Summary: The purpose of this sermon is to motivate the HEARERS to display their dependence on the Father by coming to Jesus with EMPTY HANDS and TRUSTING hearts.
13 November 2005
Chaplain (MAJ) Ken Harris
CP Walker, Taegu South Korea
BIG IDEA: The hidden child in us all is to totally DEPEND on GOD’S GRACE in order to receive God’s kingdom.
REFERENCES: Exodus 20:14 – KJV (Thou shalt not commit adultery); Mark 10:1-12 KJV (Jesus’ Story of Marriage and Divorce); 1 Corinthians 13:11 KJV (When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things); Philippians 2:5 KJV - (Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus); Proverbs 22:6 KJV (Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it);
II. THE LARGER CONTEXT:
NOW, BEFORE WE BEGIN, ALLOW ME TO SHARE WITH YOU SOME HISTORICAL TRUES REGARDING THIS BOOK OF THE GOSPEL. For example, in The Book of Mark, we find the narrative of John Mark in scripted for believers that were being tortured (or martyr) and killed because of their faith and beliefs in Jesus Christ. In fact, during this particular time … Some Christians were being coated with tar, strung up and ignited as living torches in Rome.
Therefore Mark is writing (here) to fellow Believers … with the intent of giving them some spiritual support and guidance … in the midst of intense situational crisis.
III. THE SMALLER CONTEXT:
Now, while peeking through the eyes and ministry of John Mark, we find our Savior is now en route to Jerusalem, where He is to eventually be put to death.
But, prior to our scriptural reading for today, we are told in Mark 10:1-12 that Divorce reveals in public what has been going on in the privacy of a marriage: such as SELFISHNESS, STUBBORNESS, and ARROGANCE. In other words, ALTHOUGH there can be extenuating circumstances which requires and even mandate divorce; divorce (itself) for the most part in the Jewish Culture of the Bible (and in our American Culture today) is the result of a man or woman choosing not to be HUMBLE, SELFLESS, and MERCIFUL; or a man or woman choosing NOT TO BE FORGIVEN.
V. READ THE TEXT: Mark 10: 14-15 (But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and
said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me,
and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.
Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the
kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein).
VI. PURPOSE: To motivate the HEARERS to display their dependence on the Father by coming to Jesus with EMPTY HANDS and TRUSTING hearts.
VII. SERMONIC THEME: “The Hidden Child In ALL of Us”
INTRODUCTION: After our scriptural reading for today, John Mark shares with us (in Chapter 10:17-31) the MEANING AND REQUIREMENT OF “true discipleship,” through the story of “The Rich Young Ruler”.
You may recall, In the Story of The Rich Young Ruler, we are all reminded that position, rank, authority, influence, and power CAN prevent us from being RECEPTIVE to receiving Jesus Christ as our Savior. Instead, money, influence, position and power can cause us to be ARROGANT, SELFISH, STUBBORN and UNFORGIVING.
Therefore, weaved in the middle of the previous two stories of Marriage/Divorce, and The Meaning of Discipleship is our text in Mark 10:13-16: Jesus “Blessing The Children.
Historical research of our text, informs us that all through Jesus’ years on earth, and even among His professed disciples, there have been stern rebukes directed at those who would dare bring “little children to Jesus”.
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MOVE 1: For the Bible says … And they Were Bringing Children to Him, … and the Disciples Rebuked Them.
a. In fact, if you allow your imaginations to work with you, this afternoon, you can even see the IMPATIENT BODY LANGUAGE being displayed by the HOLY 12.
b. Even their gestures indicated that the CHILDREN WERE BEING A NUDSANCE and their presence weren’t welcome.
c. As a result, I can’t help for wondering how those children might have felt – encouraged by their parents, or siblings to GO TO JESUS for various reasons;
d. Only to be strongly restricted and REBUKED by those 12 HOLY PEOPLE that was often seen in CHURCH with Jesus.
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MOVE 2: As children, how confusing they must have felt. In their mind, before this incident, they must have thought that the disciples were just like Jesus.