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June 7, 2021 6:00 am
Warning to us to not become knowledge. I know the Bible. I can quote two verses from it or maybe incorporate all not enough by itself. I give my body to be burned, and I have not love, what say you see Christ as Lord of I love everybody except those in my family kind of nonsense is that you need a spiritual slapping. This is cross reference radio with our pastor and teacher Rick Gaston. Rick is the pastor of Calvary Chapel Mechanicsville. Pastor Rick is currently teaching through the book of Mark, please stay with us after today's message to hear more information about cross reference radio, specifically how you can get a free copy of this teaching today. Pastor Rick will continue his study: what say you, in Mark chapter 8, when the spirit comes at Pentecost gate swing open. They'll be able to tell everybody but it will be war.
Full out war, it will not be easy. One of the logical reasons or natural reasons is because many of the Jews expected Messiah to be a political figure from God matters would've worsened the tribunal he already tried once to make him king that brought problems.
They were not ready for the revelation L verse 31 is going to heat up now and he began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. How many prepositions are there and he began, and be rejected and the elders and the scribes and the chief priests and killed. And after three days rise again. Another words is a lot more coming. Men, there's a lot more this going to happen.
Okay, you have the revelation that I am the Christ.
Well, that's not enough, we don't stop there. There's so much more that's going to take place.
Of course, the title what he says and began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things the Son of Man it links him to Daniel's revelation, the wisdom of the ages, the ancient one. This is him. Christ is mission is a suffering and dying Messiah. It clashed with the expectations of those who read their Bible study their Bibles their Old Testament Bibles and still miss the point. What a warning to us. What a warning to us to not become puffed up with knowledge. I know the Bible.
I can quote two verses from it or maybe incorporate all not enough by itself by give my body to be burned, and I have not love, what say you see Christ as Lord. I love everybody except those in my family kind of nonsense is that you need a spiritual slapping.
I don't mean the physical and I we wouldn't endorse that will there are some people that maybe we need to adjust that Peter's going to object to this after having this great confession of the father. He's going to object suffering Messiah clashed with the heroic Messiah and that could not be accepted. It was more to it with Peter most of the Jews had this opinion Messiah would come. He vanquished Roman.
He is going to do that in the second coming. Jews even thought there were two different messiahs want to some suffer one not to suffer. We understand that wrapped into the same phases of the same ministry and he continuing adversity one and be rejected by the elders and the chief reason scribes in Jesus day the Sanhedrin was the Jewish Supreme Court. They played an essential role mediating between Rome and the people of this route, and so on. A civil level. They were very important on a spiritual level. They were very corrupt. Not every single one of them as scriptural name at least two of them were that were very noble.
Nicodemus and Joseph a garment you but it took them time to they did not just see Jesus in his miracles and hear his teachings and snap right into line with him took a little work scribes like our court clerks or you could say those lawyers have researched the material and bring it to the centimeters and we have grounds to do this to Christ. All of this was under the authority of the father acts chapter 2 Peter made this clear is I don't want you guys to think for one moment that you just stepped out and murdered Christ. This lot more to the story. Acts chapter 2, verse 23. Speaking of Jesus pierces him, being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands crucified with God let you do what you gonna do, but it was part of God's plan. No victory for you was a defeat for you and many of them became say that Peter's preaching, but they still had to work to so much and Paul spent his life trying to help get through it. May we not be Christians like that. May we not be self righteous and judgmental and caught up on legalism in good works, but let us do good works, let us have grace let's have an attractive faith.
The church is supposed to be the bride of Christ. I've done enough weddings to notice that I and I mean this good opportunity here to make a joke, but I don't have the ammo I've not seen a lovely bride.
Why is the church sometimes ugly even to Christians. Why is she not attractive because of the people. Okay, I can say that very easily. But then I have to then asked the question to myself and my ugly and not the bride.
