Sunday, November 27, 2011

Msg: On Your Mark, Get Set, Go! - Week 10

     Today is the end of part one to our series on the Gospel of Mark. In the spring, we will look at the last 6 chapters leading up to Easter.

     In Mark 10, we see a series of stories about people's ideas about going to heaven or gaining eternal life. Don't miss the recurring theme here. People think they've got it all figured out, and Jesus confronts their misguided attempts.
     It starts with parents bringing their little children to be blessed by Jesus, and the disciples thinking this is too much of a distraction. Jesus rebukes His disciples and tells them, "Anyone who does not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it." And there is the problem for so many people. We don't approach God the way little kids do, with awe, wonder, and a belief that He can do all things. We think we must figure it all out first, and many times give up because we think the Bible is too hard to understand.
     The next problem Jesus explains comes as a man questions Him about what he must do to inherit eternal life. Again, many think that if they "do" the right things and don't "do" the wrong things, then God will let them into heaven. Jesus plays along for a moment and asks the man about the "doing" things found in the ten commandments. And it says that, "Jesus looked at him and loved him." Jesus then points out the one thing he lacks - dependence on God instead of all he has. Jesus teaches that prosperity is not an indicator of God's love.
     After the story of two disciples asking Jesus if they can sit at his right or left when He comes into His glory, we see the most unlikely example of one who sees the way to follow Jesus. A blind man calls out for mercy as Jesus is walking by. He doesn't care what anyone else thinks, he knows that Jesus is the Messiah and only He can make a difference in this man's life. How about you? On your mark, get set, go!

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