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Handling Christians (Part B)

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November 11, 2021 6:00 am

Handling Christians (Part B)

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November 11, 2021 6:00 am

Pastor Rick teaches from the Gospel of Mark (Mark 14:22-31)

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So Isaiah 53rd chapter, Isaiah saw more concerning the Messiah than any of the prophets. Well, at least he records more.

Isaiah 53 were talking about the crucifixion of Christ Jesus when he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities chastisement for our peace was upon him by his stripes we are made whole by his stripes that broke the skin, poured out the blood.

We are healed.

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 gospel 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. Handling Christians is the title of Pastor Rick's message will be teaching in Mark chapter 14 today in verse 23 where he says then he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them and they all drank from it. The Roman Catholics are known to call this the Eucharist, which simply means to give thanks and the Greek. I prefer communion. I disagree with them on everything. Everything concerning Christ.

I do it is categorical but anyway he gave it to them. It is his to give was his body to give, and he gives it to us as if communion is a big deal for us don't know think that you need to have you know we need special music. We spent note, we need to be together and pass the bread and the cup in remembrance of him.

We all drank as I said, I believe Judas drank to many commentators don't share that view.

I like when they're wrong and I'm right. It makes me feel superior and I need that for my self-image. Hope nobody is taking me too seriously. With that verse 24 and he said to them, this is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for you a new covenant, which the nation Israel currently rejects the people of Israel.

Individual Jews can be saved in our say they are part of this covenant, but overall Israel is not interested.

They think Christ was a lot of things that are not very good. Jesus is fulfilling just in one instance, Jeremiah 3131 where he tells the Jewish people. Behold, the days are coming, says Yahweh when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah.

Now that will not happen until the millennial reign for the house of Israel. The house of Judah, but has happened for believers of Jesus Christ that Jeremiah 3131. Incidentally, if you're not aware of this word covenant and Testament of the same word it is you know you last will and covenant your agreement to this is what I want happen to happen with my belongings. Hebrews chapter 8 and that he says a new covenant, he has made the first obsolete.

That's why we said earlier that this is the last Jewish Passover that God is accepting as a Passover.

After this, it is the communion because he's made the other one obsolete. The guilt once I know been repeating this and it's necessary. That's what the whole entire letter to the Hebrews is about stop practicing Judaism. If you're Christian, you're Christian now we don't do that.

Our perfect sacrifices in Christ, he is out Passover a better covenant than the Mosaic covenant, so that just in case.

But back to this. This is my blood blood. Is this a distasteful topic, and in general I mean when you when you see blood you first thing you ask is it me you know that this somebody is leaking and you don't want it to be. You the second thing if it is you is how bad is it and if it's the other person. The second thing is one Gladys, not me then how bad is it because blood is a big deal. It is for all you go in firefight.

We all notice far you go to a restaurant that they have little candles on the table. You notice that even though you don't look at you know subconsciously you know is there blood is more so it's again a distasteful topic, would you rather visit a greenhouse or slaughterhouse. Years ago I had a friend who you one assignment for him was a slaughterhouse in Pennsylvania. Please tell me the story since last I went to the Dino to see the committed customer call and they offered me a tour and I said I'll take it and they said a nurse gave the tour why is that people faint when they see what happens. Of these cows of a faint lot.

All of them. He didn't he send me.

I held it together but that's getting part was pretty rough.

So again, the blood, the bore, it's when you see blood it. It's serious like a leak on a submarine. That's a serious thing. I mean everybody in the submittals of using a leak. You don't just that it's is not that bad is a big deal.

So it is with blood. And God never meant that we should be ignorantly pleased with the word blood. I mean if you need a transfusion you in that sense you please but still saying this something wrong. The sight of blood. This is a sermon in itself preaching to humanity. Something is not right here.

Death can be closer than you think. First mentioned in Scripture and human history of blood.

It comes in the context that surrounds a crime scene is when Abel killed his was killed by his brother Cain, and God confronts Cain the murderer. And remember, it was not long after they were went to worship that this Murder Took Pl. in Genesis four God asked Cain what have you done the voice of your brother's blood cries out to me from the ground.

Now blood is implied when the animals were skin to cover the nudity which was an emblem of their sin, Adam and Eve that's implied there, but the first time. It is explicitly stated.

Is there at this crime scene violence being done to God's word by Adam and Eve and by Cain medically and theologically. It symbolizes trouble and hope that's what blood is it is a big deal reminds the sinner that sin is deadly, that it will bleed them out if something is not done and this is why Jesus said in Matthew 26 verse 28 for this is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for remission of sin. So again while the world is out there trampling on God's planet committing forgery by saying he didn't do it. He didn't create this is somehow happened just in violation to reason, which is the norm now because as we look at how this thing that starts with a C and ends with a 19 we see how it's handled. We still care about science care about reason they just care about whatever they care about is that is there controlled power and madness. Wouldn't it be great if at the highest levels of government. We had people on their knees praying to the Lord Jesus. What a difference that would make that will be the case in the millennial reign of largely when we come back as kings and priests.

