"Meanderings in Mark"
Series on Mark, Lesson 39

The Road To The Cross

Read: Mark 10:32-45

Text: (Mark 10:45 KJV) For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

Theme: The only road to heaven is the road to the cross.


Introduction:

    1. He said He would be betrayed (delivered).
    2. Prophesied in (Psa 41:9 KJV) Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me.

      Fulfilled in (Mark 14:43 KJV) And immediately, while he yet spake, cometh Judas, one of the twelve, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders.

    3. He said He would be condemned.
    4. Prophesied in (Isa 53:8 KJV) He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.

      Fulfilled in (Mark 14:64 KJV) Ye have heard the blasphemy: what think ye? And they all condemned him to be guilty of death.

    5. He said He would be delivered to the Gentiles.
    6. Fulfilled in (Mark 15:1 KJV) And straightway in the morning the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council, and bound Jesus, and carried him away, and delivered him to Pilate.

    7. He said He would be mocked.
    8. Prophesied in (Psa 22:6-8 KJV) But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people. All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying, He trusted on the LORD that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him.

      Fulfilled in (Mark 15:18-19 KJV) And began to salute him, Hail, King of the Jews! And they smote him on the head with a reed, and did spit upon him, and bowing their knees worshipped him.

    9. He said He would be spit upon.
    10. Prophesied in (Isa 50:6 KJV) I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting.

      Fulfilled in (Mark 15:19 KJV) And they smote him on the head with a reed, and did spit upon him, and bowing their knees worshipped him.

    11. He said He would be scourged.
    12. Prophesied in (Isa 50:6 KJV) I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting.

      Fulfilled in (Mark 15:15 KJV) And so Pilate, willing to content the people, released Barabbas unto them, and delivered Jesus, when he had scourged him, to be crucified.

    13. He said He would be killed.
    14. Fulfilled in (Mark 15:25 KJV) And it was the third hour, and they crucified him.

    15. He said He would rise again.

Prophesied in (Psa 16:10 KJV) For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

Fulfilled in (Mark 16:6 KJV) And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him.

NOTE - This is the key verse to the gospel of Mark. It has taken us 39 messages to get to it, but this is it! Key verse!


I. The cross was HORRIBLE.

A. Some try to downplay it, because it is so horrible.

ILLUS. Some denominations have recently removed references to the blood from their hymnals.

B. But it IS horrible.

1. Death is horrible

2. Violent death is more horrible

ILLUS. Imagine Adam and Eve's horror at witnessing the first act of bloodshed and death.

ILLUS. Imagine the Jewish peoples' horror when they first witnessed the sacrificial system God wanted them to follow.

3. The cross is the most horrible of all.

QUOTE - "Crucifixion was preceded by scourging with thongs, to which were sometimes added nails, pieces of bone, etc., to heighten the pain, often so intense as to cause death. The place of execution was outside the city; arrived there, the condemned was stripped of his clothes, which became the prerequisite of the soldiers; and the cross having been previously erected he was drawn up and made fast to it with cords or nails, although sometimes he was fastened to the cross, which was afterward raised. The limbs of the victim were generally three or four feet from the earth. … the sufferer was left to die of sheer exhaustion, and… it might take days to accomplish the process. Instances are on record of persons surviving for nine days. Fracture of the legs was resorted to by the Jews to hasten death. In most cases the body was suffered to rot on the cross by the action of the sun and rain or to be devoured by birds and beasts." Ungers Bible Dictionary

II. The cross was NECESSARY.

QUOTE - (Ted Turner) "He needn't have bothered…" (But He did need to! It was the only way!)

(John 3:14 KJV) And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:

(John 12:24 KJV) Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.

A. Because the only remedy for sin is DEATH!

(Gen 2:17 KJV) But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

(Ezek 18:4 KJV) Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.

(Rom 6:23 KJV) For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

(Heb 9:22 KJV) And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.

ILLUS. Adam and Eve's attempt at covering up, only to be replaced with the DEATH of an innocent.

B. Because YOU could not pay the debt!

It would require that you DIE and go to hell forever and ever to pay for your own sins.

ILLUS. A bank had a sign in its window which read, "Now you can borrow enough to get completely out of debt!" Think about that one. It is a perfect illustration of your plight… how can you ever repay the debt of your own sin?

SONG - . "Upon that cross of Jesus mine eye at times can see, the very dying form of One Who suffered there for me; And from my smitten heart with tears Two wonders I confess - The wonders of His glorious love, and my own worthlessness."

III. The cross was VOLUNTARY. (vs. 32)

A. He was DETERMINED to die for you.

(His death was no accident.)

(Remember His purpose - vs. 45)

B. He went ALONE to die for you.

"… and Jesus went before them…" (vs. 32)

Cf. Mark 14:50 - forsaken by men.

Cf. Mark 15:34 - forsaken by God.

C. He went VOLUNTARILY to die for you.

(John 10:18 KJV) No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.

(Mark 15:23 KJV) And they gave him to drink wine mingled with myrrh: but he received it not. (because He wanted to CONSCIOUSLY and FULLY pay the price.)


Conclusion:

On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,
The emblem of suff'ring and shame;
And I love that old cross where the dearest and best
For a world of lost sinners was slain.

O that old rugged cross, so despised by the world,
Has a wondrous attraction for me;
For the dear Lamb of God left His glory above
To bear it to dark Calvary.

(Mark 10:45 KJV) For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

The road to the cross is the only road that leads to heaven. Have you been to the cross?


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