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The 68th message in Tapestry's series on the Gospel According to Mark. Mark 12:1-12. When we read the Bible we need to constantly tell ourselves, "it is talking about me."
Jesus once again shows that not only is He the King, but that He actually does have the authority to bring the Kingdom He's claiming to bring.
Paul, against all advice from friends and loved ones, follows God's direction back to Jerusalem. He is falsely accused and arrested by the Jews in the city, and has the opportunity to present his story to both the crowd and the Sanhedrin. Through God's encouragement, Paul continues to witness.
You don’t have to look very far into the Church world to see that there are groups that significantly disagree on theology. Some groups disagree on small, nuanced, theological positions. Other groups have massively differing positions on theology. Have you ever wondered how this can happen? How can one group be wrong? That is usually the case – one group is wrong. If the disputed positions are mutually exclusive (there is a hell or there isn’t; Jesus is the Messiah or isn’t he; there is one God or are there many; etc.), then someone is wrong. Jesus taught that you can get theology wrong. He told the Sadducees that not only were they wrong but that they were quite wrong. Jesus did something very helpful for us in this passage. He showed where the Sadducees theology was wrong but then he also told them how they made their error. They made an error in their theology because they neither knew the scriptures nor the power of God. This is immensely important for us today because people are still making errors in their theology. You do not have to do much research to find people coming up with all sorts of crazy ideas and their fundamental problem is that they do not know the scriptures or the power of God. In our study of this passage, we will talk about some very practical ways we can protect ourselves from making theological errors.
There is a grave danger when we make errors about the world that we live within. The Sadducees were very confident in what they believed but that did not make them right. There are a variety of beliefs about what happens to us when we did. The Sadducees believed that nothing happens to us when we die. That is a belief that has huge consequences to it. What a person believes about what happens to them when they die has eternal consequences according to Jesus. Jesus was very clear that there is an afterlife. Jesus was very clear that people still exist when they die and that there will one day be a resurrection. If you don’t believe that, you should. If you do believe that, do you live with an eternal perspective?
Politics and Theology - two dinner conversation no-no's wrapped into one message, with a little partisan wrangling thrown in for good measure.
In this third and final round of conflict, Jesus meets the head of the religious elite: the Sadducees. As they confront Jesus about the resurrection, we see the problems with living for today, the hope of living for tomorrow, and how the future is the key to making a difference in the present.