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Line of David

And Jesus began to say, as He taught in the temple, “How is it that the scribes say that the Christ is the son of David? Mark 12:35

The Messianic Prophecies reveal that the Messiah (Christ) will be from the line of David. This obviously brought confusion among the religious leaders as they were expecting a literal biological Son of David to rise up and become King. However how would that Son possibly be God in the Flesh then if he was just a descendant of David?

This is one of the fun things about studying the fulfilment of prophecy. We have in our minds how God will fulfill something when God has a totally different way that we have trouble comprehending.

“David himself said in the Holy Spirit, ‘THE LORD SAID TO MY LORD, “SIT AT MY RIGHT HAND, UNTIL I PUT YOUR ENEMIES BENEATH YOUR FEET.”‘ David himself calls Him ‘Lord’; so in what sense is He his son?” And the large crowd enjoyed listening to Him. Mark 12:36-37

Jesus goes on to teach that King David, filled with the Holy Spirit, called the Messiah Lord. Now if the Messiah was truly Davids biological Son he wouldn’t be calling him Lord as that would not be appropriate. A Father would not call a Son Lord, a Son would call a Father Lord.

However David was addressing Jesus as Lord not one of his Sons. So how is Jesus from the Line of David you ask? Well Joseph and Mary are both from the line of David, and during the Census in Bethlehem (City of David) Joseph registered Jesus as his Son, making him from the Line of David

Jesus being God in the Flesh could not come from a biological Father, he was conceived in Mary by the Holy Spirit and fulfilled the prophecies of the Line of David. Gods thoughts are higher than our thoughts and ways are higher than our ways! Amen!

By What Authority?

and began saying to Him, “By what authority are You doing these things, or who gave You this authority to do these things?” Mark 11:28

Who does Jesus think he is? This is what the Pharisees were saying to him. Who do you think you are coming in here and questioning our religious traditions! Who do you think you are clearing out all the money and merchants from the Temple! Who do you think you are claiming you are The Son of God!

The Pharisees were very angry with Jesus, because he turned there world upside down, he challenged the purity of their hearts and integrity of serving God. Jesus was changing the way the entire world was going to worship God!

We challenge Jesus authority also, Jesus says to deny yourself and carry your cross. Who do you think you are to tell me to deny myself! Jesus tells us to sell everything and give to the poor, who are you to tell me how to spend my money! Jesus tells us to love our enemies, who are you to tell me how to love!

And Jesus said to them, “I will ask you one question, and you answer Me, and then I will tell you by what authority I do these things. Mark 11:29

Jesus changed the world and if you let him into your heart, he will change you also! Can you answer this question, what authority is Jesus doing these things? What do you believe in your heart? Is Jesus your Lord of Lords? Your King of Kings? Is Jesus your God? Then you know by what authority Jesus is doing these things!

Answering Jesus, they said, “We do not know.” And Jesus said to them, “Nor will I tell you by what authority I do these things.” Mark 11:33

Don’t be a copout like the Pharisees, you know who Jesus is! Anyone who denies him before others he will deny You before the Father! Obey Christ and be Set Free Amen!

Make You Well

When he heard that it was Jesus the Nazarene, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Mark 10:47

Who does Jesus have mercy on? Everyone who calls upon the name of The Lord! Here is a blind beggar named Bartimaeus, the world has left him for dead. He was discarded like a piece of trash on the side of the street, left to fend for himself. Yet he heard the Savior was coming through town!

And when Bartimaeus heard Jesus was coming through town, he cried out for him. And everyone around him kept telling him to shut up, but that prompted Bartimaeus to cry out even louder! Are you crying out to Jesus?

And answering him, Jesus said, “What do you want Me to do for you?” And the blind man said to Him, “Rabboni, I want to regain my sight!” Mark 10:51

And Jesus answered Bartimaeus cries and replied “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus wants to know from you, what do you want him to change in your life? Are you just saying meaningless prayers or are you having heartfelt conversations with The Lord?

