Summary: Part 7:The Great Commission - The death of John the Baptist, and how Jesus morned for him...yet, continued His ministry putting people before His own pain and grief.
The Great Commission
Part 7 – John the Baptist
Pastor Bruce A. Shields
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† The Sermon on the Mount.
† He and his Disciples and Apostles begin to travel from Galilee to Capernaum.
† Jesus heals the Centurion’s servant.
† He then has dinner in a Pharisees home where He was anointed by a sinful woman who had repented.
† Jesus then returns to Galilee preaching along the way.
† Jesus Calms the Storm.
† A Prophet without Honor in His hometown
† Jesus send out the Twelve
Mark 6: 14 – 16
14 King Herod heard about this, for Jesus’ name had become well known. Some were saying, "John the Baptist has been raised from the dead, and that is why miraculous powers are at work in him."
15 Others said, "He is Elijah."
And still others claimed, "He is a prophet, like one of the prophets of long ago."
16 But when Herod heard this, he said, "John, the man I beheaded, has been raised from the dead!"
I. Jesus’ name becomes well known
a. Some thought John the Baptist had been raised from the dead.
i. But it was Jesus really Jesus.
b. Some thought it was Elijah.
i. But it was Jesus.
c. Some thought He was a prophet, like one from long ago.
i. It had been over 400 years since Malachi.
d. Herod believed Jesus was John the Baptist raised from the dead.
We can see from the scriptures that Herod felt troubled, and had a guilty conscience for putting John to death.
But Herod was convinced that Jesus was John the Baptist brought back to life.
II. John the Baptist died serving God
a. Many have died serving the Lord.
There are many accounts of those who have died for serving the Lord.
Their message of God and His saving grace and love, caused their demise.
Millions of Christians died during the Crusades because they were considered enemies to the Pope.
b. Many die even today.
China has martyrs die daily.
Millions of Christians have been murdered in the Sudan, and Darfur, Sudan’s West Region.
c. Yet we are afraid to speak of the only name on which we are saved.
We are afraid…someone may laugh at me.
Someone may not like me any more.
Someone may make fun of me for my beliefs…
"If anyone would follow me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.”
Does this mean we must die a martyr to be saved? No.
It means that to be a Follower of Christ, you must deny yourself…
† Anything that starts with “I”
I want, I need, I think, I will…
Deny yourself and YOUR WILL.
Jesus says if YOU try to save your life, you are going to lose it.
But if you deny yourself “FOR CHRIST”, for His Names Sake, you will find “LIFE”
Denying yourself is humility.
BUT, it must be for Christ!
There are many humble people in the world who have sacrificed SELF for the greater good of others. This denying of self that was not done in the name of Christ, although helpful to others, still lead to eternal death.
There are many who live humbly, who give to the needy, who help those around the world.