Sermon #43†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Series: Mark
††††††††††† Title:†† ††††††††††† Christís Amazing Doctrine
††††††††††† Text:†††††††††††††† Mark 10:28-34
††††††††††† Readings:†††††† Office: Merle Hart Auditorium: Rex Bartley
††††††††††† Subject:††††††††† The Things Our Lord Taught His Disciples
††††††††††† Date:†††††††††††††† Sunday Evening - Mach 8, 1998
††††††††††† Tape # U-58
††††††††††† That which our Lord Jesus Christ taught not only astonished the public, it also amazed his disciples. Tonight, I want to talk to you about CHRISTíS AMAZING DOCTRINE. You have my text before you in Mark 10:28-34
Proposition:††††††††††† Those things our Lord taught, his doctrine concerning his grace, his salvation, and his sin-atoning sacrifice are amazing things to consider.
Divisions:†††† In this passage of Scripture I want us to behold and thoughtful meditate upon these three things:
1. A Glorious Promise (vv. 28-30).
2. A Solemn Warning (v. 31).
3. A Faithful Surety (vv. 32-34).
I. The very first thing, which caught my attention, as I read this brief paragraph, was the fact that our Saviorís response to Peter was not a word of rebuke but A Glorious Promise (vv. 28-30).
A. Peterís statement in verse twenty-eight was an honest, true statement.
††††††††††† He might be blamed for the reason he made this statement. He might be blamed for the apparent expectation he had of the Lord rewarding him, as though he had earned a reward from the Lord of glory. Matthew tells us that this statement as followed by a very foolish question - ďWhat shall we have therefore?Ē (Matt. 19:27).
††††††††††† Yet, when all is said and done, if our faith in Christ does not involve the kind of self-denying devotion and consecration to Christ that Peter here expresses, our faith is an empty, vain delusion.
††††††††††† True faith forsakes all and follows Christ. True faith is the unqualified, unreserved surrender of myself, my life, my all to the dominion and rule Lord Jesus Christ as my Lord, my Master, and my King. This is what the story of the rich young ruler in the preceding paragraph teaches. If salvation can be gained simply by believing the right things, that man would not have gone away sorrowful. Salvation involves leaving all for Christís sake and the gospelís.
B. Our Savior assures us that, having left all to follow him, his disciples have lost nothing and gained indescribably more than any of us can ever imagine (vv. 29-30).
††††††††††† Few promises can be found in the Book of God more comprehensive than this. I know of none, which hold before us such great encouragements for life in this world as well as in the world to come. Let every faithful, but faint hearted, follower of Christ mark this promise, read it often, meditate upon it daily, and find in this cluster of grapes wine to make his heart merry. Let all who endure hardness and persecution for Christís sake and the gospelís study this promise well and drink often from this deep well. It speaks of this life and of the life to come.
1. Children of God, whatever it is that following Christ costs you, you shall receive in this life one hundredfold!
††††††††††† As Israel lacked nothing all the while they roamed about in the wilderness, as the disciples lacked nothing while they walked with the Son of God on this earth, so our Savior declares that the obedience of faith will never cause us to be in want, but shall only enrich us a hundredfold in this world.
††††††††††† Not only does the Son of God promise us pardon, peace, redemption, and reconciliation through his blood and his grace, he promises us that we shall have, even here upon the earth, comforts and joys more than sufficient to make up for that which we have left for him. Child of God, bear me witness. Is this not so? Have you not found in the communion of Godís saints new friends, new relationships, and new companions more loving, more faithful, more lasting, more valuable, and more numerous than you ever had before? That may seem impossible to you who do not yet know our God, his grace, or his people; but every believer in this house will say ďAmenĒ to what our Lord here asserts.
∑ Philippians 4:19
2. Moreover, in addition to all this, our Savior promises all who follow him eternal life in the world to come.
††††††††††† ďThe Lord will give grace and glory!Ē He gives grace here and he will give glory hereafter.
