Sermons

Jesus Absorbs our Shame, Freeing us to Love

July 16, 2017 Speaker: Richard Rieves

Passage: Mark 14:26–14:31

Sermon-Richard Rieves: Jesus Absorbs our Shame Freeing us to Love

“You will all fall away, for it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered (27).’”

“Peter said to him, ‘Even though they all fall away, I will not (29).’”

“And Jesus said to him, ‘Truly, I tell you, this very night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times.’ But he said emphatically, ‘If I must die with you, I will not deny you.’ And they all said the same (30-31).”

“For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing (Rom. 7:19).”


I.    The result of engaging with ourselves as sinners is loving
community.  

“…’What do you want me to do for you?’ And they said to him, ‘Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory (Mark 10:36b-37).’”

“And when the ten heard it, they began to be indignant at James and John (41).”

“And Jesus called them to him and said to them, “You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many (42-45).”


II. The result of not engaging with ourselves as sinners is broken
community.

“Even though they all fall away, I will not.”

“…I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh (Romans 9:2-3).”

III. Loving community is rooted in engaging with Jesus out of
desperation.

“Shame is the way evil works to destroy our capacity to love.” Dan Allender

“For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God (2 Cor. 5:21).”