Is your Christianity really about Christ? Or is it about what you get out of Christ? In Jesus’ death, Mark leaves us with examples of faithfulness towards Christ even as he was crucified and placed in the tomb. What an astounding faith! Wouldn’t we all like to say that we, too, would have followed him to the tomb? The wonderful truth about this passage is that Christ is truly something to be amazed by. Even if we never received anything in this life he is still worthy to be followed. Do you know Christ in this way?
Christians often talk and study about Christ and the crucifixion, but rarely do we consider that as an example of what we’re to undertake. Christ said we couldn’t be his disciple unless we take up the cross. Peter tells us that Christ suffered and it was an example for us to follow in his steps. It is time that Christians consider the reality of bearing the cross. Listen to this sermon to see if you’re bearing the cross or not.
As Jesus stood before the chief priests, he faced testimonies against him that could not be established. He was innocent. It wasn’t until he spoke up that he gave the priests reason to condemn him. He did this because he gave himself to this end. In a world full of dishonor, crudeness, false testimonies, and disarray, it is easy to become dismayed. But Christians have something that no other people have………………….hope. Listen for more.
Do you we value Christ or regularly reject him? We nod our heads at his words often, we accept certain aspects of who He is like Savior and Teacher, and we even spend time in his developed community. But do we acknowledge all aspects of who HE is? Do we call Him Lord and Judge? Are we willing to pour out what we have in service and honor of Him? When Mary poured out the nard ointment on Jesus the disciples were indignant. Are we those disciples who don’t really value Christ as much as we should? May we be reminded of his death for us on the cross and the day to day grace He extends to us so that we may be motivated to value Him in all things.