MARK: The Gospel for Stressful Times
The People Jesus Saves
The Jesus who saves and the people who benefit from his salvation, like Bartimaeus (a sermon on applying the offer of salvation).
The saving of human beings from eternal death and separation from God forever by Christ’s death and resurrection.
2 Cor. 5:21 He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
Titus 3:5 He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
Acts 16:31“Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.”
Phil 3:9 and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith.
1. Those Jesus saves actually reach out to Jesus and not some generic religious experience.
“Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me” (47)
And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)
2. Those Jesus saves persist in spite of many obstacles and hindrances.
“Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet” (48)
If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple. Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. (Lk. 14:26-27)
3. Those Jesus saves recognize the urgency of salvation.
“Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus” (50)
The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost (Rev. 22:17)
4. Those Jesus saves follow Jesus.
“He received his sight and followed Jesus along the road” (52)
Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. (Matt. 7:21)