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June 25, 2021 6:00 am
Ever been that publicly beaten physically, spat upon the lines them up for them.
Still don't get as sure as he would suffer, he would rise again. That's what he saying listen to going to do these things to me, but I'm getting up just as sure as you see them beat me understand. That's the message they miss. We're supposed to get. Never again would he go through this for our sins.
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, but for now let's join Pastor Rick in the book of Mark chapter 10 as he begins his message.
Amazed, afraid, annoying Gospel of Mark chapter 10 we going to take verses 3245 beginning at verse 32.
Well, they were on the road going up to Jerusalem and Jesus was going before them, they were amazed and as they followed. They were afraid. Then he took the 12 aside again and began to tell them the things that would happen to him, behold, we are going up to Jerusalem and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priest to the scribes, they will condemn him to death and deliver him to the Gentiles. They will mock him, discourage him and spit on him and kill him.
In the third day he will rise again. Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him, saying, teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask.
He said to them what you want me to do for you. They said to him, grant us that we may sit, one on your right hand and the other on your left in your glory. Jesus said to them, you do not know what you ask. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with they said to him, we are able. Jesus said to them, you will indeed drink the cup that I drink, and with the baptism I am baptized with you will be baptized but to sit on my right hand and on my left is not mine to give, but it is for those for whom it is prepared and when the 10 heard it, they began to be greatly displeased with James and John. But Jesus called them to himself and said to them, you know that those who are considered rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all or even the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life a ransom for many. I mentioned that receiving the apostles goof up here but the gentleness of Jesus with them. This is quite encouraging the title, amazed, afraid and annoying describes the apostles of Christ.
As I mentioned in this section, and it also describes us from time to time is no way around it going to serve Christ you going to have those times when you are amazed at things, not necessarily in a positive way and you will find fear also is a part of serving Christ and you will be annoying to others from time to time, and they will be to you. This is life in this world when we get to heaven all that goes away but for now it is business until he comes in is serious business. At that we look at verse 32. Again now they were on the road going up to Jerusalem and Jesus was going before them and they were amazed and as they followed. They were afraid then he took the 12 aside again and began to tell them the things that would happen to them all as a reading this here we have to remember this really happened. This is not something you know, creative writer such as a William Shakespeare or something of this is a fact these things took place. All that surrounds them and they're going up to Jerusalem is always referred to is up to Jerusalem. If you were to parachute into Jerusalem, you would be going up into Jerusalem because it's not about the elevation of the terrain is about what it means to God.
Yes, there were Valley surrounding Jerusalem that there were other elevations in Israel that were higher. God's chosen purpose is on Jerusalem. There the temple stood believers.
Believers should be consciously and spiritually. Mindful of going on higher ground. This comes to us from Psalms 1. Place at least Psalm 48 verse two beautiful and elevation.
Again, the spiritual overruling the physical physical is there but it is eclipsed by the spiritual, beautiful, and elevation. The joy of the whole earth is Mount Zion, on the sides of the north city of the great King that's Jerusalem the holy city where true holy men are killed by pretending holy men will Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one that kills the prophets and stones those that are sent to her lamented the Lord over this city go to Jerusalem today release me, I'm just not impressed with what you see visually fact I was depressed by what I saw.
Visually yet, but I know spiritually that's what counts. That's what matters. And Jesus was going before them.
He knew forward he was going. He knew what was in store for him. And Jerusalem is going into the mouth of death and he is pictured here as we read it as is walking along and the steps ahead of them steps apart from them. That's why Mark includes a mark of the only one that puts this down that they were afraid they were amazed they they know how serious this authorities and Jerusalem are against Christ how hostile they are, that they want to silence him and so is there going to Jerusalem. There they are amazed. We can hear the chatter them questioning his logic. Why is he doing this. Why is he going to Jerusalem, the going to kill him. So again, this is not the amazing that we were just singing about amazing Grace, this is like what is he going this doesn't make any sense. Oswald Chambers in his my utmost for his highest in heaven, and if you've not read that book I highly endorse it, especially as a new believer after you get your Scripture and Oswald Chambers about this verse I think has the best comments that I know he says at the beginning we were sure we knew all about Jesus Christ. It was a delight to sell all and to fling ourselves out into the hardy hood of love. Now we're not so sure Jesus is on it in front and he looks strange. Jesus went before them, they were amazed. That's kind of what Paul was telling the Corinthians he says in second Corinthians 5 even though we have known Christ according to the frat flesh, yet now we know him thus no longer we saw him in the manger. We saw him as a carpenter, but now we see him as something much, much more relationship has evolved for the good Chambers continues to write about this verse he says.
At first I was confident that I understood him.
But now I'm not so sure. I begin to realize there is a distance between Jesus Christ and me. I can no longer be familiar with him. He is ahead of me and he never turns around. I have no idea where he is going. The goal has become strangely far off if you serve Christ long enough you going to come to these places where you don't know what Christ is doing. Beware of being too familiar with Christ.
I mean, if the Lord had an office who would go into his office and prop their feet up on his desk in a casual kind of way, as though they were.