Representatives of the Lord in the global ministry that we will have, anyway. Tragically, God's blood is wasted on too many Hebrews 10 verse 29 of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace, map called Lane that on his name not but there is talking about the communion table plan of God is always Blood in religion ever since. In Exodus chapter 24 the giving of the law Moses took the blood sprinkled on the people and said this is the blood of the covenant which Yahweh has made with you.

According to all these words. That's the old covenant and that's the covenant of the Jeremias.

It would be replaced, but Israel and Judah's not ready for it right now though on the individual level. They are by blood humans live and die. Exodus 17 blood is the life of the animal. It's human motor oil. Without it, everything seizes up and stop working completely by the blood of Christ we can be saved from death. Isaiah 53 I'm in the Bible says all over the sets were ongoing goddesses all over these is over 400 some count of the 500 prophecies concerning Jesus Christ, not counting so many types profit prophecies fulfilled and implied. It's just it's so much the Holy Spirit as I'm on this. I've got this. I'm going to bake it into the Bible and it will be there.

It will be a meal it'd be, it will be the bread of God.

For all those who would take. That's why am reading these verses. These cross-references are casual. None of them are. They come alongside the story and they insist they demand the verdict from the hero which side are you on you with Christ. You see, his word is so solid, or you are an outsider and content to be an outsider with your sins on you so Isaiah that 53rd chapter, Isaiah saw more concerning the Messiah than any of the prophets. Well, at least he records more more.

Isaiah 53 when talking about the crucifixion of Christ Jesus.

What he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities chastisement for our peace was upon him by his stripes we are made whole by his stripes that broke the skin, poured out the blood. We are healed. So Mark 10 verse 45. Once again, for even the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life, ransom for many. So John the Baptist says that everybody couldn't believe him.

That's what John wanted. What do you want Jon, I want people to believe that he is the Christ, the one who was before me and is preferred before me.

He is self existent.

John was chronologically older than Jesus Christ but not self existence. Christ, of course, existed long before the birth in Bethlehem.

He is eternal from eternity past being God the son. Verse 25 now Jesus speaking assuredly, I say to you I will no longer drink of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God. Well this assuredly, I say to you I will no longer drink of the fruit unless the bread to is not going to take the table. This mark has reduced it to the fruit of the vine. Luke says this I said, you are no longer eat of it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God say there is no omission in thought just did the details, just not written down in one gospel but it's found in the other air go the great benefit of cross reference. Anyway, Jesus is saying I'm not going to have this blood in cup until the millennial kingdom comes that's that's how I see this I'm not the only one stop saying that. So you can just think it's me and that's what he's pretty full of himself and then when you say something that can bust you are not the only one.

Anyway, there will be the most commemorative bloodless sacrifice in the millennial age you can read about that in Ezekiel 43 and 45 with the sacrifices are taking place. What they're there pointless and in analyzing Hebrews, you know Paul saying there just Christ is our perfect sacrifice. That's a wholesome study on itself. Either way there we go Jesus again authorizing this Passover until he returns for communion of the believers. Verse 26 now and when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of olives Mount of olives in the outskirts of Jerusalem, just across the Kidron Valley and up the hill and there you are the Olive press there aren't that many olive groves there anymore, but it is still there and you can see the city from there. That's who of course where the garden of Gethsemane is and where he will be arrested.

The ugly kiss of Judas will be planted on him. The Jews where it says here and they's had sung a hymn the Jews take Psalm 113 through Psalm 118 and these were the Psalms they would sing at the Passover, Jesus joined his disciples is going to teach them Scripture his fellow shipping with them.

They're having communion and there were they pretty prayed. We took the bread he gave thanks. He prays we have asked 242 and motioned in justice is one little section here. They continued steadfastly in the apostles doctrine and prayer for fellowship and in the breaking of bread, which is the communion table, but this group of Psalms contains statements befitting the events that are about to unfold for Jesus so will take a few of that we don't know what Psalms of the 113 through 118 that he they did sing we know they did sing at least one as they left. Maybe he did.

Psalm what we know is Psalm 116 verse 15 precious in the side of Yahweh is the death of his saints.

See would be befitting with the crossline just hours away. Psalm 118 of take versus six 2227 Yahweh is on my side I will not fear what can man do to me. That would've been an appropriate part of the song before the cross or have of this, the stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone and then one of my favorites in relation to this, and I mean it is profound. Bind the sacrifice with cords to the horns of the altar. All of this has to do with him. He's singing with them knowing he's going to suffer for them for us. I mean, I don't know. I IG if we try to put ourselves in his place. How do you see yourself.

