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Cut It Out!

If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life crippled, than, having your two hands, to go into hell, into the unquenchable fire, where THEIR WORM DOES NOT DIE, AND THE FIRE IS NOT QUENCHED.Mark 9:43-44

Cut off your hand? Cut off your foot? What is Jesus talking about here? The real question is what is worth going to hell for? Your answer most likely would be nothing! Then what are you doing with that sin in your life? Cut it Out! That’s what Jesus is talking about here, if there is sin in your life, its better to cut out that sin then go to hell!

Notice here Jesus calls Hell the “Unquenchable Fire” , other times Jesus describes Hell as “Weeping and Gnashing of Teeth”, is this where you want to spend eternity? We can argue all day long about the specifics of hell, but the bottom line is its real and you don’t want to go there!

“If your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life lame, than, having your two feet, to be cast into hell, where THEIR WORM DOES NOT DIE, AND THE FIRE IS NOT QUENCHED. Mark 9:45-46

In case we didn’t get the message the first time, Jesus repeats himself again! Cut out your sin or be cast into hell. I know many wont like this message, many might get offended! However Jesus is not looking to be politically correct, hes looking to save your soul!

Again what sin is worth going to hell for? None are, so repent of your sins, become Born Again, and follow the Lord Jesus Christ! Amen!

Lamb of God

For He was teaching His disciples and telling them, “The Son of Man is to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill Him; and when He has been killed, He will rise three days later.” Mark 9:31

Most of the disciples, by this point, believed Jesus is the Christ (Messiah) However their understanding of what the Christ (Messiah) would have to accomplish to reestablish Gods Kingdom was wrong. Now that God sent the Messiah, the King of Kings, and Lord of Lords, the disciples believed Jesus would rule with a rod of iron, destroy all their enemies, and reestablish the nation of Israel

However what they didn’t understand was Jesus came to save the entire world and not just the Jewish people. They also missed the Messianic Prophecies where the Christ would have to become the Lamb to take the sins of the world

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. Isaiah 53:5

Nobody wants to talk about their God as a “Suffering Servant”. But this is exactly what Jesus had to accomplish at the cross to save the entire world from their sins. When Jesus told his disciples that he would have to be killed and then rise three days later, he was fulfilling the Messianic prophecies of Isaiah, he was also becoming the atoning sacrifice for our sins

Jesus lowered himself in obedience to save us from our sins! Glory to the Lamb of God Amen!

Resurrection Sunday

And he said to them, “Do not be amazed; you are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who has been crucified. He has risen; He is not here; behold, here is the place where they laid Him. Mark 16:6

After the Sabbath on Sunday morning, a few women went to the tomb of Jesus to bring spices for his body. What they didn’t realize was they were going to witness the greatest event in world history! The angel at the tomb told the woman, Jesus is Risen!

The angel told them to tell the Good News (Gospel) to the rest of the disciples. When the woman told Peter and the disciples , they didn’t believe them. But they went to investigate anyway, what they found not only changed their lives forever, but changed the entire world forever

Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Supposing Him to be the gardener, she said to Him, “Sir, if you have carried Him away, tell me where you have laid Him, and I will take Him away.” John 20:15

After the disciples investigated they left but Mary stayed behind and was crying over the Lord Jesus. However a man who was there asked here “Why are you weeping”? This seems like a dumb question at a tomb. But she didn’t realize the man she was talking to was the Risen Lord Jesus Christ!

As the angels asked the woman previously “Why do you seek the Living among the Dead? (Luke 24:5) Meaning Jesus has Risen! Jesus is alive forevermore and is sitting on the throne in Heaven.

The greatest day is Easter (Resurrection) Sunday because death has been defeated, the grave couldn’t hold him! Our God reigns forevermore Hallelujah to the Lamb of God! Amen!

It Is Finished

Therefore when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit. John 19:30

What did Jesus mean when he said “It Is Finished”? Some would say “all of our sins were washed away”, some might say “Death was defeated” And these things are true , however I believe there is also a deeper meaning that we might not be considering

The original Greek for “It Is Finished” is to end, to fulfill, to pay, to complete

So what is Jesus fulfilling? What is he paying? What is he completing?

