Laying aside and being raised up

Dean Lobs began his sermon with a quotation from the venerable Matthew Henry (1662-1714):  “if some be laid low – others shall be raised up to carry on the same work.”  He then applied the quote to the Gospel reading (Mark 1:14-20) demonstrating how John the Baptist was “laid low” by arrest and beheading – and Jesus the Son of God was “raised up” in terms of earthly ministry. Jesus proclaimed the same message as John the Baptist: “The kingdom of God is near” – repent and believe.  Jesus, Himself, would be laid low at the Cross – He “raised up” Apostles to carry His truth to the world.  Jesus summoned them from the Sea to be “fishers of men” in order to “raise up” the next generation.  In turn, the Apostle’s would be “laid low” and the earliest Christians for whom the Apostles “fished” were “raised up.” “Laying low” and “raising up” goes on from generation to generation to the present.  Finally, Dean Lobs illustrates what one “fished” for Jesus Christ looks like.

Mark 1:14-20

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