It's the last week of Jesus' life, Jesus has come to Jerusalem, and the Jewish leaders are trying to discredit him. Jesus has already had a few encounters and now we see the next one. One of the most prominent parties of Judaism was the Sadducees
Sermon Category: Mark
Jesus is coming to the end of a series of encounters with the Jerusalem authorities. He's been challenged by the Pharisees, Herodians, and Sadducees. Now it's time for an encounter with a scribe.
Jesus has defeated various attempts to embarrass him before the Jerusalem crowds. There's been one bright spot in the scribe whom Jesus says is close to the kingdom.
Jesus has come to Jerusalem for the last week of his life. The whole last third of the gospel is taken up with one week of Jesus' life. The final week, which culminates in his death and resurrection. He's here in the final week of his life, he has now entered a series of confrontations with the Jerusalem leaders - the chief priests, elders, the scribes.
We have come in Mark's Gospel to the last week of Jesus' life. Starting with the present text, Jesus will now begin a series of encounters with the Jewish authorities, which will culminate in his arrest and execution. In this first encounter, the Jewish authorities confront Jesus about his actions on the previous day, when he protested in the temple.
Question for you: What does God require of you? Can you call to mind all the various commands from Genesis to Revelation? I bet you can't. That's way too much. Let's simplify it a bit: What does God require of people in the OT? I've heard there are 613 commandments in the law, though I confess I've never counted.
Jesus taught the world more about God than anyone before or since. This is because Jesus is from God in a deeper sense than anyone else, and it is because Jesus not only speaks the teaching of God but he also actually IS the teaching of God; he is the Word of God.
Every Christian is destined to obtain the glory we lost at the fall, and more. In the end we will behold Christ's glory, the glory which he had with the Father before creation, and we will receive glory as a covering, so that we ourselves will become glorious.
Jesus offers people eternal life. Any who want it can have it. There's just one condition: You have to follow Christ. Eternal life can be had on no other terms. Eternal life is like a far away city. You can go there if you want, but the only way to get there is by travelling the same road Jesus traveled.
Can you imagine being Adam or Eve before the Fall? What would it be like to approach God and the world as a whole person? As a person free from Lust, Greed and Pride? What would it be like to use the world and all it contains exactly the way we should?
Jesus is a King, so when he came he brought a kingdom. And that kingdom coming was actually a kingdom invasion. This is because Jesus' kingdom didn't arrive into a vacuum; there was already a kingdom here: The kingdom of the world.
Before Creation, God knew his creatures would fall and he planned to redeem a portion of them by uniting them to His Son. This union was to be a fruitful and faithful union. Christ pledges himself to become the husband of believers, and he promises to remain faithful to the end....