in the Jordan River so Jesus could fulfill all righteousness, and be identify with those He came to redeem.

After He was baptized, Christ was tested by Satan in the wilderness for forty days but the Messiah persevered and resisted temptation as He prepared for His ministry, which He started in Galilee while John The Baptist was imprisoned for rebuking Herod Antipas.

Next, Mark tells us about Jesus’ encounter with His first four apostles…

“16 And as He walked by the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. 17 Then Jesus said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” 18 They immediately left their nets and followed Him.” (Mark 1:16-18)

The Sea of Galilee is a freshwater lake about 13 miles long, 8 miles wide and 686 feet below sea level, making this lake the lowest body of fresh water on Earth. The source of a thriving fishing industry, the Sea of Galilee is fed mainly by the Jordan River. It was by the shore of this lake that Jesus called His first two apostles who were destined to become disciples as each one fulfilled prophecy to embark on the great commission.

“19 When He had gone a little farther from there, He saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were in the boat mending their nets. 20 And immediately He called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants, and went after Him.” (Mark 1:19-20)

Further down the lake, Jesus walked up to two more fishermen who He also called to follow Him, and immediately both brothers James and John left their father and his crew to serve the Lord.

These were Jesus’ first four apostles, fishermen who were dedicated men, accustomed to a profitable life style yet ready to give up their livelihood and security to follow a person whom they knew very little about. Let’s pray!

Father God;
We thank you for your blessings in our lives,
We praise you Lord for the wisdom found through the gospel of Mark,
We ask you Lord to inspire us to use these verses in our lives
As we continue to learn more about you through your word.

Lord we ask you to strengthen us each day as we endure through battles,
Allow us to praise and love each other through faith in you Jesus,
Shield us from evil through truth, the gospel, salvation and prayer,
Guide us to abide by your word as we spread your gospel to one and all
Becoming examples of faith through our character as we walk the narrow path.

God we pray that you will continue to bless us, to bless our lives and fill us with hope
We ask you Lord to guide our footsteps and lead us to the way everlasting,
Through faith in you Lord we seek salvation and a place with you in heaven
According to your ways, your everlasting wisdom and strength.

May your will be done
In our lives, for your life.

We thank you for your love and all you bless us with each day.

Praise God,
Amen!

This message was written by Daniel St.Pierre
Email: danielstpierre@thrivethroughchrist.com

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Mark 1:14-15 Jesus Begins His Galilean Ministry

In his epistle written around A.D. 66, John Mark began his letter by introducing John The Baptist, God’s messenger by describing how his role was to announce the coming of the Messiah, and baptize Him in the Jordan River so Jesus could fulfill all righteousness, and be identify with those He came to redeem.

After He was baptized, Christ was tested by Satan in the wilderness for forty days but the Messiah persevered and resisted temptation as He prepared for His ministry.

Next, the apostle tells us of the start of this ministry…

“14 Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.” (Mark 1:14-15)

Because he rebuked the 1st-century ruler of Galilee and Perea, Herod Antipas who had an incestuous marriage to his niece, Herodias, John was incarcerated in Machaerus and eventually executed at the request of Herod’s step-daughter Salome and her mother.

While John was in prison, Jesus began His ministry throughout Galilee, a heavily populated region west of the Jordan River where the Messiah preached the word of God, spread love and healed the sick. Jesus also called on sinners to repent and place their trust in the gospel so those who believe can be saved from the wages of sin and inherit a place in Heaven. Let’s pray!

Father God;
We thank you for your blessings in our lives,
We praise you Lord for the wisdom found through the gospel of Mark,
We ask you Lord to inspire us to use these verses in our lives
As we continue to learn more about you through your word.

Lord we ask you to strengthen us each day as we endure through battles,
Allow us to praise and love each other through faith in you Jesus,
Shield us from evil through truth, the gospel, salvation and prayer,
Guide us to abide by your word as we spread your gospel to one and all
Becoming examples of faith through our character as we walk the narrow path.

God we pray that you will continue to bless us, to bless our lives and fill us with hope
We ask you Lord to guide our footsteps and lead us to the way everlasting,
Through faith in you Lord we seek salvation and a place with you in heaven
According to your ways, your everlasting wisdom and strength.

May your will be done
In our lives, for your life.

We thank you for your love and all you bless us with each day.

Praise God,
Amen!