And Jesus said to him, “Go; your faith has made you well.” Immediately he regained his sight and began following Him on the road. Mark 10:52

Notice what Jesus says here, “Your faith has made you well”, see without faith we cant do anything, God cant work in our lives without faith. We need to be “ALL IN”, Trust in the Lord Jesus Christ for deliverance and he will make you Well (Spiritually) meaning Eternal Life Amen!

Servant of Christ

But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or to be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?” Mark 10:38

Leonard Ravenhill once said “So you really want to be like Jesus?” Most Christians would probably answer Yes, but as Ravenhill then points out, are we willing to go 40 days and night in the desert with no food and being tempted by Satan himself? Probably not, point is there is a reason why Jesus is the Son of God and why we are his servants. We cant lose focus of that as Christians

The Zebedee Brothers (Sons of Thunder) James and John lost this focus. They got so wrapped up in what they were accomplishing for God, that they believed they could sit at the right hand of Jesus. Jesus said to them “You don’t even know what your asking”

But it is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant; and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be slave of all. Mark 10:43-44

Jesus tried to explain to his disciples , the way the Kingdom of God works is a lot different then the way the world works. If you want to be great in Gods Kingdom, then be a servant! Who wants to be a servant? Exactly it goes against our human flesh and logic. We want to be a King where God is making us to be a servant.

Many ministries start off with good intentions and then they lose focus. Then end up becoming more ego drive then Christ centered. Don’t forget who you are, a servant of Jesus Christ! Humble yourself and you will be exalted by God Amen!

God Alone

And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone. Mark 10:18

Often when people read this story about the “Rich Young Ruler” they believe its just a valuable lesson about God and money. However there is much more that is going on in this story, I think this story is one of the true revelations of Jesus deity.

The Rich man asks Jesus what do I need to do to inherit eternal life? Now notice this man recognizes who Jesus is, the Messiah (Christ). Hes specifically coming to Christ to ask him about gaining eternal life. But notice Jesus response “Why do you call me good?  No one is good except God alone “

So if God is the only one good , how can Jesus be the atonement for your sins unless he is God?

If Jesus is not God, then he wouldn’t be good, therefor he wouldn’t be able to be your atonement for your sins

See those who deny the Trinity (Godhead) of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit have real salvation issues. Because if you remove the deity from Christ, hes no longer able to be a sinless sacrifice. But when you recognize Jesus is God , he is able to take away your sins because he is sinless

The original Greek word for “Good” is “Agathos” which deeper meaning is “originates from God” “empowered by God”

This word is used to describe the “Good” Tree that bears “good” fruit opposed to the bad trees thrown in the fire (Matthew 7)

This word is used to describe the “Good” Soil that produces “good” fruit opposed to bad soil that is overtaken by Satan (birds) or withers and dies (Luke 8)

Remember Jesus said Nobody is Good except God alone, nobody can be saved except by Christ Alone! Amen!

Like A Child

But when Jesus saw this, He was indignant and said to them, “Permit the children to come to Me; do not hinder them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Mark 10:14

We all know and sang the song “Jesus loves the little children” and he does! But notice how this is in complete opposition of religion or the world. In this scene, the children saw Jesus and wanted to come to him, however the adults were rebuking them and telling them to go away.

Even in modern day “Churches” or society we still act the same way. “Children are to be seen and not heard!” Why are we so offended by the outburst of a child? Why be angered by the cries of a baby? Because we as humans are puffed up with pride! We need to sound and act important, if Jesus is truly your master, he was ok with kids interrupting the service, why aren’t you?

“Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all.” Mark 10:15

Jesus takes it one step further and says unless we become like these children we cant enter Heaven…ouch! Our big puffed up egos are bruised! What are the traits of children? Innocence, trust, wonder, curious, honest, these are qualities we all need as Christians.

Jesus said unless we become “Born Again” we cant enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Becoming Born Again is a transformation of your mind and heart. Until we renew our minds like children, until we bring back that innocence and honesty, we cant enter Heaven. Until we Repent and accept Jesus as our Lord we cant become like Children of God! Amen!

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!

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!