April 1st, 2012 Book of Mark Wk19 – Heaven Isn't Cheap

We continue in the book of Mark to see and understand how Jesus came not to be served, but to serve and give His life as a ransom for many.

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The Gospel of Mark: Heaven isn’t cheap

April 1st , 2012  by Kasey Crawford

Today’s Passage: selected parts of Mark 8-10

Review…( Mark 1-7)

A framework for understanding Mark: The book of Mark puts on display how Jesus brings more of heaven to earth and invites his followers to experience the same as they learn a new (kingdom) way of life from the Master and respond with regular repentance (turning to God) and belief (taking action).

New (Mark 8-10)

Peter answered him, “You are the Christ.” 8:29

Peter is a model for discipleship in that he discerns there is something ___________ than human about Jesus.

It’s been an awesome wild ride so far with the disciples, and they are just getting started right?  But then Jesus reveals more of what his mission and ministry ________ include…

And he began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and…be killed, and after three days rise again.  8:31

And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 8:33

Jesus _________ does not fit into Peter’s box of Messiah.

We see the beginning of a trend for Jesus and his disciples in which there time together, though still full of victory, also takes on a more serious tone as Jesus is trying to prepare them for the reality of what he must do to make the blessings he freely gives possible.

Heaven on earth is awesome but it doesn’t come ___________.

Then we move back to a couple more scenes of Jesus back to his work of demonstrating God’s heart for the earth. And times are good again, and things are rolling and victory is everywhere. But then for a second time Jesus talks about the ________ for him to die. (Ch. 9)

The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him. And when he is killed, after three days he will rise. 9:31

In the midst of the good times rolling, for a third time now, Jesus tells them of his need to die. But his disciples still don’t understanding why. So he shares with them…

even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”    10:45

For the first time in the book of Mark we have a window into the cross and how it makes all this grace ____________

A ransom is a payment made that allows someone in ___________ to go ________.

Jesus says very clearly, I am going to _______ my life to set you free.

How does he do that?

On the cross Jesus said, ““My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Mark 15:34

He is suffering the hell of being _______ _______ of the presence of the father. Why?  So ____ can be set free from it.

And Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed his last. 38 And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. 15:37-38

He absorbed the punishment of being shut out of the presence of God, so that the presence of heaven could freely invade our lives now and forever.

How is your heart telling you to respond to the reality that Jesus chose to set you free?