I hope not. We have a lot of servants in this church that work hard to keep the bride looking as attractive as she can. As far as the structure of the building goes and then we have a lot of servants try not to break into cliques and gossip and badmouth and bicker behind the scenes to keep the bride beautiful. It says, and he will be killed. Jesus said they going to tell me I'm not going to die. Natural causes the religious authorities of our beloved Israel are going to kill me flat out.
He says it.
John chapter 3 had been saying all along going over their heads with these is going not only into their heads even now, but in John three and Moses, and as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up. He saying I'm going to be crucified, and I would draw everyone to me, those of course you want to come.
How could Messiah actors Messiah in restoring the kingdom of God to Israel's authority and be rejected in current killed at the same time so they didn't understand this because they had been taught for so long. This is how it's going to happen, but Christ comes along and says no. This is how it's going to happen. I have a quote on going to get to 01 St. little bit concerning this very thing having a problem with how God does something it is not a little thing I have had many problems with how God does a thing, but at the end of submitted after three days Christ and says he will rise again. The two go together, but the disciples had blacked out at this point they didn't hear him or did not register all the hurt is their beloved Lord was going to be killed. How could that be.
He was in dominated every situation that confronted them. He dominated without even breaking a sweat. How could he be killed by the Sanhedrin even put them in their place. It was nothing they could do about EL people in their face on the Sabbath and there was nothing they can do about ever know what else to do with him, but they did not trust his word because they did not listen to all of what he is saying how guilty of that. Can we Christians be we take a part of the Scripture boy forget the other parts. That's why Paul said this letter kills the spirit gives life.
Just taking the letter you just become a clod with the word of God in your hand but if you have the spirit of God with the letter, not without it, then you become a tool in the hand of God. So Peter's blunder was his partial attention to what Jesus said wasn't listening. He didn't hear the promise and Satan.
Of course, is going to take advantage of this. The promise had he held to the promise and he will rise in three days it would have been able to shove back Satan when he was in verse 32 he spoke this word openly. Then Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. This is laughable. Almost right. Christ says write out the gonna kill me and then Pierce's Lord let me just talk to you about this. Peter thought he was shielding the Lord from embarrassment, the other guys hear me set you straight.
As you may have been you know that all walking on the water scene.
Okay, you got that one, but I got this one so dumb of us think that we could that he sent somehow not as much Lord on some things.
He is Lord over all or is not Lord at all. So Peter takes him aside from the others and he says don't even think such a thing as this. Peter is filled with human love. That's the problem it's just is not agape working functioning dominating the moment of his heart. He should've just said is now the said Lord, your will be done what you want us to do. It is not seeks to advise him to avoid the cross. What would've happened if Christ avoided the crosswalk and all gone now be no savior to be no salvation but Peter is not that far advanced we only are because he asked him questions like this we get to look at it and avoid asking them ourselves because if we were there we would probably say the same so the others probably would've said it would. Peter is just faster on the drawer verse 33 but when he turned around and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter saying get behind me Satan, for you are not mindful of the things of God but of the things of men. The Lord turns his back to Peter but not on Peter. Big distinction. There he deliberately turns away from Peter and faces the disciples, it looks awkward on the surface he turned his back to the one who was under the influence of Satan. But he also did not want for one moment to have Peter suppose that he was really calling Peter, Satan, he was moving beyond Peter to the influence behind this foolish suggestion.
The disciples had no idea Satan was even there. Jesus could see into the dark. I could see into the spiritual realm that even less of an idea that Peter was being used as a toll for Satan after such a glorious confection you are the Christ flesh and blood didn't tell you that Peter your father in heaven tell you what this time. Flesh and blood is not telling you this Peter, Satan and hell is telling you this so he turned his back to Peter and he looks at his disciples and he said this is not getting a pass, this will be dealt with right here and will be thoroughly dealt with. The moment is intensified.
