Monthly Archives: March 2018

Mark Chapter 16

Mark chapter 16 was a very good chapter it is amazing because the disciples seem to have no idea of the Jesus would rise from the dead. Although in the Gospels it appears He told that many times it would happen. How many times has God spoken to us and maybe we just didn’t take the time to listen? I’m thankful that God speaks to me through his word and through his Holy Spirit it is also interesting that no one believed the people when they reported they had seen Jesus, because the Gospel clearly mentions this was destined to happen. It makes me wonder how many times in my life has God been saying something would happen and maybe I just didn’t believe or hear him? I know that God is faithful I’m thankful for that and know He will continue to shape me and mold me. The passage about being a disciple of all nations, is wonderful because I believe ever since the beginning of creation God has always desired for us to have that kind of discipleship with Him.

Mark Chapter 15

Short Version on my blog:
This is interesting that pilot seemed to know Jesus was Messiah but still let Him be crucified because of the chief priest getting the people to shout out “kill him”. Rather, than do what is right pilot let Jesus be crucified to appease the people and Jewish authorities. But how does Jesus suffering in Mark 15 apply to us apply to us? Well, doing the right thing regardless of how we are treated which is why 1 John 3:10 speaks of loving our brother or to see Mark 16:15 – We are commanded to basically be a disciple of Christ, and I think that means loving not just God but our Christian and Non-Christian brothers and sisters. How can we do this? In my opinion the best way to do this is to run the race of life faithfully (Mark 13:13) with endurance which to me means being obedience to Christ and following His teachings as best as possible because that is part of being a disciple of Christ!
Long Version:
This is interesting that pilot seemed to know Jesus was Messiah but still let Him be crucified because of the chief priest getting the people to shout out “kill him”. Rather, than do what is right pilot let Jesus be crucified to appease the people and Jewish authorities. It seems like we sometimes, we let our sins get in the way of having a genuine relationship with our Savior. Jesus was on the cross not just because of their sins but for ours also. We in a sense also crucified Christ because of our sins (Hebrews 6:6). One thing I took from this chapter is that it is more important to follow God than enjoy the pleasures of sin (Hebrews 11:25). Which means doing the right thing regardless of how we are treated which is why 1 John 3:10 speaks of loving our brother see Mark 16:15. Jesus in the strictest sense had every right to save Himself from the cross, He suffered for us so we should be willing to suffer for His sake (Philippians 1:29). However, I am thankful that the Christ life is not all about suffering. In fact I am thankful that Jesus died to free me from the eternal consequences of sin. We are commanded to basically be a disciple of Christ, and I think that means loving not just God but our Christian and Non-Christian brothers and sisters. How can we do this? In my opinion the best way to do this is to run the race of life faithfully (Mark 13:13) with endurance which to me means being obedience to Christ and following His teachings as best as possible because that is part of being a disciple of Christ! The context of the verse is that we should love one another just as Christ has loved us. If we are in Christ the Holy Spirit leads us, and as we allow the spirit to lead us we can overcome much of our weaknesses and God will help us to remain in Him (John 15:4).

Hypostatic union (Joined in one God-head)

Jesus never ceased to be God. The “Hypostatic union”, is the individual nature of Jesus as God. The First Council of Ephesus in 431 AD recognized this doctrine and affirmed its importance. The Council professed that in Christ there are two natures; each retaining its own properties, and together united in one subsistence and in one single person. The hypostatic union was crucial to an abiding faith in the Christian God. He was the Son of God but He surrendered using His divine attributes. When Jesus stated no one has seen God, it is because the flesh of Christ was human but through His action of living among us Jesus being God, humbled Himself.

The Eternal Nature of Jesus

Phillipans 2:6 tells us, Jesus came to the earth in the very “form of God”.

Jesus even took the title of God for Himself John 8:58, He is the “…I Am” Christ is the “I Am” of Exodus 3:14.

Yahweh means: “I Am who I Am.” God told Moses His name during the burning bush encounter when God commissioned Moses to free Israel from Egyptian bondage encounter (Exodus 3:13-15). God’s Name, the “I Am”, gives a sense of the true and eternal nature of God (Revelation 1:8).

Three absolute and eternal persons belong to this Godhead called Yahweh: (1) the Father, (2) the Son, Jesus Christ, and (3) the Holy Spirit. These three persons are one (1 John 5:7) united in unity of power and purpose forming the Trinity. Yahweh is one God made up of three persons yet one Eternal God by whom all things existed and the Father, Son, Holy Spirit through whom all was created. (John 1:3).