1 – Mark 1:12-13 (ESV) 12The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. 13And he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. And he was with the wild animals, and the angels were ministering to him.
RAF: The 2nd Adam faced temptation as well as the 1st one did. But Christ prevailed where Adam failed. He faces it under far worse circumstances. He faces it as the new head of the race. In this sense, He becomes the new head of the whole human race. Those who will not receive Him as such will find their judgment in that they prefer their linkage with the type more than salvation in the Substance, and to be their own head, and not to serve under any other. Jesus’ parable in Luke 19 bears this concept out. The Nobleman who goes away into a far country to receive a Kingdom – but is followed by a delegation who say “we will not have this man to rule over us.” He acts as the substance of what Adam was only the type and shadow. More. Adam lost his headship over the race in His fall. He is allowed to make no other decisions which impact us all. While we are all joined to him organically, he no longer had power to act on our behalf after the fall. But Christ is raised to be THE head of the race once and for all. And while He is “Lord of all” – still, He also is to have a family. But His family is not be the product of natural generation as was Adam’s. His, is a family entirely composed of the adopted. That though we all fell in Adam, still we might have a new Head – and one who can save us. Jesus Christ the righteous. Oh praise His holy name for His victory in the desert for you and me!
2 – Mark 1:14-15 (ESV) 14Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, 15and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”
RAF: The message is both simple and clear:
a. Enter my kingdom. I am Lord.
b. A day of amnesty is declared. All who hear are called to come.
c. I will forgive and receive all who come.
d. I will yet judge all who refuse.
Christ has issued the call. It is the duty of every man who hears the Gospel to believe it and be saved.
3 – Mark 1:16-20 (ESV) 16Passing alongside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. 17And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” 18And immediately they left their nets and followed him. 19And going on a little farther, he saw James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, who were in their boat mending the nets. 20And immediately he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants and followed him.
RAF: As with all of us, Christ Jesus found these men:
a. Where they were. By the sea shore.
b. Doing what they were doing. Fishing.
c. Because they were who they were. They were Fishermen.
He find us:
a. In the world. He descends from Heaven, we do not ascend to it.
c. Because we are sinners.
Then He promises to make us the real, or the substance, of which we are but shadows at the present. We are but indistinct in our reflection of His image. He promises to recover that in us fully.
What a glorious Savior He is!