Summary: What made Jesus a good Preacher?
I. PERSON:* Mark 1:9-11
II. PREACHING:** Mark 1:12-34
III. PERTINACITY:*** Mark 1:35-39
Mark opens his work by not wasting many words. He does not go into the birth of Jesus because his readers-the Romans and the Gentiles-would not be interested in this detail. Instead, he begins his writing by reviewing John the Baptist’s brief work and then he moves to the advent of Jesus. In the first chapter of his writing, Mark moves through great detail about the beginning ministry of our Lord and then picks up the trail of Jesus as He begins His tour of the neighboring cities.
In the first chapter of Mark, I see Jesus as the ultimate Preacher. I see this in His PERSON. Next, I see Jesus as the Preacher in His PREACHING ministry. Then, I note His PERTINACITY as He decided upon some things that He must do for His ministry and He never varied from these goals.
* HIS PERSON: Mark does not tell us about the lineage of Jesus: he simply announces that He showed up for His baptism. However, the writer does tell us that Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and that signifies that the He was completing the prophets’ messages about His Patrimony and from where He came.
Next, Mark tells us that Jesus went to the river to be baptized. The processing part of His fulfilling the ancient messages was sufficient for Mark and he moved on with his story. It is interesting to see that Jesus did not have to be baptized but He did as He continued to do the Processing of fulfilling the law as was His custom.
Then, Mark tells us that Jesus was driven into the wilderness for His Proving-His temptation. In such short bursts of writings, Mark tells the reader what others took pages to write. Now, the scene is set for Jesus to begin His earthly ministry and He does so with great haste.
** HIS PREACHING: Mark wastes no time in beginning his description of the way Jesus began His public ministry. As one reads the words of Mark, one gets the idea that the ministry of Jesus was quick, to the point and it produced results.
The first thing I note about His Preaching was that it was Powerful. He preached for results and He got results. He confronted the enemy of mankind on his own soil and won. He preached as if He knew what He was saying and the words He spoke hit the sin question square on the head. His sermons were Powerful and so should every sermon be that names the name of Jesus.
Next, I see where His sermons were Productive. He cast out demons, He healed broken and mangled bodies, He restored people to their health and never backed down in the face of opposition of which He encountered.
His Preaching was Provocative. He laid down the gauntlet and called for a radical change in the peoples’ lives. He never compromised and He stood for what was right. His preaching was not candy coated and He always ran into a maelstrom of opposition from those who did not like this way of preaching. To effectively preach Christ, one will cause Provocations relating to the sin question in peoples’ lives and will stir up strife. Satan wants to live comfortably with sin in the sinners and when he is confronted, exposed and made to face the Son of God, he will react negatively and that was what happened to this Preacher’s Preaching.