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June 28, 2021 6:00 am
These men were messed up. That's the word. God spoke to me when I was considering this is think about that next time Satan tells you you're on for serving me see these men jumping messed up they are yet. I love them and I used use them so much you depend on what they say about me and I do this over and over again all my servants of messed up and I use.
I love 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. The title of this message is amazed, afraid, annoying, and Pastor Rick will be teaching in Mark chapter 10, 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 judge see me after service you can you imagine I'm going to be judge. 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 but 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 of just for the unjust, you 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 this 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 they knew 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. 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 from sins 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 exhibiting 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 this. You know, why didn't he bust out laughing in their face because he's not that 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. It 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. Oh man. Anyway you you didn't come here to hear that yet. 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 was making make sure we find out that she's behind this request just fell with the mother. Mother's foolishness are little babies and grown men when we see this with mom's funeral 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 write as 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 regularly. On the right. 11.
Thomas will not. I don't think that they were thinking that far ahead, but it's funny to make fun of them.
I think I'm enjoying it sometimes is just the parents that make everything difficult, not the child. It's the parents many times. Sometimes it is the child, but John and his memories of Jesus's biography of the Christ. He leaves this out. How could being well you know the other guys covered it. I don't need to call their shifts testify, but you did my thing Peter got to the tomb after you outran him little things like that. I don't know that there I think to some humor in the oh so that in their intentional Peter did you read my gospel. Peter was dead by that time when he gets to have. Did you read my gospel is not just the part about you not beating me to the tomb.
Peter would've County but I went in chicken. The faces of James and John seriously expecting the Lord's to say sure you can just see their faces. This Salomé my sons, my beloved boys look at how beautiful they are and the end of the boys up the nodding in the faces of the 10 disciples soft with indignation.
First, I did not get there first. That might've been one of the thoughts. Then there are the faces of all who read this passage of Scripture. What you think when you come across that you've got to be saying use of the same right he's talking about his death and then looking for a seat on the throne. This kind of inappropriate ambition should be called out. If we have any chance of checking wrong behavior of keeping it somewhat under control. Got a call these things out. One reason why a lot of you want to go to church with the Bible is preached, or even read because call us out. So in spite of his repeated mention of the cross, they still expected his kingdom. In spite of the fact that they were afraid to go to Jerusalem, amazed at the whole thing. They still somehow expected to come out on top because he never failed. Verse 38 but Jesus said to them, you do not know what you ask. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with his gently telling them no, I think it is a part of ministry to not delight in shutting people down when you have to shut them down. Just know I could move my head face when I thought that that would be wrong.
Well would be bad because in the Lord's going to pull you aside and deal with you.
That's the bad part one reason why I try to obey Christ is fear just some freeze going to get me something I don't always think that way.
But there is something new way. Well, will you feel is beginning a knowledge without the fear the Lord what knowledge could you have, he says, are you able to drink the cup that I am able to drink. This is a challenge to James and John and their ambition.
You don't know what you're talking about is what he's exposing this by the time he gets to this coffin.
Matthew and Mark 14 we read, and he said Abba father that put there as an emotional outburst of the Lord's heart is deep into this. This is very personal between he and the father and yet he shares all things are possible for you to take this cup away from me. Nevertheless, not what I will but what you will now again.
Anyone who says there are other ways to heaven outside of Christ will add to that, apart from Christ is accusing God of being a savage, because you would have to be a savage to send your son to a vicious cross if there was another way to do it. There is no other way.
That's why Jesus says all things are possible for you. Nevertheless, not my will but your will. God could've stopped this whole thing Christ could call legions of angels down but was not possible to save souls any other way the cup refers to the inward sufferings and the baptism refers the baptism that he is talking about the outward persecutions he's going to be immersed in the persecution we get one part of it visually on the cross. We do not get the other part of his Eloi, Lori Lamont, Suboxone, E my God, my God, why have you forsaken me, he says, and be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with again immersed into this death deeper and darker than the immersion into the Jordan by John just a few years back baptized with suffering means to be overwhelmed immersion when when you money baptized someone we get them all away under your overwhelmed in the moment soaked in the suffering he would be only for us. That's he gets us in return we get glory in heaven so meant much more. Verse 39 then he's then part me verse 39 they said to him, we are able. So Jesus said to them, you will indeed drink the cup and that I drink, and be with the baptism I am baptized with you will be baptized.
This reply of theirs. We are able. It is ignorant. Of course this well intended but is not good enough. Still wrong.
Theirs was the answer of gross ignorance. As usual we could do it, not knowing like a child. Almost you know it's tough because they could do something that you know it's impossible for them to do and yet their insistent and this is not going well. The child is being bullheaded and they will drink some of this cup, not the dregs.
Of course James would be the first of the 12 to die which had to be a great wake-up call to the remaining 10 then to be 11 that if James was expendable, so are they God would let James be martyred in God would let them be marred is the potential for that now was was great and that would shake up ministry quite quite a bit and so crisis facing death and sorrow, and all they can think about is a higher place of honor, and he says like guys you can handle this and thendon't get it, then walk away satisfied. I do believe that they do they hear his answer but I think they still don't get it. These men look. I look forward better than the two words that I'm going to use.
I can't find one. This is the word these men were messed up. That's the word, but this doesn't stop there because God spoke to me when I was considering this is think about that next time Satan tells you you're unfit to serve me see these men messed up they are yet. I love them and I used use them so much you depend on what they say about me and I do this over and over again all my servants messed up and I use.
