Mark 3: Mighty Overcomer

11:00am, Sun 11th Feb 2018
Morning Worship
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What does "Overcomer" mean to you?  We 'overcome' a strong opponent, a powerful oppressor.

Isaiah 42, the First Servant Song.  Israel was in trouble, with powerful enemies around.  Who will help?  A Rescuer, the Servant of God.  He will bring forth justice; but he will not shout or raise his voice, and a bruised reed he will not break.  Not quite the warrior they were expecting!

In Victorian times, Jesus was portrayed as gentle, meek and mild, an example of goodness.  But could he have rescued anybody?

In the 1930s a Swedish scholar called Gustav Aulén wrote a book called Christus Victor.  He explained that Jesus won a great victory on the Cross.  In Colossians 2.15 Paul describes this as a triumphal procession.

I'm reading about Perfectionism: not excellence, a good thing; but instead never being satisfied, always trying harder.  Jesus overcoming evil was not our example of effort, but our Saviour, the only one who could save us.  In Gethsemane, Jesus wrestles alone, and overcomes.

How do we apply this in practice?  1 John tells us that Jesus is the key: "You, dear children, have overcome evil, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world."

Jesus is the Lion of Judah, the Mighty Overcomer.