Notes On Mark’s Gospel (73)

“On Your Mark”

The way, the truth and the life!
The way, the truth and the life!

What You Sow is What You Get (Chapter 8 Verses 34-38)

To be ashamed of Jesus is to prefer the world and its honours (v38). Note how Jesus describes his own day, adulterous and sinful, what does he think of our generation? Israel was betrothed to God, in a covenant relationship, to which they had been unfaithful, they had broken their marriage vows, spiritual adultery, apostasy. But then so to is the United Kingdom, a nation once covenanted to God. And now in the same state of apostasy. Apostasy in the nation, yes, but apostasy which began in the Church, the same covenant unfaithfulness (James 4.4), to go chasing the world instead of faithfully following Jesus (1John 2.15-17). It is here termed as sinful by Jesus, not some temperamental weakness, sin. Sin has only one cure, one remedy for anyone, whether Christian or otherwise, it is the same. First, repentance of that sin (Matthew 3.8; Luke 5.32; Acts 3.19). Second, faith in Jesus Christ (Mark 11.22; Luke 7.50; Acts 15.9). This only brings spiritual refreshment and heart cleansing and renewal (1John 1.7; 2Chronicles 7.14). The world of course does not call it sin, it is what is fashionable, if it is popular, what the people want, that makes it right. No, not in God’s sight it does not, with God sin is always sin and it separates us from him (Isaiah 59.2).

The applause of the crowd, your popularity, says Jesus, will be short-lived (v38b). He, Jesus, the Son of Man, will dispense to everyone their just deserts (Mark 16.27). You are ashamed of Jesus, he will be ashamed of you. The one produces the other, you reap what you sow (Galatians 6.7-8), inevitably, the law of the harvest. Of course at this time many do not think much of Jesus, I mean walking the face of the earth just like any other man, no different now, he is just a historical figure, a man. But when he comes in all that glory, well it will be a bit different then. Everyone will see him, everyone will know him (Zechariah 12.10), not one person will ask, who is this? No not in a manger, not in a stinking, smelly cattle shed, not wrapped in a shawl. But in all his majesty and glory, in all his power, brilliance, holiness and power, every Divine attribute glistening, and all his holy angels around him (2Thessalonians 1 7-9). There will not be one single Christ-rejecting sinner standing before him, their hearts will melt with fear at the very sight of his holy presence, on their faces before him crying for something, someone to hide them from that awful presence (Revelation 6.16). Too, too late, there will be no hiding place then. Now, today, not tomorrow, not next year! Now, is the day of God’s grace and favour (2Corinthians 6.1-2). Turn to him, now!

(© James R Hamilton, written September, 1996)

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