Lord is introduced. The S word Satan, the enemy of God. The opposition to God. Our Lord knew exactly where he was. He could see him moving behind the scenes. No one else could see that.
So he exposes and in so doing, he silences saying get behind me Satan, for you are not mindful of the things of God but of the things of men.
How intense is this your matching of faces on the other disciples and Peter is looking at the back of the Lord is not seeing his face. He got a glimpse of that right before he turned away so shutting is now is no objection coming. It was a thought. Write out a hell straight out of hell. It happens it happens to us, sometimes you know it, you know, that was out of hell and impure thought perhaps other times not so quick to catch till it's done some damage.
Satan is pinpointed as the sneak influence in our thinking against God under the guise of love. How many times we seen you so unloving. I love loving I be slapping you upside your head right now but I'm not Satan. The sneak influence against the truth of God. So we say will how do we know when it's Satan is a disagrees with what the Scriptures taught that's how that's how you going no antichrist world that is left behind.
Not the church. We won't be here.
The apostate church will be they will no antichrist because he will not be agreeing with Jesus Christ will have the Scriptures and my recorded sermons to reference and everybody else that is preach the word Satan uses love to do it to go around prophecy Satan used human love to go around Scripture. He still does this, because it works. He exploits man's methods before God. That's why the Lord is going to say said to him you're not mindful of the things of God but of the things of man your mindful of man things because you hate men anyway and if you can keep them contrary to God. You get what you want.
Their destruction, Peter love Jesus so much thought of him being murdered was just unacceptable. But the thought of him disagreeing with Christ was more unacceptable and you didn't catch it yet, but he catches it now because of the Lord, throws it out.
Love Jesus but not as methods. G. Campbell Morgan writing on this verse said the man who loves Jesus, but who shuns God's methods is a stumbling block to him as British guys could just articulate thought so well is so true you don't like how God is doing something you become part of the problem. If you act upon that you don't get past it.
You have to submit the whole story. Ananias, you know, Google baptized Paul. You know well and he's killing people, local God. Ananias is God need you to tell them that really what is human in God lets him be human is a natural thing to do is in God to sky and then when he said go because he is a chosen vessel of mine and easel gardening goes and does what he assiduity so get so into it he says Paul what are you waiting for get baptized. This would Peter missed from his own Scripture Isaiah 53 verse five but he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities chastisement for our peace was upon him, and by his stripes we are healed. Went off I'm going to more meaning of that but the chastisement for our peace. Romans five peace with God, we have peace with God through Jesus Christ. So, after hearing the voice of the father then came the voice of the devil. How many preach the gospel and then in the next breath attack people as though Satan was there.
Lord happens even to churchgoers. What's going to happen if you sit here to this sermon and the Holy Spirit says I'm talking to you on this one.
If it's a correction it's just say what's going to happen when you get up out of the pew. And you had to the parking lot you get in your car is going to be any difference to think about going to pray about going to come up to the passages that I am not loving I am unloving I am bitter I am self-righteous. I am self-willed I am defiant in Jesus name. And I wanted to stop these well I did this five years ago will do it again and don't stop doing how quick even in the church, one who loves Jesus can be used by Satan. That's the lesson here verse 34 when he had called the people to himself with his disciples also, he said to them, whoever desires to come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me nice move past the Peter thing.
However, it seems to have given him an outline for his next sermon which is not uncommon out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. And so he is a Peter of course was not denying himself. He was asserting himself in the presence of God not being too hard on Peter because how can you not love this man. Evidently, the multitude followed the 12 and Christ and there he is now called them to him and he is speaking to them about leaving the natural life and things in the second position in this life.
He says whoever desires to come after me of following Christ man's desire United Way. Another drag you with him is not going to force you. Revelation 22 verse 17 in the Spirit and the bride that would be the message of the church say, let him who hears say, come let him who thirsts, whoever desires that him take the water of life freely.
