Sermon Summary from July 23, 2017
Mark 10:32–45 (NIV) • Tim Tseng
It is well accepted that the core Christian conviction is that believing in Christ will give us eternal life.
But too often we miss another core conviction: following Jesus will kill you!
Today’s scripture begins with Jesus’ third prediction of his death and resurrection. And like the other two times, his disciples did not make the connection that following Jesus meant that they, too, need to willing to deny themselves, carry their crosses, and die to their egos. Many believers have literally died for Christ, but all Christians must learn how to die in other ways. Dying is letting go of anything we trust or worship more than Jesus. It could mean, metaphorically, cutting off what causes us to sin (e.g., our hand, foot, eye in Mark 9:42-49). Last week Daniel shared that we ought to be like children, utterly dependent upon others rather than our own achievements; something that the rich young man was unable to do.
Today, dying means putting down the wrong understanding of what it means to be the greatest. Jesus taught that the greatest in the kingdom must be a servant. All disciples can drink the cup and share baptism of suffering for the sake of Christ!
This is what Paul hoped for when he said: 7 But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. 10 I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead. (Philippian 3:7-11, NIV).
So can we think of things, attitudes, desires, and addictions that we need to die to in order to follow Jesus all the way?
Remember, the ultimate goal is fulness of life and resurrection from the dead!! But we can’t understand what that means unless we drink Jesus’ cup and participate in his baptism!