This message was written by Daniel St.Pierre
Email: danielstpierre@thrivethroughchrist.com

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Mark 1:12-13 Satan Tempts Jesus

In his epistle written around A.D. 66, John Mark began his letter by introducing John The Baptist, God’s messenger by describing how his role was to announce the coming of the Messiah, and baptize Him in the Jordan River so Jesus could fulfill all righteousness, and be identify with those He came to redeem.

Next, the apostle tells us how Jesus was tempted by the enemy…

“12 Immediately the Spirit drove Him into the wilderness.” (Mark 1:12)

Mark describes how, immediately after John baptized Jesus, the Holy Spirit allowed Jesus to be tempted by Satan as the Savior endeavored into the wilderness, the desolate region where John has ministered, and where sin and temptation reigned.

“13 And He was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan, and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered to Him.” (Mark 1:13)

Because He was God in the flesh, both a divine being and a human being, like us Jesus could be tempted. But unlike us, He never gave in to temptation.

Mark also wrote about the length of time Jesus battled temptation from the enemy, which was forty days during which the Son of God fasted, prayed and found Himself ministered to by God’s creations and His angels.

Like us, Christ was tested. What separates Him from us resides in His righteousness which must be imputed to those who place their trust and hope in the divine Savior, as only believers who are made perfect through His righteousness will enter Heaven. Let’s pray!

Father God;
We thank you for your blessings in our lives,
We praise you Lord for the wisdom found through the gospel of Mark,
We ask you Lord to inspire us to use these verses in our lives
As we continue to learn more about you through your word.

Lord we ask you to strengthen us each day as we endure through battles,
Allow us to praise and love each other through faith in you Jesus,
Shield us from evil through truth, the gospel, salvation and prayer,
Guide us to abide by your word as we spread your gospel to one and all
Becoming examples of faith through our character as we walk the narrow path.

God we pray that you will continue to bless us, to bless our lives and fill us with hope
We ask you Lord to guide our footsteps and lead us to the way everlasting,
Through faith in you Lord we seek salvation and a place with you in heaven
According to your ways, your everlasting wisdom and strength.

May your will be done
In our lives, for your life.

We thank you for your love and all you bless us with each day.

Praise God,
Amen!

This message was written by Daniel St.Pierre
Email: danielstpierre@thrivethroughchrist.com

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Mark 1:9-11 John Baptizes Jesus

In his epistle written around A.D. 66, John Mark began his letter by introducing John The Baptist, God’s messenger by describing how his role was to announce the coming of the Messiah, in both the physical wilderness of the region as well as the spiritual wilderness throughout Judea.

Next, the apostle introduces Jesus…

“9 It came to pass in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordan.” (Mark 1:9)

Mark now describes how John baptized Jesus in the Jordan river in spite of the fact the Son of God was without sin, and since John’s baptism was one of repentance, the Baptist saw no need for Jesus to be baptized. However, the Lamb of God instructed John to perform the baptism never the less so to fulfill all righteousness, and identify the Christ with those He came to redeem.

“10 And immediately, coming up from the water, He saw the heavens parting and the Spirit descending upon Him like a dove.” (Mark 1:10)

As John concluded his baptism of the Lamb, when Jesus came out of the water He observed a divine appointment as the sky opened up to reveal the Holy Spirit descending upon the Christ, thereby starting Jesus’ ministry.

“11 Then a voice came from heaven, “You are My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” (Mark 1:11)

Lastly, Mark describes how God, the divine Father spoke from heaven, giving His blessing to Jesus as He embarked on the fulfillment of prophecy through His ministry, changing the eternal destination of countless sinners who, without Christ would surely be doomed, forever. Let’s pray!

Father God;
We thank you for your blessings in our lives,
We praise you Lord for the wisdom found through the gospel of Mark,
We ask you Lord to inspire us to use these verses in our lives
As we continue to learn more about you through your word.

Lord we ask you to strengthen us each day as we endure through battles,
Allow us to praise and love each other through faith in you Jesus,
Shield us from evil through truth, the gospel, salvation and prayer,
Guide us to abide by your word as we spread your gospel to one and all
Becoming examples of faith through our character as we walk the narrow path.

God we pray that you will continue to bless us, to bless our lives and fill us with hope
We ask you Lord to guide our footsteps and lead us to the way everlasting,
Through faith in you Lord we seek salvation and a place with you in heaven
According to your ways, your everlasting wisdom and strength.

May your will be done
In our lives, for your life.

We thank you for your love and all you bless us with each day.

Praise God,
Amen!