I love John's gospel chapter 13 at the time. Now once he gets to Jerusalem. This is what John is writing about rights. This was right before the foot washing, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. These messed up characters. These men that were defective. He not only love them. He put them to work over and over again and they will make other mistakes and he will still use them any of you serving in Christ in you. So double the devil loves you, you can't serve in church you just to messed up is lying to you. You are messed up that part I can testify to, but not to the point where you you can't be used now. There are some that if you're impenitent. There's some something that's been brought to the surface and is gotta be dealt with that of course demands attention, but overall elder none of us are fit for ministry.
Yet he has no one else is determined not to use the Angels to do what we are called to do. I mean I would mind if he had Angels as ushers.
I mean you could get to know they could do some amazing things but we don't have that option. We have to depend on each other and that can be amazing can be fearful. It can be annoying.
It can be glorious in the end only thing that's going to be left is what's for Christ and it will be amazing. Verse 40 but to sit on my right hand on my left hand is not mine to give, but it is for those for those for whom it is prepared. Okay, so God the father decides the privilege and honor of this thing is so gentle with them again.
He does not consider them. That is a stupid question.
It is a fool.
He doesn't do anything like that.
He just he could've said you're promoting yourselves and it's shameful because I've dealt with this earlier and now her back to this, don't do any that doesn't bring it up. Matthew 23.
Jesus had warned they love the best places at feasts, and the best seats in the synagogues. Jesus was telling his apostles. Pastors are not supposed to be celebrities supposed to be in a sighting of the battle get his autograph. You one of the shape that is entrusted you with its even he goes into detail what we call Luke 14 verse eight. When you are invited by anyone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in the best place less one more honorable than you be invited by him, and he who invited you and him come and say to you, give place to this man. Then you begin with shame to take the lower place. He continues to develop it says to humble yourself and to hear the complete opposite.
Been looking for the best seat verse 41 and when the 10 heard it, they began to be greatly displeased with James and John.
Now they are annoyed on today there so I can't believe it. That's Thomas C. The trio Salomé, James and John. Of course they made a blunder, but this wasn't all who they were. They weren't despicable people for this. There's more to them in Christ centered on that.
I see they goof.
This was to know that on multiple levels, but there's more to them is more I can use these people and I again I get very encouraged by that. What it does mean is that they didn't miss important points that Jesus taught with this never happened to us so we have a hard time being patient with that how much, how how much I do how much you know.
Time spent recording what we learn because we know it's going to evaporate in time is just a struggle, but it's worth it. Verse 42 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 against tender patients repeating the lesson.
Proverbs 1714 the beginning of strife is like releasing water therefore stop contention before a quarrel starts. So the other disciples become indignant at their request crisis defuses this skies. Let me teach us something about this whole thing see the beginning of strife is like a damn about the verse. First, the water starts coming out a little bit, but it's going to start picking up speed. If it's not dealt with. Therefore stop contention before the quarrel starts as we speak as a little boy dressed in blue with the storm in the hole in the dam's artworks, not something you refer me with it all.
But that's come back to reality here.
Verse 43. Yet it shall not be so among you but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. This is a commandment, it shall not be so among you. That's a commandment I don't have to follow this because I'm special. But you all do. I don't like some of the Commandments of crime all my spirit loves them all as he knows it melted right my flesh protest too much like all the time. My flesh disagrees with everything Christ says and when it doesn't reason only agrees to the degree that it can have satisfaction verse 44 and whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all. We are if we are we afraid of that word slave it shows up in the epistles often, but it's it's sort of toned down a little bit servant, but it is slave in the New Testament we are slaves of Christ. Willful slaves were not enslaved against our will. That makes us bond servants a big difference. All uses that interpretive word to describe the servant of Christ. This verse 44 and whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all these against striving in the flesh.
It's a variation of verse 31 in Mark 10 where we ended last week, but many who are first will be last and the last verse of this is a variation of it and he is warning them about this self-promotion. Keeping your eyes on Jesus, help keep this in check doesn't stop it, but it does help and that's what logic the Christian life becomes a life arresting evil, not stopping entirely, but keeping it in check. Keeping it from getting out of control much of that takes place and we are glad for because if it weren't there. Then we would as the singles hell would break loose.
Verse 45 for even the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life a ransom for many. This is the kingpin verse of Mark's gospel. It is the gospel condensed into one verse, you know there I know people that have the says there are the login name or Robbie password Mark 1025, you know, so I going I find all the stuff it divides the mosque the gospel of Mark into two sections. In the first 10 chapters of Mark, largely Jesus is giving in giving himself in service but at now on when we get to chapter 11. He's going to give himself, and sacrifice. It's all about the cross nice is heading towards Jerusalem. He did not come to be served. What what could we serve him with what could we give to Christ is like a two-year-old, getting a father's. In our of a birthday present as a two-year-old have to give love that's what the child has to give. But the really doesn't have the have a credit card checking account doesn't have anything to barter with just love we have nothing of what's in it for Christ's love. God's love. He does not need us, but he sure wants us in which Ms. got to be heartbreaking find so many centers that could care less about him. Hebrews 726.
Speaking of Christ, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and has become higher than the heavens that can be said about nobody else in the Bible, but Jesus Christ, no human being. No one created can have that said about them with a straight face. He is God. The servant of God the father who serves man we're supposed to do the same thing but man gets in the way and we got to battle that and we depend on the Lord to do it. I want to close with this verse. John's Gospel again, where he washed the disciples feet because as he's been serving men with his life, his miracles and his teachings is example I going to use his blood. John 13 for I have given you an example. You should do as I have done to you most assuredly, I say servant is not greater than his master, nor is he who is sent greater than he sent him if you know these things, blessed are you if you knew them pursuing the standards of Christ is worth move. Thanks for tuning in to cross reference radio for this study in the book of Mark cross reference radio is the teaching ministry of Pastor Rick Gaston of Calvary Chapel Mechanicsville in Virginia to learn more information about this ministry.
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