Sermons on Mark
Peter needed to understand what is required to follow Jesus. The paradox is that in order to find his life he had to lose it. This requires a change of mindset; take your mind off the things of man and put it on the things of God.
As we age we tend to forget the faith and wonder surrounding Christmas that we had as children. John marvels in the wonder of the incarnation, and he encourages us to do the same.
If anyone could justify not resting, it would be Jesus. He had three years to start a movement that would change the world. But He still chose to rest. We should follow His example.
When Jesus comes to His home town and some marveled at His teaching but some lacked in faith. When Jesus meets Centurion’s Servant He marveled at the Centurion’s faith. Do we marvel and Jesus teaching? Does He marvel at our faith? Go deeper with Jesus. Jesus help our unbelief.
Names have meaning. There is a personal connection when someone recognizes you by name. God is referenced by many names throught the bible. Today let us look at the first name He is referenced by. Elohim, a plural non-personal title meaning strength and power. He is the power to create the universe and the strength of recreate you new.
The apostles have a crown on their minds, but Jesus had a cross on His. Christ teaches us that service is true greatness. Serve out of gratitude for what He has done.
You who feel justified by the law must live all the law. You who pick and choose parts of faith, act as your own gods. Let God be God. Live in the freedom He gave us in Grace, not freedom in the flesh.
If we are thinking of serving others by trying harder, there we are missing something. Serving needs to be part of a spiritual discipline. Practice serving through your gifts and in serving sacrificially.
Often out impatience is due to our table not matching up with Gods. Ultimately it could be a trust issue. Trust God, be patient. His timing is perfect.