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December 28, 2010

Mark 10: 1-52

verses 1-31

The Pharisees came to Jesus – ‘to test Him’(2). They asked Him about divorce (2). He spoke to them about marriage (6-9). We need to be positive, well grounded in the basic principles of God’s Word.

When the thorny problems come – as they surely will – we will face them with maturity, and not as ‘children, tossed to fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine’(Ephesians 4:14). The little children loved Jesus and Jesus loved them (13-16). Do we? Some say ‘No ‘to the love of Jesus (21-22). Say ‘Yes ‘to Him. We cannot save ourselves.

Salvation is God’s doing, not ours (26-27). Don’t let ‘self ‘take the place of Christ. Don’t say, ‘I have given so much to God, done so much for Him, given up so much for Him’. God has given you more! God has done more for you! God has given up more for you! John 3:16.

verses 32-52

Jesus was ‘going up to Jerusalem’- to the Cross (32). He came to die, ‘to give His life as a ransom for many’(45). The death of Christ lies at the very heart of the Gospel (1 Peter 1:10-12; 1 Corinthians 1:23 1 John 1:7, 2:2 Hebrews 2:9). Don’t think, ‘Glory for me’(37). Think, ‘Glory to God’(43-44): ‘God forbid that I (we)should glory in myself save in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ’(Galatians 6:14). Bartimaeus cried out to the Lord for mercy (47). ‘How embarrassing’, some people thought – ‘how undignified’(48). When God is at work, some people don’t like it! They like everything to be dignified – dull and dead! When God is at work, people get converted. This may not please the ‘critics’, but it pleases God – and that’s what matters. Cry to God for mercy. Your prayer will be heard – and answered. Praise God for His Mercy and Grace and for the Blood. Be blessed.

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