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Weekly Sermon - 22 Apr 18                                 

Our price, His promise
(Mark 10:28-31)

Speaker: Rev Peter
 
(62 minutes)
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The Occasion

Mark 10:22 "And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions."

The rich man's hold on the material things of life which will be taken away from him.

He lived for the present and not for the future. A great exchange for eternity (v.24).

Sermon Outline

.   Introduction

1.   Peter's Profession

2.   Master's Promise

3.   People's Problem

.     Conclusion

1. Peter's Profession

Mark 10:28 "Then Peter began to say unto him, Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee."

"Lo", calling attention of the Lord who knows all things so well.

Peter reminds Jesus of what they had left to follow him (cf. Mark 1:20; Matthew 4:22; Luke 5:11).

 Peter magnifies what little which he had left for Christ.

Mark 10:28 "Then Peter began to say unto him, Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee."

"A poor all," says one, "a parcel of rotten nets."

Mark 12:44 "For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living."

Adam Clarke

"To forsake all, without following Christ, is the virtue of a philosopher.  To follow Christ in profession, without forsaking all, is the state of the generality of Christians.  But to follow Christ and forsake all, is the perfection of a Christian."

2. Master's Promise

Mark 10:29 "And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel's,"

Christ's solemn affirmation and declaration;

Jesus' call involves sacrifices and severing of strong ties (cf. v.21);

"Or" – implies that not all are required to leave all of them.

Right motives are important, not for self gain.

Mark 10:30 "But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life."

They would be provided for with every thing necessary in all places, as if the whole were their own. 

Genuine messengers of God, in the present day have this promise literally fulfilled!

"Persecutions", or the contempt of the world, and bodily sufferings;

Amidst so many sorrows, the Lord will furnish superabundant consolations;

A hundred times the value of all that we forsake...with spiritual and eternal blessings in store for us.

The favour of God, in peace of conscience, in support in trials and even in death. 

3. People's Problem

Mark 10:31 "But many that are first shall be last; and the last first."

There is no guarantee for future rewards if one lacks these necessary spirits (cf. Matthew 20:1-16);

Jesus' warning against self-seeking spirit of men (e.g. Judas Iscariot).

"It is not the amount of time which one serves nor the prominence or importance of one's position which determines the rewards...but faithfulness regardless of how short or how insignificance the tasks."

"It is a warning that the ultimate judgements belong to God who alone knows the motives of men's hearts. It is a warning that the judgements of heaven may well upset the reputations of earth."

~ William Barclay ~

  

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