Updated 3 June 2020
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- Mark 10 - The Rich Young Ruler
- Mark 9 - The Transfiguration
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This chapter makes significant comments regarding the necessity to embrace and guard the salvation that is offered to us in Christ. This salvation is all about Jesus Christ - who he is and what he has done for us. The ultimate blessing of salvation is that Jesus has destroyed Satan and death. We cannot ask for more than to receive the benefits that Jesus offers through his sacrifice on our behalf!
Give Careful Attention
It is easy to refuse the incredible offer of salvation that God offers and to ignore the inevitable judgement that happens when we fail to receive that salvation. The writer wants us to have no doubts about the severity of our situation, if we fail to accept the escape from sin’s consequences that Christ offers us.
The salvation that God offers, was prophesied by the Old Testament prophets and was made clear in the life and teachings of Jesus. The authenticity of Jesus was underlined by the miracles, signs and wonders that accompanied his teaching. When we look at the ministry of Jesus, his major focus was to teach the word of God. However, out of compassion, Jesus so often followed times of teaching with extraordinary ministry to the sick and the demonised.
The Position of Jesus
Jesus is truly man and truly God. When we look at Jesus, we perceive his humanity and we see someone in a body of flesh, with the same limitations that we have in the flesh. Jesus grew tired. He got thirsty and hungry. The most powerful thing that Jesus did in becoming man was that he was willing to taste death! The Father allowed this to happen because, for Jesus to be our Saviour, he needed to be tested just as we are.
Although Jesus is God, he is able to fully identify with us in our humanity, and by suffering and dying for us, he creates the ability to have a relationship with us as brothers.
Jesus Conquers Death
Satan has brought death into the world, which is the worst possible curse upon humankind. The power of death causes fear and bondage. Without Christ, there is no escape. To bring us freedom from the slavery of death, Jesus was willing to die. His sacrifice means that our sins can be atoned for, the punishment that we deserve has been taken and the devil’s power is totally broken! We rejoice that we have a Saviour who really understands us and is able to help us overcome sin and its awful consequences.
Points to Consider:
- Are we truly aware of the absolute necessity to receive and guard the salvation that God has made available for us?
- Do we present the Gospel in a way that is provocative and challenging but also sensitive and effective?
- Do we focus on sharing the word of God and then be grateful for any signs that follow or are we too focused upon miracles, whilst neglecting the priority of teaching the word of God?
- Jesus has the unique position of being truly man but also truly God. Do we present this clearly?
- Consider the way that Jesus has destroyed the power of death. How real is that truth in your life?
- Are we enjoying fellowship with Jesus, the one who understands us more than anyone else?
God bless you!
Bible Study: Hebrews 2
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