This message was written by Daniel St.Pierre
Email: danielstpierre@thrivethroughchrist.com

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Mark 1:1-8 John the Baptist Prepares the Way

Written around A.D. 66 during Emperor Nero’s persecution of Christians in Rome, the gospel of Mark was written by John Mark, an apostle of Christ. The epistle describes the ministry of Jesus from his water baptism by John the Baptist, to his death on the cross, burial and the discovery of the empty tomb by Mary, Jesus’ mother and Mary Magdalene, a disciple and servant of the Messiah.

A cousin of Barnabas, John Mark accompanied Paul on his first missionary journey, and he eventually returned to Jerusalem where he continued to advance the gospel of the risen Christ, and inspire saints to do the same.

“1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.” (Mark 1:1)

The apostle begins his letter by introducing Jesus as the the Christ and Son of Yahweh, the One who created the universe and all that is in it.

“2 As it is written in the Prophets: “Behold, I send My messenger before Your face, Who will prepare Your way before You.” (Mark 1:2)

Next, Mark reminds his readers of the prophecy that announced a messenger who was chosen to prepare Jesus for His ministry. The prophets who predicted this messenger included Isaiah, Micah, Daniel, Jeremiah, Zechariah, Zechariah and others.

“3 The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord; Make His paths straight.’” (Mark 1:3)

Mark continues his introduction of the messenger by describing how his role was to announce the coming of the Messiah, in both the physical wilderness of the region as well as the spiritual wilderness throughout Judea.

“4 John came baptizing in the wilderness and preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. 5 Then all the land of Judea, and those from Jerusalem, went out to him and were all baptized by him in the Jordan River, confessing their sins” (Mark 1:4-5)

Finally, the messenger’s name is revealed in John, the cousin of Jesus by way of Elizabeth and Zechariah. John’s mission was divinely appointed, as he answered God’s calling to prepare the way for Jesus’ ministry through water baptisms in which those who were baptized acknowledged and repented of their sins.

“6 Now John was clothed with camel’s hair and with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey.” (Mark 1:6)

As John was a Nazirite who did not have a home, and he was committed to serving God wholeheartedly, and this was obvious in his attire and diet which were minimalist yet in tune with Jewish customs. Camel’s hair was woven into a heavy, thick cloth typically used in tents for its durability and thermostatic properties. It is safe to assume John’s garment was not comfortable, but it was durable. As for his diet, since he lived in wilderness, John ate what he could find and both locusts and wild honey were abundant in the region.

“7 And he preached, saying, “There comes One after me who is mightier than I, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to stoop down and loose. 8 I indeed baptized you with water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” (Mark 1:7-8)

Lastly, Mark shared John’s message to those he baptized as the Baptist announced the coming of the Messiah as the time for Jesus to begin His ministry was at hand. John made it clear that Jesus’ baptism was based on faith rather then repentance, and that this baptism in the Spirit was far more important than John’s. Let’s pray!

Father God;
We thank you for your blessings in our lives,
We praise you Lord for the wisdom found through the gospel of Mark,
We ask you Lord to inspire us to use these verses in our lives
As we continue to learn more about you through your word.

Lord we ask you to strengthen us each day as we endure through battles,
Allow us to praise and love each other through faith in you Jesus,
Shield us from evil through truth, the gospel, salvation and prayer,
Guide us to abide by your word as we spread your gospel to one and all
Becoming examples of faith through our character as we walk the narrow path.

God we pray that you will continue to bless us, to bless our lives and fill us with hope
We ask you Lord to guide our footsteps and lead us to the way everlasting,
Through faith in you Lord we seek salvation and a place with you in heaven
According to your ways, your everlasting wisdom and strength.

May your will be done
In our lives, for your life.

We thank you for your love and all you bless us with each day.

Praise God,
Amen!

This message was written by Daniel St.Pierre
Email: danielstpierre@thrivethroughchrist.com

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Hebrews 13:20-25 Benediction, Final Exhortation, Farewell

Written around A.D. 63 by an unknown author, a letter titled “To The Hebrews” was meant to strengthen Messianic Jews who found themselves under attack by the enemy in the form of persecution against Christians, or anyone else who pledged their support of Jesus. In its introduction, the author declared Jesus the exact representation of God in the flesh, a man who fulfilled all prophecies including living a perfect, sinless life that was taken on the cross, where the Savior died for our sins, then Christ’s presence among men concluded with His ascension to Heaven where a seat was reserved for Him, at the right hand of the Father, a position of power, authority and power over all other angels, appointed messengers of the Creator.

