Monday, September 8, 2014
Monday, September 8-by Pamela
Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Colossians 1, Proverbs 8, Isaiah 17-18
Today's scripture focus is Mark 3:1-6
Tomorrow's scripture focus: Mark 3:7-12
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage passage: Colossians 2, Proverbs 9, Isaiah 19-20
Why would the claim so infuriate the leaders of Israel? Why would it drive them to want Him dead? And wasn't the good news good news? Wasn't it good news that the spiritually blind could receive spiritual sight, the spiritually dead could receive spiritual life, the spiritually oppressed could receive spiritual liberation? Wasn't it good news that the Kingdom of God was open to all who would repent and believe?
It should have been good news but there was a tremendous barrier to that because the message of Jesus was that this salvation which He offered was not available by human works. You couldn't earn it. You couldn't merit it. You couldn't deserve it. You couldn't achieve it. No matter how many morally good things you did, and morally bad things you avoided, how many rituals you performed, or how many ceremonies you observed, this salvation was apart from works, apart from merit, apart from worthiness, apart from human achievement by grace through faith. And in their religion, spiritual pride reigned. You earned your spiritual status. Jesus said, “That won't do it. You need to humble yourself, confess your unworthiness and repent of your sin.”In essence, His message was in complete, direct opposition to the apostate Judaism that dominated the nation and was pervade by the religious leaders, namely the Pharisees and scribes. It was for this they hated Him. They hated His theology. They hated the fact that He attacked them at the point of their spiritual pride. It's an age-old story, folks, but the more religious people are and the more proud they are of their religion, the more proud they are of their spiritual achievement, the more proud they are of their accomplishment religiously, the more resistant they are to the gospel of grace. That's why the people that responded to Jesus were the tax collectors, prostitutes, criminals, low-lifes who had no spiritual pride, who were not allowed to go to the synagogue, who were not allowed to go to the temple, who were the outcasts, the unsynagogued, they had no pride to hold on to. They came to Jesus."You couldn't earn it. You couldn't merit it. You couldn't deserve it. You couldn't achieve it."