Summary: People who lose their life for Christ and the gospel will save their lives. How will people save their lives when they lose their lives for Christ and the gospel? People will save their lives as they understand three implications given in Mark 8:35.
Losing to Win!
By Pastor J Spurling
The Neighborhood Church of Gainesville
Have you ever had to lose something in order to gain something else?
Currently, I’m in the process of losing weight in order that I can gain entrance back into the pants that fit me quite nicely just last year. It is important for me to lose the 25 pounds I gained this past year in order to fit into my clothes.
This morning we will be considering something else that we all must lose in order to gain something Valuable.
Let’s read Mark 8:34–38 (Read)
Proposition: “People who lose their life for Christ and the gospel will save their lives.”
Transition: “How will people save their lives when they lose their lives for Christ and the gospel?”
Response: People will save their lives as they understand three implications given in our text.
“For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it.”
1. Christ’s purpose is the Gospel.
Why do I say that? Why do I say that Christ’s purpose is the Gospel?
What I’ve told you so far is, “People who lose their life for Christ and the Gospel will save their lives.” Does it directly say here that Christ’s purpose is the Gospel?
No, it doesn’t, but I think that is what is being implied. Look at the passage again in your Bible. The second part of Mark 8:35 says, “whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it.” When Christ says “My sake,” He is saying that whoever loses his life for me and what I am all about will save their life.
I want us to understand here that Christ’s purpose is the Gospel and we are not being told to lose our lives on account of two separate ideas, that is for both Christ and the Gospel.
The Gospel and Christ are meant as one concept here in that the Gospel defines what it is that Christ is all about. And whatever it is that he is all about, that is what we should be all about? That is what we should lose our lives for.
Do you agree? Let me give you reason to agree.
Let me propose to you what Christ is all about. Let me show you why I think His purpose is the Gospel. And that we are being told to lose our lives for that very purpose.
The Greek word being used in this verse for the English word gospel is euangelion. It is also translated into the English by saying “Good News.”
I like the way that English reformer William Tyndale defined the word. He said that euangelion (the Gospel) signified a “good, merry, glad and joyful tiding, that maketh a man’s heart glad, and maketh him sing, dance and leap for joy.”
Anything that should cause such a response most certainly is Good News.
Do you recall in Luke 2:10–11 what the angel said at Christ’s birth? Or perhaps you are more familiar with what Linus said in Charlie Brown’s Christmas special when he repeated what the angel said. He said, “Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.”