This is a very unique portion of Scripture. It is full of graphic terminology, dramatic acts, severe warnings and rather violent threats. It really is a passage about radical discipleship and the language bears testimony to that. It calls for radical behaviors. And it shows us just how radical it is to be a true disciple of Jesus Christ.
What does it mean to a radical disciple?
Radical discipleship. Radical salvation. They go hand in hand. Our separation from God as a result of sin is not something that is easily wiped away. God's plan to save us from the punishment of sin was totally radical in every sense. God chose to send His son....as a baby...to live in an imperfect world...as a perfect son of God and then be crucified for my sin and your sin and everyone's sin so that we can live in Heaven....it actually is radical and unbelievable. This warrants a radical following. We need to make sure that we are leading others to Christ by our words and actions and not leading others to sin and against what God has ordained.
We are human. We all fall short and we all have sinned and most likely participated in one of the above ways of causing others to sin too. Thankfully, God gives his grace in abundance to those who repent. That is truly radical.
Tomorrow's scripture focus: Mark 10:1-12