I invite you to turn in the Scripture to Mark chapter 3 verses 7 through 12...Mark chapter 3 verses 7 through 12. We're going to be reading that in just a few moments but since it's been over three months since our last look at the gospel of Mark, we need to kind of prepare our hearts and our minds for what is before us this morning.
There are four gospels in the New Testament, as you know, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. These four gospels have a singular purpose and that purpose is summed up in the final gospel, the gospel of John. In John's gospel, chapter 20 and verse 31, John says this, "These have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God and that believing you may have life in His name."
John tells us that the reason that the histories of the life and ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ have been written is so that we may believe that He is the Son of God and that by believing have eternal life in His name. The four gospels then are designed as proof or evidence of the deity of Jesus Christ. All four gospels are written for the same reason, to tell us that Jesus is no mere man, no mere prophet, no mere religious leader but rather He is the Son of God. Any Jew would understand that term, the Son of God, to mean that He shares in the very nature of God. He is God Himself. He is deity.
Eternal life comes to those who believe that. But you can't believe that unless you have evidence and the evidence of the deity of Jesus Christ is contained in the four gospels. All of them present that evidence to us....