And in the same way He took the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood. Luke 22:20

Jesus said that his blood shed for us would be a “New Covenant”. This is the New Covenant that was fortold in the Old Testament (Jeremiah 31, Ezekiel 36)

A covenant is a contract. The old Covenant (Contract) has been fulfilled, completed. On the cross Jesus fulfilled the Old Covenant, IT IS FINISHED

Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. Matthew 5:17

Jesus said he has Fulfilled (Finished) the Law and the Prophets (Old Covenant) The contract has been completed by the works of Jesus Christ. No longer are we bound by the Law because Christ has Finished or Fulfilled the contract

When He said, “A new covenant,” He has made the first obsolete. But whatever is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to disappear. Hebrews 8:13

So when Jesus said IT IS FINISHED on the cross, he has freed us from the penalty of death from The Law. Is The Law abolished, NO, it has been fulfilled by Christ. If your not saved by the blood of Christ, you are still under The Law

However those who repent and put their trust in Jesus have been set Free, IT IS FINISHED

Garden of Gethsemane

They came to a place named Gethsemane; and He said to His disciples, “Sit here until I have prayed.” Mark 14:32

Gethsemane is where Jesus came to die, the cross is only the evidence – Leonard Ravenhill

The garden of Gethsemane will kick off a series of events that will eventually take Jesus to the cross. And then ultimately victorious out of the Tomb! Notice Jesus brought his disciples to support him while he talks to the Father. But Christ inner circle was starting to fall apart. Judas left to betray him, Peter was about to deny him 3 times, the Zebedee brothers were arguing who was the greatest, the humanity of the disciples was starting to show

And He said to them, “My soul is deeply grieved to the point of death; remain here and keep watch.” Mark 14:34

Jesus was in great distress, because he knew what he was about to endure for the penalty of our sins. The gospel of Luke says Jesus was sweating blood (Luke 22:44) So how did his disciples react? They all fell asleep! During the most urgent time Jesus needed them, they fell asleep. Just like we are today, where are the “Churches” on fire for the Lord today? They all have fallen asleep with complacency!

And He was saying, “Abba! Father! All things are possible for You; remove this cup from Me; yet not what I will, but what You will.” Mark 14:36

Jesus asks the Father to take this “Cup of wrath” from him, but not Christs will but the will of the Father will be done! Jesus by his obedience took this “Cup of Wrath” upon him because of our sins, not his. Who else could take this Cup? Nobody because Jesus is the perfect Passover Lamb of God!

And He came the third time, and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? It is enough; the hour has come; behold, the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners.  Mark 14:41

The Time has Come! For Christ to be betrayed, beaten, and crucified by sinners! Why did this have to happen? Because the wages of our sins is death and Christ is the only one who can atone for our debts!

The Garden of Eden brought sin into the world while the Garden of Gethsemane started the process to bring redemption to the world Amen!

Your Deliverer

Go and cry out to the gods which you have chosen; let them deliver you in the time of your distress.” Judges 10:14

Time and time again, God delivered the Israelites from slavery, from starvation, from plagues, he delivered them from everything. However time and time again the Israelites kept going back to their pagan gods and false idols. So God had enough and told them, let your fake gods and idols deliver you in your times of trouble!

We still do this today, we make money our god, we make our vehicle our idol, however when times go bad, when your health is failing, or your feeling hopeless, who are you going to turn to? Money isn’t going to save your soul, you cant drive your new car into Heaven. Your video game system doesn’t care how your feeling, God does care and he will deliver you!

‘AND IT SHALL BE THAT EVERYONE WHO CALLS ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED.’ Acts 2:21

Israel realized their sins, repented, and returned to God. Put away your false idols and gods, repent, and call upon the name of Jesus! There is no one else who can save you but Jesus Christ! Don’t rely on objects or things that are temporary and will fade away!

Jesus Christ is the same today, yesterday, and forever! Choose Christ and he will deliver You! Amen!