He will not force anyone to love him there no benefits to the one that rejects Jesus the benefits of the cross and resurrection of Christ, the they do not benefit those who will not come. He says let him deny himself, that is refused self will, and that means let me put it this way, it is to refuse self rule had Peter not submitted we would've had an example of self rule we have to wait to see it and Judas Iscariot God and betray the Lord because Satan filled his heart, there is really no true self-willed your other going to be under the authority of Christ going to be an authority of Satan, we gotta serve somebody. So if you find what God wants from your life you are submitting the Jesus centered life looks to the Lord to know how to behave. To know how to think and believe, not allowing the comfort of self rule, false comfort, he says, and take up your cross and take up his cross and follow me. The disciples will take up their cross. Paul put it this way. I have been crucified with Christ is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the son of God who gave himself for me. He denied himself, and he endured the hardships that Ananias said told him he's caught to suffer because Paul knew it was worth it and discuss it so you filter everything to when you deny yourself you filter everything through Christ. What does the Lord think I have discovered in my Christian life that on this cross that I struggle to get off of every chance I can get off of it.
I have discovered just like the cross of Christ. I have my Eloi, Eloi, Lamas a box in the moment. I have my moments when I see God why are you forsaking what are you why aren't you doing more. They're not as intensive, certainly not on the level of Christ is much more to his statement of this word in that regard, but still there is a connection that they be stuck in the flesh is to have to have the spirit force it down.
Christianity is a force is not just an arrival at salvation. It is a full-blown struggle. Otherwise it be no required to submit and surrender these things take effort, verse 35 for whoever desires to save his life will lose it. Whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel will save it. Paul said to Timothy, your you know you were trained in the gospel since little child by your mom and your grandmother. You know the gospel and you know that God is not given us a spirit of fear but of love and of power, and of a sound mind and the next words out of Paul's mouth. The Timothy there for because you claim this sound mind.
Therefore, do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord more of me his prisoner, which share with me in the sufferings of the gospel according to the power of God, he says, Timothy you've got the knowledge you have the calling you have the faith. Now let's use it and it's going to bring shame.
But don't worry about that is the world saying that's not shame before God because he will not be ashamed of you for this. Well, we gotta move forward so much more to say about this verse, but it speaks for itself. You read it once, you never forget it. You may move side of it which you can quickly come back into the place where it wants you to be the truths of adverse 36 for what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul.
Okay question what's worth going to hell for a very simple question. He says or what will a man give in exchange were sold is quoting Psalm 49 verse 7 to 9 year but yet what would you know what, what fun when you have to go to hell for it is a question that should be put on the portal of every university in the world.
Verse 38 whoever is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels. You see, this belongs to Christ. Now he's coming.
As for now he is coming to establish rule but not just yet and still has not happened yet but it will happen.
So is warning them not to be ashamed of the faith open this up just a little bit. Paul said it this way.
I'm not ashamed of the gospel of Christ was the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes the Jew first and also for the Greek. I know shame when it comes to preaching the gospel. I am shameless you. The world wants to be shameless with sin. They want to take the shame out of sin they want to make it acceptable. Give it a different name, but not the gospel gospel becomes profane to the world or is profane world. This adulterous that's unfaithful to God not fully involved with God, but with the themselves so what our faith forbids the world demands we do if we don't do it. We are to suffer shame being angry towards us. They move forward. They are angry at us because we will not celebrate sin with them. We are fighting sin without saying where sin was either weighing our sin, you love your sin and this is a distinction in the two cannot be reconciled. They are angry with us because we like God more than them and they hated the world philosophy is you and not allowed to go outside the box and love up. You can only love over. We love God we hate sin, we serve people and we use things. That's how we do business. We love God we hate sin, we serve people and we use things the cross of Christ is interferes and interrupts world and their Tower of Babel and their plans were not supposed to hate them.
For most reached.
Jesus is not ashamed of the sinner is not ashamed to stand up and say I side with Christ over anything else.
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