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Claims of the Cross

The man in this portion in Mark came to Jesus, calling Him “Good Master.” He desired to relate humanly to Christ and to communicate with Him in terms of goodness. But Christ did not want this man to be deceived, so He ministered to him the Cross and did not even claim His own goodness, which was derived from God’s righteousness. Christ ministered God’s will to this man; implying that he should go to Calvary. The result did not look promising by sight. The words of Christ made the man sad, and he went away grieved.

The Word of God does not deal sentimentally with people so that they will feel good without the experience of the Cross. It draws people in love, but it never withdraws when it comes to Calvary. God will sometimes press you into what you do not measure up to in faith. Measuring up is only living in a Person whose standard of life is accepted by God and given to you by grace.

People must rid themselves of the idea that Jesus always made people happy. It is not so. Here, for example, His Word made the man very sad. Many people use the Word sentimentally. They fear they will offend people if they preach the Word in the fullness of its message. Jesus did not fear. The Word He preached caused many of His disciples to walk with Him no more ( John 6:66). Christ knew, and so do many who love the Word and are not offended by its content, that it is only by being sanctified in Truth and baptized into death can we bring forth life.

Carl H. Stevens

Carl H. Stevens

(1929-2008) pastored and established thriving churches and Bible colleges in Maine, Massachusetts, and Maryland. He also helped pioneer Christian talk radio through Telephone Time and the Grace Hour and authored nearly 500 books and booklets. See also the Carl H Stevens Memorial Site
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