In the opening verses of Mark we have been wrestling with the periods of silence from God. We have seen that in silence God is preparing the world and that God gives us a chance to prepare, but today we finally hear the trumpet blast. John the Baptist revealed as he continued that…
From Times of Silence, God’s Word Speaks Volumes (Mark 1:7-8) And this was his message: “After me will come one more powerful than I, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit. At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.
As Mark wrote to Roman Christians, he wanted them to see, that just like their generals and Caesars were announced by a herald, that the greatest king of all, the king of kings and lord of lords was being heralded by his own messenger. Once announced, Jesus arrived ready for his anointing and announcement of the message: after 400 years, after silence, after speechlessness– The Messiah had arrived!
Sometimes, it is when a message is least expected that it is most impactful. A widow in Iowa and a Couple in NY, figured this out the hard way. The couple in NY were tired of the cold, frigid NY winters, and so they decided it was time for a change, they would move to FL. The husband was in better health so he went first, setting up the house, getting everything in order and when he was ready he went about contacting his wife—He sent her an email letting her know everything was ready.
Unfortunately, he typed in the wrong email address and here is where the widow in Iowa comes in. She had just lost her husband a few days earlier. The house was quiet, silent in fact, she was sitting at her computer enjoying a cup of coffee, when the daughter who was still home heard a scream and thud. She ran into the room and found her mom had fallen back in her chair. When she scanned the room and saw the email she realized why. The first line said: “Honey, I just wanted to let you know I made it safely!” Second line said: “Boy! Is it hot down here!” P.S. “I can’t wait for you to join me!” (As told by Jonathon Evans- Iron Sharpens Iron).
It was as they were losing hope and anticipation had turned to apathy, that God’s patience turned to participation. God’s fullness took human form, God’s promises were now being performed. Just like the audience to which Mark wrote, don’t miss it, that we too are called to prepare, for just as Christ came through the silence… 1 Thessalonians 5:2 makes clear that God is coming when we least expect it. 2For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night.
As you wrestle with perceived silence, as you struggle to hear God…know that while God is silent he is not stationary! God is working the levers of history and patiently allowing you time to prepare to be in His presence. In the end your decision determines your legacy! In 2013, a linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys Jerry Brown Jr. was killed in a car crash. He had reached the pinnacle of his profession; he had won the dream of millions, playing professional football on the Dallas Cowboys, enjoying money and fast cars. Before the team began to play their next game, both teams took a 20 second moment of silence. As soon as the silence was over, the music blared, the announcer went off, the game went on. (Johnathon Evans–shared at Iron Sharpens Iron)
Today, you get to decide if whether through Christ the silence brings the sound of salvation or whether the small sound of momentary victory is met with 20 seconds of silence and simply forgotten.