Sunday, May 10, 2015


Sunday, May 10, 2015, Stoney Creek Sermonette: Number 47

(This is a series of sermonettes on The Gospel According To Mark. )

(Ed Cooper is an ordained Elder and minister in the Christian Church/Churches of Christ which are a part of the Restoration Movement started in Appalachia in the early 1800’s.  Ed started preaching as a teenager in the village churches around Mashoko Mission, Zimbabwe, Africa when he was there with his parents in the early 1960’s.)

SCRIPTURE for Today: Mark 10:32-34 King James Version (KJV)
32 And they were in the way going up to Jerusalem; and Jesus went before them: and they were amazed; and as they followed, they were afraid. And he took again the twelve, and began to tell them what things should happen unto him,
33 Saying, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be delivered unto the chief priests, and unto the scribes; and they shall condemn him to death, and shall deliver him to the Gentiles:
34 And they shall mock him, and shall scourge him, and shall spit upon him, and shall kill him: and the third day he shall rise again.
SERMON for Today:
The people following Jesus were amazed because they had already been told by him what was going to happen to him in Jerusalem yet he kept right on going towards the city where he faced the death he foretold.  They seemed to believe all the bad things that he said would happen, but I am not sure they heard a word about his resurrection.  To the people following him he was traveling to his death not to his new resurrected life.  

We seem to have some of the same problems understanding God’s plan today.  We see the death, burial and resurrection of Christ as a fire insurance policy to keep us out of hell rather than God’s plan to introduce Himself to all humankind so we might have a personal relationship with Him and walk with Him now.

Jesus said 25I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; 26 yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. 27 All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. 28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”  Matthew 11:25-30 ESV
Jesus is saying I came so your souls can have rest now.  Not in the bye and bye in the sky, but now in the hell we call living on earth.  Living with Jesus and like Jesus was and is the point of his coming and his sacrifice.  That is the Good news.  We can live with Him now and then for eternity too.

NEXT WEEK: The subject will be Jesus responds to the request made by two of His disciples.   Mark 10: 35-45

PRAYER for Today: Matthew 6:9-13 King James Version (KJV)
9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

© Ed Cooper, May 10, 2015, Stoney Creek, Tennessee
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