You were equal with him. I hope none of us this Christ we serve is much as he loves us, as friendly as he is towards us. He is still God the son Almighty and every bit of the glory of God the father is on him. Also because he is equal with God, he continues here and as they followed. They were afraid, so they are amazed that he's going to Jerusalem and their fearful again. Only Mark mentions these things John. He comments about the same time about what Thomas said concerning Christ going to Jerusalem.
There, in John 11 then Thomas, who is called the twin, said to his fellow disciples, let us also go, that we may die with him so they had these flashes were they understood but then they had these rollbacks where they completely were lost as to what was going on. I point reading Thomas quote is that Thomas was brave ready to die for the Lord, a new hostilities awaited him and Jerusalem and then five minutes later they forgot that they believe this, they were unstable in their theology at this time we all go through this at some point we were a little confused little clouded Charles Spurgeon, the preacher warned his students. He said, and missed in the pulpit is fog in the pew you're a little confused about what you're saying they're going to be really confused about what you're saying.
It is a big deal. I believe that there was something more to their fear than just him going to Jerusalem, I believe it was how the Lord was now carrying himself something in his eyes. Something in his tone in his manners now are different than they were before in Capernaum and up in Caesarea Philippi and all the other places that got something else had changed about him. There was now an intensity about him that unsettled them.
Looking back on this moment Mark again. Peter probably dictating to him the events recorded very clearly for us Luke as this. Now it came to pass the time had come for him to be received up, that he steadfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem is a little bit earlier than this moment here, but it was when they first found out he's going to Jerusalem and nothing could stop him. He steadfastly set his face to go.
There was nothing that was going to stop this. Maybe when you first read the Gospels and you got to the death of Jesus Christ. He said yourself why this was so avoidable. God says no it's not. That was what Peter was saying is not so, Lord should not be crucified. Of course he has to be crucified to redeem us if we look at it with the eyes of a human on a human level.
Yes, it doesn't make any sense that he should be crucified for sinners, but if we look at is spiritually. We know full well this is exactly precisely what must happen and nothing was going to stop him. Then he took the 12 aside again. So now he separates the 12 apostles from the other disciples that were with him also in many of the places that he went there were these other believers that accompanied him.
These 12 were critical to the survival of Christianity and Christ. Of course knew it for well facts for us sometimes when an individual level.
Our presence is critical for the survival of another person that does not yet know the Christ or maybe is thinking about becoming an apostate because Christianity is proven to not be what they hoped it to be. That's what makes an apostate. Many times they have these great expectations of coming to Christ. And when they do not happen the way they expected them to begin to resent we can begin to doubt they look somewhere else and in so doing, they become those who fall away from the faith in a single word and apostate. These 12 would be the first over commerce in Christ, the first in a long line, we are supposed to be overcome is and they overcame him by the word of the Lamb. Blood the blood of the lamb and the word of this testimony because they do not love is their lives to the death that is said of the tribulation saints in its it should be said of us to. I don't feel I can overcome her many times but when the smoke clears and the dust settles in my life is over. I'll be in heaven and overcome her and so will all of you who believe in Satan can do nothing about it and he began to tell them the things that would happen to him. He's trying to prepare these men and their businesses for listening to him in moments they believe what he's saying. But then again I have to remind us over and over again. They never saw him well. How could he die. This is one and raise people from the dead stop storms walked on water, cleanse lepers, kill trees in an instant without a saw amazing relationship between Christ and creation. Verse 33 behold, we are going up to Jerusalem and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and the scribes they will condemn him to death and deliver him to the Gentiles.
They will mock him and discourage him and spit on him and kill him. In the third day he will rise again.
This is the fourth recorded mention of this death of his coming. Some your Bible trends study Bibles may say three dimensions. And that's because I'm counting one that there they missed was a something that depends on how you count them is what it comes down to their they're not wrong in and neither Amat he mentioned this, of course, to Peter, the great confession in Mark chapter 8 at Caesarea Philippi where yes rebuke you get behind me Satan you're not mindful of the things of God the things of men. He spoke of it as they came down from the Mount of Transfiguration and then at long after he had been down in the valley and heading towards making his trek towards Jerusalem.
He mentions it again and then he mentions it again here it would actually do it one more time we get to the last verse of our morning consideration. Verse 45 when he says that he's come to give his life a ransom. So if you counted that way. It's five times but this critical to what he is doing and it was not a truth that the disciples cared to really dig into and that is also why there was this confusion. Of course it is all prophetic. It's God's plan. We believers know that the unbelievers do not know that you believers know so little about Jesus Christ. That's where we come in. That's why they're prone toward idolatry. Idolatry is thriving.
Anytime a human being makes up something about God.
They have just committed idolatry. That's where we go by revelation, not speculation, but the world love speculation because there's no accountability that belongs to it outside of one's own permission. Isaiah 53 verse 12 he poured out his soul unto death, and he was numbered with the transgressors and he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors that Isaiah wrote this down to the tune of taken away all of their city surprise, but they were not as familiar with Isaiah as we are at the time that these things were happening it up. It appears prior predictions of his coming death.
