Don Carson recently spent a weekend at Mark Driscoll’s Mars Hill Church in Seattle, giving 5 messages. For those of you who are Carson aficionados, a couple of these messages are repeats ones he gave last year, yet worth listening to again.
Don’s message on Revelation 12 was one I had not heard before, and deals with the Gospel in a fresh light. He spends some time discussing how we modern Christians are largely unaware of Satan’s attack on believers, particularly in the role of accuser. Carson also unpacks a lot of the difficult terminology we find in Revelation, providing a very understandable way of looking at apocalyptic literature. Don relates a very convincing perspective of identifying the pregnant woman in Revelation 12 as the Messianic community and the infant boy she gives birth to as the Gentile church.
In A Miracle of Surprises, Don walks us through the story of Jesus’ raising Lazarus from the dead. He shows how Jesus purposefully delayed his visit so that Lazarus would die, so that he could provide the world a picture of himself as the being resurrection and the life. Don explains how God’s providence is above our perceptions, and that even in what we see as intentional delays, he uses those to teach us things we would not otherwise be able to learn. Carson spends a significant amount of time overturning many of the silly cliches that have attached themselves to this story.
This is a treasure of solid Biblical instruction that you will not want to miss.
Session 1: The Center of the Whole Bible (Romans 3:21-26)
Session 2: The Strange Triumph of a Slaughtered Lamb (Revelation 12)
Session 3: A Miracle of Surprises (John 11)
Session 4: Why Doubt the Resurrection of Jesus (John 20:24-31)
Session 5: The Ironies of the Cross (Matthew 27:27-51)