Next, the author established the difference between the angels and the Son of God, a title reserved to Jesus who was born of God, and unlike the angel who were created beings, Christ was begotten as the firstborn, and just as the heavenly Father, would be worshiped as such. After this, the letter’s focus shifted from the deity of Jesus to the importance of His message, calling on readers to pay close attention to the gospel taught by the Son of God or risk drifting away from the benefits associated with the truth spoken by the Messiah. Then, the author cited a Psalm of David, prompting his readers to identify this “man” as the physical body of Jesus, the part of Him that was created by God and exposed to temptation, to sin. In death, the human part of the Savior placed Him below angels, who have continuous access to Heaven, while Jesus was cast into a prison, then beaten and eventually, nailed to a cross where He died. After His death on the cross, the Messiah was resurrected from the dead, fulfilling prophecy and after 40 days, He ascended to Heaven where He continues to rejoice along side God, and with the angels whom He now is once again considered “above.” Then, the author pointed out how both Moses and Jesus were faithful to their respective ministry, and as such, those who rely on Christ for their salvation should remain faithful to Him with whom believers place their hope and trust. It is to those who stand fast and patiently continue to obediently serve the Lord who will inherit a place in the kingdom of God.

Following this, the Holy Spirit revealed to the author how God was angry with those He doomed for forty years in the wilderness, as their hearts were hardened toward God in spite of the countless miracles He performed, including delivering them from bondage in Egypt through Moses, one of His prophets. The author then reminded his readers of words shared by God through scripture, that He did indeed offer rest to those who believe and obey, those whose faith is accompanied by works done for the glory of the divine Father. Alternatively, God promised no rest to those who deny His divinity. Then, the author wrote about the prominence and omnipresence of God, the Almighty, the One who created all living creatures and He who knows our hearts, our thoughts. No one can hide from Yahweh, the One true God who is the final judge over His creation.

Next, the author of the letter to the Hebrews described how, just as the high priest of the Old Covenant, Jesus, the divine Priest ascended to His throne located in the most holy place by passing through 3 areas starting with the atmospheric heaven, the stellar heaven and finally, taking His place among the abode of God. It is in Him believers should place their hope, and through faith in the risen Savior believers must rely for salvation. Also, high priesthood was an appointment resulting from a calling from God, and that just as Aaron, the prophet and older brother of Moses, the ministry of the high priest is ordained by the divine Father, and should not be taken lightly or endeavored by anyone driven by profession or profit, a clear indication of a sinful heart not suited for spiritual leadership within the family of God. So it was that, Jesus, the divine High Priest was made perfect by living a perfect life, and dying a perfect death according to God’s perfect plan. In spite of this eternal perfection, the author of the letter to the Hebrews calls his audience “dull of hearing” as they seemingly chose to rebel against the truth, and opt to deviate from the narrow path the leads to eternal life. Because of this, they should seek spiritual maturity in the word, in fellowship and worship as each one strives to fulfill the great commission, bringing glory to God and advancing the gospel to the four corners of the earth.

Then, the author of the letter to the Hebrews called on his readers to evolve from the elementary principles of Christ which stem from works based salvation, the basis of Judaism, and focus on spiritual maturity in the way of salvation by faith in the risen Savior. Also, the Hebrews were to abide by God’s will and repent from their sin, promote water baptism, a public symbol of one’s re-birth as a believer, lay hands on those in need of miraculous healing and teach the concept of salvation by faith as well as warn of the ultimate price for those who choose to reject the truth about the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, the Christ.

Next, the message changed from one of warning to one of encouragement, as the author of the letter to the Hebrews shifted focus from wrath to blessings, congratulating readers on their works driven by their faith in the risen Savior. Then, the author reminded his readers of the promise God, in the way of Melchizedek, the Lord in the flesh made to Abraham, the father of many nations, that he would have more descendants than can be counted.

The author then questioned the reason for a new priesthood, as the Levitical line of priests provided a reconciliation with God, made perfect through the law revealed to Moses, whose older brother Aaron was divinely appointed the first High Priest of the Israelites. It was through Aaron’s lineage that priests were chosen unlike Melchizedek, who was not an Israelite. And, unlike the 84 High Priests who served after Aaron, until A.D. 70 when the temple was destroyed, Jesus’ priesthood is eternal, having no end as He will live forever, and overcame death on the cross to walk among men and women for forty days before ascending to the right hand of God in Heaven. Then, the author called Jesus’ ministry superior to all others since His ministry is meant to have Him serve as the intercessor between man and God, the divine Creator who made a promise through Christ that anyone who believes will be saved from the wages of their sin, unlike the previous promise based on obedience to the law which Jesus came to fulfill, then by grace, free us from bondage. Next, the author revealed how God’s new covenant was different than the law since the new promise relied on inwardly actions rather than outwardly, as the new covenant was based on faith, and grace instead of works and judgment.

