Gospel of Mark Chapter 14 Part Three
Introduction: A key idea in the Gospel of Mark is that Jesus is the servant of God. Today, we hope to discuss Jesus' walk to Gethsemane.
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Read Mark 14:26-31
4. Walk to Gethsemane. Jesus told His disciples in this section of the Gospel of Mark that they would fall away from Him.
He talked about how striking the shepherd scatters the sheep. He tells the energetic Peter that he will deny/disown the Lord three times, before the rooster crows twice.
- Making change a process. Notice in the Gospel of Mark 14 vss. 27-28 of how Jesus made change a process. His being crucified was not simply a shocking event. He told them about it several times before hand.
It is often helpful to make change a process. The Pastor often gives out printed information and have discussion meetings, before it is time to make big decisions, in the spirit of making change a process.
In raising children, it is important to help them understand that when they reach a certain age, there will be some changes in the amount of support given to them.
Even in marriage, it is helpful to talk about changes that come with retirement, surgery, and unfortunately, even with divorce. Let's try to make change a process, when it is helpful.
- Strong shepherds/leaders. Notice in vs. 27 of the 14th chapter of the Gospel of Mark the teaching related to "striking the shepherd scatters the sheep." God sends sinful human beings to lead His people.
When the leader is strong, the sheep are in good hands. When the shepherd is harmed, the sheep are in grave danger, as they wander off to various places. Consequently, we should strive to keep our leaders from being stricken.
We can do this by not striking them ourselves (i.e., talking them down, challenging, causing grief, etc.). We can do this by trying to prevent others from striking them (i.e., counter the negativity with positive, not giving audience to murmuring, reporting trouble makers, being an example of support, etc.).
Let's work on keeping our shepherd/leader strong. Having strong shepherds is not only good for shepherds and in line with God's will, but it is helpful to sheep.
- Hope after bad times. In the 14th chapter of the Gospel of Mark notice in vs. 28 that Jesus talks about the hope that follows the resurrection. As terrible as the crucifixion was, it was not the end of the story.
We should thank God that no matter how bad our situations may be, the bad situation is not the end of the story. God is working things out for the good of His people.
The end of the story for every believer is saturated with goodness. Let's remind one another that there is great hope for every believer. God is still in the blessing business.
- Faulty pledges. Notice in vss. 29, 31 that Peter made a noble but faulty pledge. We see here in the Gospel of Mark that he meant well, but he will prove to be unreliable in his pledge.
On one hand, we should be totally committed to obeying God's will. But on the other hand, the best of us are filthy rags and unpredictable sinners.
Let's strive to live faithful lives, with a realization that we are dependent on God's grace. Realizing that God gives grace will allow us to move along, in spite of our failures in the "court yards" of life.
- Trust God's knowledge of the future. Notice in vs. 30 that God already knows what will happen. We see here in the Gospel of Mark that God knows the good stuff like resurrection. And He knows the bad stuff like crucifixion and denial.
We don't know the future. There are those who we trust to do well, who will do evil deeds. And there are those who we believe will always do evil deeds, but they are subject to turn around.
Let's learn to trust that God knows what is best and is working things out for the good of His people. This sort of confidence in the Lord will cut down on our anxiety about the unknown, humble our self-confidence, and give us peace in facing another day or night.
Conclusion: Let's work on being servants God. God has much for those who obey His will.
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