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A Gift To Be Grateful For


Mark 10: 32-34

This morning I have a gift that someone has given me…it was really nice of them to do this.

What did you think about the way I acted over this gift?

How could you tell?

Isn’t that also true when it comes to God…and what God gives us?

One way or another, God gives us everything…in fact, Acts 17 tells us that ”HE gives to all life, breath, and all things”.

Here in Mark 10 we are going to see just a glimpse of what Christ went through to make His gift available to us…

In verse 32 Jesus and His disciples are on the road to Jerusalem…and notice what it says next. It says: “…and Jesus was walking on ahead of them; and they were amazed, and those who followed were fearful.”

Now, it would be easy to just read these words and go on…not giving much thought to them.

They are reluctant because look where they are going…to Jerusalem!

They feel that way because they know that they will be walking into a “hornets nest.”

In John 11, Jesus talks to His disciples about going back to Jerusalem…and His disciples tell Him in verse 8, “They Jews just tried to stone you there…are you going there again?!”

The disciples knew how bad things were in Jerusalem.

But not Jesus…Jesus leads the way.

And He did know what was waiting…look at Mark 10:33-34.

Jesus calls His disciples aside and look what He says…look at how specific He is. He says: “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered to the chief priests and the scribes; and they will condemn Him to death, and will deliver Him to the Gentiles. 34 “And they will mock Him and spit upon Him, and scourge Him, and kill Him, and three days later He will rise again.”

This is the third time that He tells His disciples this.

Jesus knew what was waiting for Him in Jerusalem…and He still went.

There is more than one kind of courage.

But there is a greater kind of courage and that is courage that sees what is ahead…it knows what is coming…it knows the danger…the risk…the pain…the hatred that lies ahead…and even though you know what lies ahead…it goes any way.

And we all know why He went there.

You know, if someone was going to nail my hands to a cross I would be fighting and jerking…and doing all I could to stop them.

And God allowed Him to go to the cross out of love too.

And we know what He did for us there on the cross.

Brethren, we could go on and on…there are so many things that are ours because He set His sights on Jerusalem.

I have already mentioned that we show our gratitude by our actions and by what we say.

One way we show our gratitude is by coming here to worship. . .to give “thanks to God.”

Another way to show our gratitude to Christ is to honor Him in our daily living and our service to Him.

Another way to show our gratitude for God’s gift is by loving each other.

We show gratitude when we put another’s needs above our own.

We show gratitude by living a life of righteousness.

Brethren, God has given us so much.

You can turn back in your Bibles and you can read of some people that God claimed for His own… and He loved them… and protected them,.. and provided for them… and He delivered them…

Brethren, let’s always remember what He has done for us…and by our words and our deeds let us never fail to be grateful.

Let me speak briefly to those of you who have not put Christ on in baptism.