In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed. – Mark 1:35

Psalm 147 • Isaiah 40:21-31I Corinthians 9:16-23Mark 1:29-39

We continue our series, Recovering Revelation this Saturday by looking at the judgments that are poured out in chps. 6-20. Sounds fun doesn’t it? I am struck by the fact that Rev 4-5, the subject of last week’s message, is the central and centering vision of the entire book. God on the throne with Christ, the slaughtered lamb, at his side receiving worship and leading the flock.

This week’s Gospel reading paints a picture of Jesus going into a deserted place to pray. Peacefully and quietly, Jesus readies himself for the tumultous activities of the day by sitting with God in the quiet. Rev 4-5 serves a similar purpose to Jesus’ morning prayer escape. These two chapters are the center vision of the book not because they occur in the middle but because worship of, and ministry along side of, the Lamb is the necessary preparation for life in a fallen world.

Set us free, O God, from the bondage of our sins, and give us
the liberty of that abundant life which you have made known
to us in your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns
with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and
for ever. Amen.