Jesus instructed His disciples to have faith and pray, believing their prayers would be answered. Alistair Begg reminds us to examine these verses in light of the rest of Scripture and to focus on the object of our faith, not faith itself. We must believe God can do the impossible, while at the same time accepting His divine purposes.
23Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. 24Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received3 it, and it will be yours. 25And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”4
The stories Jesus told described a King and a Kingdom unlike any other. Jesus’ words challenged His hearers to consider the magnitude of their sin and the depth of mercy that they could never deserve. Like those in Jesus’ day, we too are prone to misunderstand how these stories testify to the realities of Christ’s Kingdom. In a culture that is reluctant to embrace absolute truth, it can be convenient to marginalize who Jesus is and why He came to earth. Like the rich young ruler, we may consider ourselves to be moral people with no need for a Savior. We may never have been struck by the weight and gravity of God’s coming judgment, driving us to consider our need for mercy. In this series of messages from the Gospel of Mark, Alistair Begg shows us the necessity of knowing Christ as a gracious Savior, an eternal King, and the One who will ultimately judge the world in righteousness.
|How Does God's Kingdom Grow?||Mark 4:1-12|
|The Seed and the Soils||Mark 4:1-20|
|Careful Listening||Mark 4:21-25|
|The Kingdom of God||Mark 4:26-34|
|One Thing You Lack||Mark 10:17-22|
|Lessons From the Fig Tree, Part One||Mark 11:12-14 Mark 11:20-25|
|Lessons From the Fig Tree, Part Two||Mark 11:23-25|
|"This is About Us!"||Mark 12:1-12|
|The Coming of the Son of Man||Mark 13:24-31|
|A Wake-Up Call!||Mark 13:32-37|