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Summary: Greatest wager of all time: JESUS risked the future destiny of all mankind on 12 men! He’s still gambling...on us!

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The Gambler

Mark 3:13-19

Mark 3:13-19

13 Jesus went up on a mountainside and called to him those he wanted, and they came to him.

14 He appointed twelve-- designating them apostles-- that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach

15 and to have authority to drive out demons.

16 These are the twelve he appointed: Simon (to whom he gave the name Peter);

17 James son of Zebedee and his brother John (to them he gave the name Boanerges, which means Sons of Thunder);

18 Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, Simon the Zealot

19 and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.

(NIV)

Who was the Greatest GAMBLER to ever place a bet?

JESUS CHRIST!

Greatest wager of all time:

JESUS risked the future destiny

of all mankind on 12 men!

What did Jesus call these men to do?

Mark 3:14-15

14 He appointed twelve-- designating them apostles-- that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach

15 and to have authority to drive out demons.

(NIV)

1) BE WITH HIM!

2) PREACH!

3) DRIVE OUT DEMONS!

Look at the men Jesus bet on:

Simon Peter - UNEDUCATED

James & John – HOT-HEADED BROTHERS

Andrew – DIDN’TWANT TO HURT ANYONE

Andrew learned to get beautiful music out of playing 2nd fiddle!

Phillip - CALCULATING

Nathaniel Bartholomew - QUESTIONING

He was so factual--so logical. He had heard about this Jesus--but he wouldn’t come to Him. He heard tell of the mystical stories of healings and miracles…but Jesus had to come to Nathaniel.

Matthew – TAX COLLECTOR, WORKED FOR ROME

Simon the Zealot – HATED ROME

Jesus chose Matthew, the Tax Collector, the self-centered money-lover, working for the Roman government, and Simon the Zealot, a political fanatic, who breathed bitterness toward everything Roman. Two complete opposites, two men committed to totally different political views. Can you imagine what life was like as these two travelled together?

Thomas - DOUBTED

James & Thaddeus - UNINFLUENTIAL

Judas Iscariot - TRAITOR

Would you stake YOUR salvation on them?

Acts 17:6

"These who have turned the world upside down have come here too”.

(NKJ)

Jesus bet on them because they had committed themselves to follow him.

A few centuries before Christ, Alexander the Great conquered almost all of the known world with his military strength, cleverness, and diplomacy. One day Alexander and a small company of soldiers approached a strongly defended, walled city. Alexander, standing outside the walls, raised his voice, demanding to see the king. The king, approaching the battlements above the invading army, agreed to hear Alexander’s demands.

“Surrender to me immediately,” commanded Alexander.

The king laughed. “Why should I surrender to you?” he called down. “We have you far outnumbered. You are no threat to us!”

Alexander was ready to answer the challenge. “Allow me to demonstrate why you should surrender,” he replied. Alexander ordered his men to line up single file and start marching. He marched them straight toward a sheer cliff that dropped hundreds of feet to rocks below.


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