Mark Has Some Good News, Part 39, Eloi Eloi

Mark 9:

Temptations to Sin

42 "Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea. 43 And if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than with two hands to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire. 45 And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame than with two feet to be thrown into hell. 47 And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into hell, 48 'where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.' 49 For everyone will be salted with fire. 50 Salt is good, but if the salt has lost its saltiness, how will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another."

Here's another one of those bible verses that would be great as a ministry life verse. Could you imagine what taking this part literally would look like in seminary or Bible College.

"Good luck with your new youth ministry son and know that if you fail and one of your kids sin because you told them to there will be a 100lb rock waiting for you beside our swimming pool.

I mean come on, this is Jesus saying this!

It puts into perspective that sin has no age limit. Jesus was acutely aware of all the sins of the world as he would be hanging on a cross for them in few more chapters. And apart from his atonement he knew what it took to live radically against the grain of the worlds sinful intentions.

This verse show us the need for atonement and how that need is married to a creator God. That while he is full of love for his creation. He still hates sin. It's a misconception these days that God loves the sinner but hates the sin and it's just not true. That line comes from Ghandi not Jesus. Jesus shows us that God hates the sinner and the sin, you don't drown someone you love. You don't send someone you love to be beat, scourged, and crucified. Jesus would go to the cross bearing the hatred and punishment God had for all of our sins. Make no mistake when we choose to wrong God and do so with children we make God angry. And if not for Jesus we would be better off dead.

But it's through that punishment that Jesus took for us that we as salt can become salty again. We may have lost all credibility and standing because of our sin and the sin we have committed against others or had other commit with us, Jesus washes us clean and makes us useful again. To change the world for his sake.