Dying to Live!
Passage: Mark 10:32–10:45
“Remember this day in which you came out from Egypt, out of the house of slavery, for by a strong hand the LORD brought you out from this place (Ex. 13:3).”
I. We are freed from the need to be in control!
“…an intolerance of uncertainty.”
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing (Jn 15:5).”
“It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God (25).”
“And they were exceedingly astonished, and said to him, ‘Then who can be saved?’ Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God (26-27).’”
II. The death of Jesus frees us to Love and give ourselves away!
“The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel (1:15).”
“And Jesus said to them, ‘Follow me…’(1:17).”
“Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory (37).”
“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 (42b-45).”
1. Jesus kind of sacrifice is first and foremost centered on the Church not the world.
“It shall not be so among you (43).”
2) Jesus kind of sacrifice is not self-righteous sacrifice!
3. Jesus sacrifice is motivated by deep, life changing gratitude.
“See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death and deliver him over to the Gentiles. And they will mock him and spit on him, and flog him and kill him. And after three days he will rise…For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many (33-34, 45).”