If you were going on death row and just hours for crime. You did not do. Would you be preaching the gospel. I think most born-again Christians are not all would be doing that. Me, I might be the exception I be thinking of how to get out of that jail know I'm kidding we have examples of this in Paul. Paul said pray for me that I could preach with boldness even say pray for good lawyer is pray for me. I'm here in prison I'm God's prisoner. That's what he a you know God's bondservant God's presented that a prisoner of Jesus Christ. He did not consider himself a prisoner wrong and so we should also not lose sight of who we are in this world. Anyway, our New Testament.

It emphasizes what is inward. What is spiritual that there's no way around that. But that's not all it does it leaves a place for those things that are tangible physical things about us not only the inner member. The outer man in and hits is this sense as their minister to also and singing. Does that which Christ did with his disciples. The meal did that very thing. It's not all spiritual that's primary but there are just other things about us. It's okay.

It's okay to enjoy things they build us up if you doing a budget for yourself. You should leave some space for fun. I mean it all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy and can drive you nuts. It's okay to do that years ago as a young man I got put this accountant in my life who just did so much for me to get me to Virginia and be able to preach and laying out a budget and he said you that I have some for money here for just you and it was wise advice, trying to be the stoic. I know some you husbands like don't say it don't. Maybe the wives are saying you can't say it because the men can be brutal to look hundred bought the new boat is snowman so it's the you know they say love comes in love goes out the window in poverty comes in the door so watch out for those things were all born with a full sack of law and an empty sack of experience in the goal is to fill that sack of experience before the sack of luck runs out and I don't believe in luck as the world believes but I am saying you've got experience things you can do them by putting your hands on it and getting them gnarled or you can perceive. I prefer perception and when I hear somebody say hold my beer. I'm not holding it. I'm getting away from that person is just that person does not perceive any way. So our Lord. The ghost was Gethsemane, but how does he go fortified the communion table is disciples with him. He knows the trader is Lucy knows what's coming, but he is a fortified man. He is allowed his inner man and his outer senses, the tangibles to be ministered to verse 27 then Jesus said to them, all of you will be made to stumble because of me this night, for it is written, I will strike the shepherd and the sheep will be scattered. No exceptions.

All of you this is the word of Christ.

It is the word of Scripture is a twofold witness here. He could've just said all of you what he says as it is written, reports that in Jesus said to them, all of you will be made to stumble because of me, for it is written to the written part moment. No exceptions.

They will scatter and panic. Simply leaving the Lord to do his perfect work, but not without messing things up a little bit, he says, for it is written yet another fulfilled prophecy. As I mentioned one of hundreds.

Zechariah 13 verse seven is what he is quoting here now, in Zechariah chapter 11 God addresses the false shepherd Antichrist ultimately but here in chapter 13 of Zechariah's prophecy is now addressing Messiah a Waco sword against my shepherd against the man who is my companion in the Hebrew word for companion, translated companion like new King James is actually the equal. So the father is speaking about Messiah and he is calling him his equal. Here in Zechariah 13 that's a bonus will charge you for that one.

Anyway, says Yahweh of host.

Incidentally, one of the high-level Psalms that they would sing said Yahweh is God.

So we don't lose sight of that either. So it says Yahweh. Here is God strike the shepherd and the sheep will be scattered, then I will turn my hand against the little ones and that's the persecution that of course is followed. So there we have Jesus quoting Scripture. Now we have to remember, they've never witnessed him fail. So who is in his walked on water. He stopped storms. These cleansed lepers interested. I mean Christ could just go to a hospital just empty the place with just you know everybody's okay now to get up and go is a good incredible, but now they going to see him fail. Then on this so that they can get their heads around this easily.

Anyway, it wasn't up to them to understand they had been exposed to enough of him to submit just like you and I we have been exposed to enough logic from Scripture that went just off to obey. Now this no more trying to convince me you know Satan coming along, having it in early stages of your faith.

Perhaps you read the Bible looking for contradictions.

That's okay you work through that. But as you start eliminating those contradictions. You get to the point was okay were done with this now. I will reconcile it for theological purposes, but I don't doubt the word of God anymore because doubt brings confusion and confusion brings weakness and weakness can bring disaster more than to see that in just one moment, so they don't have to understand what he saying they have to submit which they do not. Thought-provoking point. Jesus says because of me. You will all be made to stumble because of me that is all the martyrs through the ages.

All the believers who have accepted the hazards of following Jesus Christ understand that it is written that in God's word is true, and it is because of him that they suffer persecution and he's worth it.

Ergo, the word worship so here had Peter listen to what the Lord was saying quoting Scripture instead of having his feelings overrule the Lord and Scripture, he would have been ready, he would've been ready in Gethsemane and he was not ready and seven and he was not ready through that night.

Verse 28. But after I have been raised. I will go before you to Galilee now. Then I listening that part is best. Peter Peter is like reading with saying I'm not the trader I'm not the guy you talk about what he dips with me is not me. I stop eating penalty for that value. I mentioned I would've die without any overweening wealth milkshakes. That's not eating.

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