Sunday, June 29, 2008

Journeying Through Mark, Part Four

Mark 1:12-13 The Spirit then compelled Jesus to go into the wilderness, 13 where he was tempted by Satan for forty days. He was out among the wild animals, and angels took care of him.

Jesus' Enemy is Satan

Mark has a short version of the temptation of Jesus by Satan in the wilderness, while Matthew gives us a more detailed account of the conversation in his gospel. Make no mistake about it, Satan is Jesus' arch-enemy, and therefore he is our enemy. We know that the basic temptation for Jesus was to deny His own deity and worship Satan instead. Not only is this wrong, it is ridiculous. Immediately Mark shows us how Jesus not only worships no one, but He alone is the one worthy of worship.

Jesus is Worshipped By Angels

After Jesus' dialogue with Satan, we are told that angels came to minister to Him, or worship Him. We live in a culture than for the last 20 years or so has been fascinated with angels. From TV shows to near death experience, it seems that people are inclined to see angels, not Jesus when they have "God-encounters." Not only are angels not to be worshipped, as John found out in Revelation, they in fact have as the object of their worship Jesus Christ, the Lord. Angels were not created to be worshipped, but to be worshippers. It's what they do. And this is how we see them acting in Mark 1.

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