Jesus tells a scribe that he is not far from the kingdom of God. What is it about this scribe’s attitude that helps him in being acknowledged this way by Christ? What is it about the commandments and how we approach them that puts us in the same position as the scribe? Listen to this sermon and humble yourself so that you may grow in the Lord.
Jesus is again tested in this passage that Mark includes in his gospel account. The Sadducees are adamant to catch Jesus in a contradiction about marriage and the resurrection. What do you believe about the resurrection? Is it real? The Sadducees didn’t think so and they use marriage in the afterlife to prove it. Listen to this sermon for an applicable teaching and to see if they are successful.
Jesus was tested often during his earthly ministry. In Chapter 12 of Mark, he records three back to back exchanges where Christ was tested in different ways by the Pharisees, Sadducees, and the Herodians. The first test was to catch Jesus in a political trap. Though these seem to be isolated to Jesus, all Christians must understand that as Christ followers we also are tested because we hold and seek the mind of Christ. Listen for more on how we are to respond and prepare for the testing.
It is easy to assume and be confident in being a “Christian”. The Jews were confident of being God’s chosen people and their whole life centered on their religious devotion. Yet, Jesus speaks a parable of judgment towards them. They had been given everything and yet they maligned God’s purposes. What will the vineyard owner do to these unfaithful vine growers? It is important to fear God. It is important to humble oneself before God. God may break off the Gentile, grafted branch just as easy as he did the Jews. Listen for more.