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Summary: Part 2 of a 2-part sermon. Mark related/described the chain of events surrounding Jesus’ death. Certain events transpired in bringing about the death of our Deliverance. But when does Deliverance die? 5 assumptions ensuring the death of Deliverance.

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The DEATH of DELIVERANCE-II—Mark 15:1-47

Need:

To grasp the significance of Jesus’ death on the cross & thus to wrest the Easter season from the confines of secular thinking.

Mk. 9:30-32—“Then they departed from there & passed through Galilee, & He did not want anyone to know it. For He taught His disciples & said to them, “The Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of men, & they will kill Him. And after He is killed, He will rise the third day.” But they did not understand this saying, & were afraid to ask Him.”

Mark related/described the chain of events surrounding Jesus’ death.

Certain events transpired in bringing about the death of Salvation/Deliverance/Emancipation/Liberation.

When does Deliverance die?

5 assumptions ensuring the death of Deliverance.

With the death of Deliverance come Assumptions of...

Previously we found that...

With the death of Deliverance, come Assumptions of...

1. POWER(:1-5)

2. GAIN(:6-15)

3. CONTROL(:16-20)

4. CONDEMNATION(:21-25)

5. ASSIGNMENT / Category(:26-28)

6— With the death of Deliverance, come Assumptions of...

IMPOTENCE/Inability(:29-32)

Explanation:(:29-32) What I can do vs. What I do.

It is never IMPOTENCE when God acts contrary to our choosing, OR if a godly person acts contrary to popular opinion or even common sense.

:29—“And those who passed by blasphemed Him, wagging their heads & saying, “Aha! You who destroy the temple & build it in three days,”

:30—““save Yourself, & come down from the cross!””

:31—“Likewise the chief priests also, mocking among themselves with the scribes, said, “He saved others; Himself He cannot save.”

Their Assumption—“He cannot save.” It rightly follows that He cannot save others either. But their Assumption is false!

:32—““Let the Christ, the King of Israel, descend now from the cross, that we may see & believe.” Even those who were crucified with Him reviled Him.””

Jn. 10:14-15—““I am the good shepherd; & I know My sheep, & am known by My own. “As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; & I lay down My life for the sheep.”

Jn. 12:23-25—“But Jesus answered them, saying, “The hour has come that the Son of Man should be glorified. “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground & dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain. “He who loves his life will lose it, & he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.”

Argumentation:

Mk. 14:32-36—“Then they came to a place which was named Gethsemane; & He said to His disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” And He took Peter, James, & John with Him, & He began to be troubled & deeply distressed. Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here & watch.” He went a little farther, & fell on the ground, & prayed that if it were possible, the hour might pass from Him. And He said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for You. Take this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will.””

—That is NOT IMPOTENCE!

Acts 5:27-32—“Having brought the apostles, they made them appear before the Sanhedrin to be questioned by the high priest. “We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name,” he said. “Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching & are determined to make us guilty of this man’s blood.” Peter & the other apostles replied: “We must obey God rather than men! The God of our fathers raised Jesus from the dead--whom you had killed by hanging him on a tree. God exalted him to his own right hand as Prince & Saviour that he might give repentance & forgiveness of sins to Israel. We are witnesses of these things, & so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.””

—That is Strength.

Obedience to God is never IMPOTENCE, but is instead power!

‘The blood of the Martyrs is the seed of the Gospel’—Tertullian

1Cor. 6:7—“Now therefore, it is already an utter failure for you that you go to law against one another. Why do you not rather accept wrong? Why do you not rather let yourselves be cheated?”

Acts 20:20—““how I kept back nothing that was helpful, but proclaimed it to you, & taught you publicly & from house to house,”

Illustration:

Remora on Shark/Seems nonchalant/Does not mean you can Assume the shark's IMPOTENCE!

Application:

?Assumptions of IMPOTENCE destroyed your Deliverance?

?Is Deliverance dead with your Assumptions?

Believing the illusion that Christianity is IMPOTENT hurts others.

& Doesn’t impress God in the least.

You get baptized & member-ized to a Church in IMPOTENCE, Dare her to vitality, Just to prove her wrong, View her Pastor as IMPOTENT, her Ministries as IMPOTENT, & her future as IMPOTENT....

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