Greatness by David Cawston

Greatness
David Cawston
Mark 9:30-50

Introduction
How would you define a great person?

The remarkable thing I discern about each of us, is that we would all like to be known for or at least remembered as a great person.

That means different things to each of us.
But we are all alike in that underneath the surface, we all have an image of greatness and for us we are trying desperately to move towards that goal.

Greatness for us is a combination of
* our values,
* our hopes,
* our expectations
* and our deepest longings.

But we judge our ideas of greatness in the light of the scripture and Jesus.

And we are to allow Him to show us how to become a great person.

Jesus' disciples had a hard time with greatness.

They could not get it into their heads or their hearts what He was talking about when it came to the kingdom He came to establish.

The only question, which troubled them, was which position would each of them have.
* He wasn't concerned about position.
* He was concerned about quality.
For the kingdom of heaven came to their heart not to their status.

The remaining verses of this chapter spin around this subject of greatness.

Let us look at Jesus' teachings and gather a clear picture that Mark has given us here on, how to become a great person.

There are ten signs of Greatness:
1. A great person has a deep confidence.
Verses 30-32
30 Then they departed from there and passed through Galilee, and He did not want anyone to know it.
31 For He taught His disciples and said to them, "The Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of men, and they will kill Him. And after He is killed, He will rise the third day."
32 But they did not understand this saying, and were afraid to ask Him.
(NKJ)

You see it expressed when He says, "The Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of men, and they will kill Him. And after He is killed, He will rise the third day."

The Greek word, which translates the word delivered ...


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