These are again of the something they could not endure. And so now he's going to for the first time layout the gruesome outline for them like the rhythmic beat of the drum telling troops how to march together. He's going to lay it out. You know when troops marched a big funeral Savior that a thousand troops out there marching out of the holster. Keep marching with the same foot hitting the same at the same grounded by the left right left right they can hear the voice commands. It's the sound of that bass drum every town, the time that bass hits the left foot hits the ground. That's how you keep them in order were here. There's a cadence of the Lord is marching to nine times do we hear him say and and and that's the beat look at it again. Verse 33. We are going up to Jerusalem and the son of, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and the scribes and they will condemn him to death and deliver him to the Gentiles, and they will mock him and discourage him and spit on him and kill him.
And the third day he will rise again.
You see the cage is marching towards Jerusalem, staring down death. He is going to beat this not out of death is the only one I can do it. They don't see this. We see it betrayed backstab, condemned, judged by evil men.
Any of you want to be judged. See me after service you can you imagine I'm going to be judged.
I'll be back at five. I mean this is a mean and vicious judgment of people criticisms criticizing him, according to the law that twisted versions delivered to the Gentiles.
Nonetheless, that's what he says to them, mocked publicly laughed that ridicule is a hard thing to endure scourged physically whipped skin peeled from his body spat upon shame of it. Not to mention that it's biohazard killed that's what he gets out of this from those whom he loved and came to die for. They murdered then he rises as the victor. Each item and individual suffering is marked out which one stands out to you. Have you ever been backstab you ever been laughed at publicly beaten physically, spat upon, he lines them up for them. They still don't get it. As sure as he would suffer, he would rise again. That's what he saying listen to going to do these things to me, but I'm getting up just as sure as you see them beat me understand you will see me get up. That's the message they missed were supposed to get. Never again would he go through this for our sins. First Peter chapter 3 verse 18 for Christ also suffered once for sins. You cannot make it more clear than that, how many times is one just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit Hebrews 89 Hebrews 928 so Christ was offered all once to bear the sins of many, he predicted the suffering. It was voluntary it was in the place of others, vicarious, and it was of course victorious.
The three fees. There gets this what they understood none of these things.
This saying was hidden from them, and they did not know the things which were spoken, it is perplexing if you look at it from afar, but maybe if you again insert yourself into this number and understand. Having seen him do so much, how could you expect little in the face of death how difficult it can be to get our heads around something that's contrary to what we want to believe.
Unable to read their minds. The delusion just continued in their head and they expected him to march into Jerusalem.
They were afraid the new hostilities were there, but they still are somehow expect them to get on that throne and that's what's going to come out in the next section of this teaching of perpetual suffering of Christ. The Bible disagrees with it. If you come across it you come across anyone that is saying. Somehow, he is still suffering for us and you can say with how the Bible certainly disagrees with that based on the verses I just read verse 35 and James and John, the sons exhibit E came to him, saying, teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask. This is ridiculous of serious venison L times selfish request is talking about death.
Okay, that's good. Now can you do whatever I want you to know if it is, you know, why didn't he bust out laughing in their face because he's not the kind of guy.
Verse 36 and he said to them is humoring them is he not what you want me to do for you. I mean, you know he's not going to do it. He knows his time, do it, but he was there than glad to continue to shove their feet and their mouths. Verse 37 they said to him, grant us that we may sit, one on your right hand and the other on your left in your glory. Matthew says in your kingdom. What we don't have here captured for us all the looks on the faces of all those involved.
Maybe we can kind of just think about this a little bit so we do not become annoying as they were in this section is the face of Jesus is absent of any sign of disappointment.
Since he is so patient with them. We know this to be the case since he cancel what you want and he just pulls them aside and he explains things he so gentle with them. I have been chasing this all my life in Christ to be this gentle all the time.
Sometimes I can do it. Other times I can't find it. As a pastor. Usually I think I have I can get it as a father man anyway you you didn't come here to hear that yeah we did tell us more. How messed up you are is a bad well there is the face of Salomé who is see she's the mother of James and John. This was her brainstorm.
She's the one that came up with this. How do we know that because Matthew is making make sure we find out that she's behind this request just fell with a Muslim mothers foolishness are little babies that grown men only. We see this when mom say no to a fault. My little baby can never be wrong.
The other kids fault not mine is crazy kids. The kids all of them. They're going to be wrong.
Many times, Matthew 20 verse 20 then the mother of Zebedee's sons came to him with her sons kneeling down and asking something from him yet. Whatever you ever I asked. That's what they were asking and he said or what do you wish to see said grant that these two sons of mine may sit, one on your right hand and the other on your left in your kingdom. Now here's what Jesus should've just asked are you delirious, James and John echo her request instead of objecting with that well-known mom. They net it never comes, because they like it yeah could be.
Repeat Peter to it will go to be on the right. 11.
Vera Thomas will not. I don't think they would think that far ahead, but it's funny to make fun of them and I think I'm enjoying it.
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