After this, readers were reminded that the first covenant was based on an agreement, with salvation relying on sacrificial rituals first revealed to Moses on Mount Sinai by God Himself. It was through works the Jews were saved from the wage of their sin, and by sacrificial animal blood offerings their sin was forgiven. But, since Jesus shed His blood on the cross as part of the new covenant, animal sacrifices are no longer the way to forgiveness, nor works the channel to salvation. Then, the author called Jesus the Mediator between God and man, a title and role He earned when He gave His life on the cross, so that all those who believe in Him will be saved from the wages of sin which is eternal agony in Hell, where Satan and his army rule over all those who denied the Messiah the glory He deserves for His sacrifice.

The author also makes reference to the patriarchs who, by faith, served God as each one was blessed according to their dedication to their heavenly Father, Yahweh, the one true King. From Abraham, who left his home seeking the promise land, to his only begotten son Isaac whose sons Esau and Jacob, who by faith, blessed the sons of Joseph. Also by faith, Moses chose to live as a slave rather than a king, and by faith he led God’s people out of Egypt.

Also, the walls of Jericho fell by faith alone as God’s people circled the city for seven days, and by faith in God, kings, judges and prophets found themselves in God’s favor. And, by faith many believers lived under less than ideal circumstances, serving God wholeheartedly, and joyfully obey those who rule over us as those in Christ are called to spread God’s love in spite of persecution, trusting that our salvation is secure as our names are written in the book of life.

“20 Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, 21 make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.” (Hebrews 13:20-21)

Now, the author of the letter to the Hebrews reminds his audience of the great sacrifice made by Jesus on the cross, and that through faith in Him believers inherit a place in God’s kingdom where saints and angels rejoice, forever. By faith we are saved, and through works we are given the opportunity to bring glory to our heavenly Father who rejoices in our good deeds.

“22 And I appeal to you, brethren, bear with the word of exhortation, for I have written to you in few words.” (Hebrews 13:22)

Now, the author of the letter to the Hebrews calls on his readers to submit themselves to the words contained in the epistle, as its foundation is deeply rooted in the gospel and its goal aimed at saving souls from the wages of sin which is death and suffering in the lake of fire. Readers of the letter should hold steadfast to the message shared by the author about Jesus and the promise made by God to those who place their trust in the risen Savior, that whoever believes will inherit a place in Heaven where each one will rejoice, forever.

“23 Know that our brother Timothy has been set free, with whom I shall see you if he comes shortly.” (Hebrews 13:23)

Timothy was a servant of Christ who joined Paul during his second missionary journey. Born of a Greek father and a Jewish mother, Timothy was eventually circumcised according to Jewish tradition so he could fulfill his mission to convert Jews according to God’s will.

“24 Greet all those who rule over you, and all the saints. Those from Italy greet you. 25 Grace be with you all. Amen.” (Hebrews 13:24-25)

Lastly, the author invites his readers to share salutations with rulers and disciples alike, as believers in Italy, the location where the letter likely originated convey their salutations as well. The author concludes his letter to the Hebrews with a declaration of affirmation in the word “Amen” which means “so be it.” Let’s pray!

Father God;
We thank you for your blessings in our lives,
We praise you Lord for the wisdom found through the Letter to the Hebrews,
We ask you Lord to inspire us to use these verses in our lives
As we continue to learn more about you through your word.

Lord we ask you to strengthen us each day as we endure through battles,
Allow us to praise and love each other through faith in you Jesus,
Shield us from evil through truth, the gospel, salvation and prayer,
Guide us to abide by your word as we spread your gospel to one and all
Becoming examples of faith through our character as we walk the narrow path.

God we pray that you will continue to bless us, to bless our lives and fill us with hope
We ask you Lord to guide our footsteps and lead us to the way everlasting,
Through faith in you Lord we seek salvation and a place with you in heaven
According to your ways, your everlasting wisdom and strength.

May your will be done
In our lives, for your life.

We thank you for your love and all you bless us with each day.

Praise God,
Amen!

This message was written by Daniel St.Pierre
Email: danielstpierre@thrivethroughchrist.com