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Idolatry Keeps Us from Eternal Life | Mark 10:20–22

And he said to Him, “Teacher, I have kept all these things from my youth up.” Looking at him, Jesus felt a love for him and said to him, “One thing you lack: go and sell all you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” But at these words he was saddened, and he went away grieving, for he was one who owned much property.
Like in the parable of the soils (Mk 4:3–20), the rich young ruler indicates initial growth, but his heart is stony underneath.He loved something more than God.Specifically, he bowed before the altar of money.
The commandments reveal his idolatrous state.As we discussed last time, Jesus used the Law to reveal this man’s heart—even altering the command, “Thou shalt not covet,” to highlight his sin of fraud.Jesus wants to demonstrate the full weight of the Law, which includes the intents of the heart and demands entire perfection (cf. 5:21–48).However, Jesus’s words fall on spiritually deaf ears, as the young man believes …

There is None Good Except God | Mark 10:18–19

And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone.You know the commandments, ‘Do not murder, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother.’ ”
One of the primary uses of God’s law is to stress the gulf between the His holiness and man.In other words, as we read God’s Word, reveals how unholy we are, and how much we need God’s grace.Yet, the rich young ruler failed to see his need for forgiveness and mercy.
We can’t see others as good.Some have taken Jesus’s words here to mean He denies being good (and that He couldn’t therefore be God), but He doesn’t say that.As the parallel text records, Jesus asked, “Why are you asking Me about what is good?” (Mt 19:17).In other words, Jesus forces the man to ponder the weight of the word “good,” to not use it superficially or flippantly.
We can’t see ourselves as good.This man uses “good” lightly of others and himself, so Jesus takes him to the Ten Comman…

So Close, Yet So Far from Life | Mark 10:17–18

As He was setting out on a journey, a man ran up to Him and knelt before Him, and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone.
Jesus is leaving from the house where He taught His disciples about marriage and blessed the children (vv. 10–16).He’s heading toward Jerusalem (v. 32) when this man approaches.Everything externally about this man’s demeanor is that of worship, and he comes with the paramount question: “What shall I do to inherit eternal life?” (v. 17).Note that, regardless of how close he came to the answer, it wasn’t close enough.
This man’s mindset has brought him close to getting eternal life.He’s a ruler, perhaps in a synagogue (Lk 18:18), and wealthy (v.22), which people perceived to be a sign of God’s blessing (cf. vv. 23–24). He runs to Jesus, an undignified act for such men, and then falls on his knees before Christ.He calls Jesus a “good teacher,” asking Jesus (Who…

SERMON: Why He Loves the Children | Mark 10:13–16

Why He Loves the Children | Mark 10:13–16
Shaun Marksbury | Grace Bible Church
Sunday Morning Service | March 18, 2018

Christ says let the children come to Him.  His love for children is on display in this passage.  They seem to still be in the home where Jesus answered His disciples’ question about marriage and divorce (vv. 10–12) when Jesus is providentially greeted by parents and their children.  Jesus challenges His disciples’ poor attitude toward children and unexpectedly uses children to describe a proper attitude of faith.



We live in a world that doesn’t seem to love children.For example, for the first time in US history, elderly people in the United States are due to outnumber children.[1]This age disparity is already reality in other countries; a report from Japan a few years back states that more adult than infant diapers are now sold,[2] and another says that some nursing homes utilize robots because they are so lacking in help.[3]Italy has tried to increase…


SERMON: Marriage and the Question of LGBT | Mark 10:6–8

Marriage & LGBT| Mark 10:6–8
Shaun Marksbury | Grace Bible Church
Sunday Morning Service | March 11, 2018

Our culture grows more confused by the day, and even non-Christians are scratching their heads as they witness what’s happening in our society.  Christians should be the salt and light to help guide people to the truth.  We need some clarity of thought, so let’s consider the confusion and Jesus’s response.

We saw last week that Christ calls us back to a biblical definition of marriage.He highlights the genesis of marriage to define its purposes for us.They are, as Dr. Irv Busenitz helpfully points out, “reproduction, the union of one woman and one man, woman functioning as a complement to man, picturing the relationship between Christ and His church, and a fulfilling of distinctive roles by husband and by wife.”[1]
Oddly, what I just read is a message of hate to many.Defining marriage in terms of gender and reproduction supposedly restricts alternative exp…