Carry Your Cross

And He summoned the crowd with His disciples, and said to them, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. Mark 8:34

What does it take to be a Christian? A lot of people would say, well you repeat a few words, maybe get dunked into water, and then your good! Accepting Christ is not just a one-time event, it’s a daily walk. Of course you should come to Christ, repent of your sins, and get baptized. However what is after that?

Jesus said “If anyone wishes to come after Me” meaning If anyone wants to follow me (hence be a Christian) They must deny themselves, carry your cross, and follow Christ.

I think John the Baptist said it best “He (Jesus) must Increase, I must decrease” (John 3:30) How many churches or ministries seem to be self centered rather than Christ centered? A lot of these “Christian”books and sermons, its hard to even tell if they are Christian

For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. Mark 8:35

 If you truly want to be saved, your old self must die first. Your life no longer belongs to you, you were bought by the blood of Christ (1 Corinthians 6:20) So why do you keep acting like you own yourself? Why do we continue to try and puff ourselves up and feed our egos? Why do we continue to live like the world?

For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul? Mark 8:36

The world will profit you nothing! However you will lose everything, including your soul! Whatever your doing for Christ, remember who your master is, Jesus! Nobody receives pride from carry a cross, carry it daily! Humble yourself before The Lord Amen!

No Bread

They began to discuss with one another the fact that they had no bread. Mark 8:16

The disciples have just witnessed Jesus feed 4,000 people with 7 loaves of bread, however when they were leaving they forgot to bring the leftover bread (7 baskets) with them on their next journey.

Instead of marveling over the miracle they just witnessed, they continued to focus on the fact they only had 1 loaf of bread for all of them to share.

And Jesus, aware of this, said to them, “Why do you discuss the fact that you have no bread? Do you not yet see or understand? Do you have a hardened heart? Mark 8:17

Jesus is perplexed how these men could witness all of these miracles and listen to tall his teachings, yet no apply it to their lives. God just demonstrated that he would provide by feeding 4,000 people with 7 loaves, however the disciples are worrying about their lack of food

We are like the disciples also, we know all the stories about the miracles of Jesus. We know all the promises from God throughout the Bible, yet we worry about our basic needs, our hearts have been hardened

when I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces you picked up?” They said to Him, “Twelve.” “When I broke the seven for the four thousand, how many large baskets full of broken pieces did you pick up?” And they said to Him, “Seven.” And He was saying to them, “Do you not yet understand?” Mark 8:19-21

Jesus is reminding them of the miracles that they have witnessed, the feeding of the 5,000 and the 4,000. Jesus asks them “Do you not yet understand”? Do we still not understand that nothing is impossible for God? Do we still not understand God will provide for all our needs? Don’t allow your heart to be hardened to Jesus Amen!

Crumbs of Christ

And He was saying to her, “Let the children be satisfied first, for it is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” Mark 7:27

The story of a Gentile woman begging Jesus to save the life of her daughter. How can this Gentile woman even know Jesus is the Messiah (Christ) without growing up with the scriptures? The Holy Spirit led her and she believed with faith and knew Jesus is Lord

But Jesus response is interesting, somewhat harsh. He refers to Israel as the children and the Gentiles as dogs. Why? Because this is how Gentiles were viewed before Christ, we as Gentiles could not be Children of God without the blood of Christ

But she answered and said to Him, “Yes, Lord, but even the dogs under the table feed on the children’s crumbs.” Mark 7:28

Instead of this woman being offended and walking away, she agreed with Jesus. And she said she was willing to just eat the crumbs under the Lords Table. This showed the womans humility and reverence for Jesus

How many of us would be willing to eat the crumbs just to get near Christ? Most of us use Christ to build ourselves up, instead of letting Christ break us down. Jesus must increase and we must decrease!

And He said to her, “Because of this answer go; the demon has gone out of your daughter.” Mark 7:29

Because of her true faith, Jesus cast out the demon from her daughter. Jesus was testing her to see how she would respond. How would we respond if Jesus said that to us? We would be offended? Or would we humble ourselves to the King of Kings?

This was a foreshadow of the Gentiles coming into the Covenant with God through the blood of Jesus Christ Amen!