Is there a limit to what we are willing to give to Jesus? Mary’s costly gift of love is contrasted with Judas’ betrayal. Mary trades social and economic status for the love and surety found in Jesus Christ. She follows Jesus, not for what she can get, but for who He is and what he has done for her. Are we willing to give costly or are we hedging our bets?
- A demonstration of love (costly)
- A demonstration of betrayal (profitable)
- A demonstration of deliverance
The Gospel of Mark answers the questions: Who is this man and what did Jesus come to do?
Jesus will return to both judge and renew the world. God is in control and Jesus wins. Jesus will return in great clouds of glory to fill the earth with God’s presence. On the great and terrible day of the Lord, God will judge the nations and gather His elect to Himself. Be prepared and stay alert for only the Father knows the day and hour of the second coming.
- He will return personally and visibly (v. 26)
- He will return triumphantly (v. 26)
- He will return redemptively (v. 24-25)
- He will return justly (v. 27)
- He will return unexpectedly (v. 32)
God is on a mission to make himself known to his people. By living within creation, God’s people make God’s mission known. As God’s image bearers, we are called to remove ourselves from sin. God doesn’t let sin get the last word but He saves his children from their sin through Jesus Christ.
- God makes his presence known through his image bearers
- God removes his presence from sin but remains on mission
- God promises his presence again
The sermon both comforts and challenges us. Our natural inclination is to mess stuff up. Jesus Christ won security for us and we are now free to be honest about our sin. Jesus Christ now defines us and gives us our identity, not our sin. Grace flows downhill to the poor and humble and He works through our weaknesses for His glory. God’s will will prevail through the Church, as broken as she is.
What are God’s New Year’s resolutions for you?
- Cheer up! You’re far worse than you think.
- Cheer up! God’s grace is much greater than you can imagine.
- Cheer up! God works through our weakness.
- Cheer up! God’s kingdom/plan will eventually prevail.
- Repent & Rebuild (1-6)
- Get over the past & look forward to the future (7-8)
- Your future will involve suffering, but ultimate victory will come through a future shepherd (9-14)
Live a life of continual repentance and God will forgive and show you mercy. Turn your regret and sorrow into rejoicing. Be fearless, strong and full of hope. God purposes to do His people good. Jesus Christ is the branch who saves us from our sin.