∑ As soon as we put off these earthly tabernacles, we will enter into the glorious rest of the sons of God (2 Cor. 5:1-9).
∑ In the last day, in the resurrection morning, we shall be given honor, joy, and glory surpassing our highest, most reverent expectation (1 Cor. 2:9).
∑ Our light affliction here shall redound to our Saviorís greater honor and our greater joy in eternity.
∑ We shall dwell forever with the Son of God in a world where sin and sorrow, sickness and death, Satan and temptations, parting and weeping shall be no more!
††††††††††† My brother, my sister, take heart. Time is short. Our sorrows shall soon be no more. Our end is sure. Weeping may endure for the night; but joy will come in the morning!
II. Now, look at the next verse. Here is A Solemn Warning (v. 31).
Our Master saw the self-conceit, which defiled his disciples and frankly warned them all to be watchful over their souls. If this warning as needed by Peter, James, and John, how much more it is needed by you and me. Let us take heed to these words and learn what they mean.
A. Without question, this waning was applicable to the twelve Apostles to whom it was first given.
††††††††††† There was one standing among them who was more highly esteemed and trusted than all the others, who was a devil and would soon be in hell. His name was Judas. He was the first, in his own eyes and in the eyes of the twelve. But now he is the last.
††††††††††† There was another who was not among them. In fact, he was just a young man, a young Pharisee, being trained at the feet of Gamaliel, a zealous religionists, leaning to hate Christ, his gospel, and his people. Any who knew him would say, ďThis young man is the last man who would be numbered among the disciples of Christ.Ē But God had purposed otherwise. The young Phariseeís name was Saul of Tarsus. Soon, he would be elevated to the most prominent position in the kingdom of God.
B. This warning explains the entire history of the Church of God in this world.
∑ There was a time when Asia Minor, Greece, and Northern Africa were flourishing with the light of the gospel, but now their light has been tuned into darkness.
∑ Today, in this land, which was once darkness, God has established the light of his grace again.
∑ Let us take heed, lest we as a people are again engrossed in utter darkness.
C. This warning is a warning which ought to sound like an alarm in the ears of us all.
††††††††††† How many there are known to us all who seemed once to run well for a season. They stood out in the crowd. They seemed to be head and shoulders above the rest of us. They were so zealous, so committed, so knowledgeable, so confident, so sure about everything. They were the first. But now where are they? They are gone. They are the last.
∑ The love of the world got one.
∑ The deceitfulness of riches got another.
∑ A bad marriage got another.
∑ A flattering woman took another.
∑ False doctrine destroyed another.
††††††††††† Let us pray for grace to run our race to the end. It is not enough to begin well. We must persevere. We must continue in the faith. We must end well. God give me grace to begin with Christ, stay with Christ, and end with Christ!
III. †The last thing I want you to see is the fact that our Lord Jesus Christ is indeed A Faithful Surety (vv. 32-34).
††††††††††† Calmly and deliberately, our Savior told his disciples why he was going to Jerusalem and all that he must there suffer and do as our great Surety, Substitute, and Savior.
Let me show you several things here.
A. The Son of God went up to Jerusalem willingly, purposefully, and deliberately, to die there as our covenant Surety.
B. He went to Jerusalem to suffer and die at the hands of wicked men on the cursed tree by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God.
C. The Lord of glory went to Calvary to make satisfaction to the law and justice of God for the sins of his people, that he might put away our sins and save us by the sacrifice of himself.
D. On the third day after his death as our Substitute, the Lord Jesus Christ publicly declared that he had fully satisfied the justice of God and put away all the sins of his people which were imputed to him, by rising from the dead!
Application: I am finished when I have made just three statements by way of application.
1. He who has satisfied the whole of Godís law and justice for his people will, without fail, save those people for whom he has made satisfaction.
2. He who was able to satisfy the law and justice of God and rise from the dead is able to save to the uttermost every sinner who comes to God by him.
3. If the Lord Jesus Christ so willingly suffered all the hell of Godís wrath for us, it is but a most reasonable thing that we should devote ourselves to him.