Today we will be in John 7:53-8:11, “The Man of Letters Meets the Woman with a Scarlet Letter”. Pastor Jon Schrag brings the message.
We believe Jesus, the eternal God, became man, died and rose again for sinful mankind. Therefore, we will trust Him and take this good news to the world.
In today’s passage, we see King Jesus accomplish redemption for all mankind.
In this passage, Pastor Scott looks at Jesus' famous statement: Give to Caesar what is Caesar's and to God what is God's. This isn't a money question, it is an ownership issue. Who do you belong to?
The question of authority is important. We all have a source of authority in our lives, someone or something that guides and drives us, something that rules. For most of us, like the Sanhedrin in today’s story, it is ourselves. We are not really interested in surrendering that rule to anyone else.
However, we must. And that someone else is God. His authority will eventually be recognized by everyone (every knee will bow, every tongue confess, that Jesus is LORD), better to do so now than before you stand before God in judgment.
In this passage, we see Jesus shut down hypocrisy and idolatry and begin to rebuild missions and prayer. We also see how prayer is rooted in history, faith, confidence, expectancy, and forgiveness.
We often call this passage the “Triumphant Entry.” Remember though, this took place when Rome was in power. They knew something about triumphal entries and would have laughed at this one. Warren Wiersbe says, "The Romans were experts at parades and official public events… An official “Roman Triumph” was indeed something to behold. When a Roman general came back to Rome after a complete conquest of an enemy, he was welcomed home with an elaborate official parade. In the parade, he would exhibit his trophies of war and the illustrious prisoners he had captures. The victorious general rode in a golden chariot, priests burned incense in his honor, and the people shouted his name and praised him. The procession ended at the arena, where people were entertained by watching the captives fight with the wild beasts. That was a Roman Triumph." Our King’s Triumphal Entry was nothing like that…
In this passage, we see Jesus and his disciples around the city of Jericho. He tells of his death and resurrection, but the disciples still don’t’ get it. Jesus teaches his disciples about servant leadership. Finally, Jesus restores sight to a blind man. What a day! His eyes are now set on the task before him in Jerusalem.
We resume our study in Mark by looking at the story of Jesus' Transfiguration. In this story, we see Jesus reveal His divinity to three of His disciples. Some key takeaways are the importance of silence and making sure we know/believe that Jesus is enough.
In the final sermon for 2019, Ted Olsen discusses what happened after Jesus' Resurrection when two of Jesus' disciples were walking on the road to Emmaus. Jesus told them about all of the prophecies that pointed to His death, burial, and resurrection. As Jesus did this, the disciples hearts burned within them. We need to let the Word of God burn within us!