Love That NEVER Gives Up
Mark 10: 32-12:11
Think of the people you find most difficult to love.
Consider the situations in which it is most painful to be a loving person.
* What are your honest feelings about these people?
* Do you ever want to give up?
* Have you ever wanted to wash your hands of them and turn on your heals and walk away from the responsibility of loving?
* Is the cost ever too high and the demands too great?
* Are you tempted to say: I've tried my best, I've done all I can, Given all I have got, I give up.
If we have honestly answered these questions, we are now in touch with reality.
Life as it really is, not the illusion we often pretend.
Now we can go to Jerusalem with Jesus.
Jerusalem was reality for Him.
It was the frowning fortress of the enemies, the center of resistance, the nemesis of impossible people and difficult situations.
We can learn from Him the excruciating dimensions of true love.
This is the reason I have combined the last portion of Mark chapter 10, all of chapter 11 and the first portion of chapter 12.
Here is love moving into confrontation and conflict.
It is raw faith that God would some how have the final word, the ultimate victory, and the eternal vindication.
We too, all of us have our Jerusalem's.
It is that person, that problem, that perplexity that we would rather not fix.
It is the realm of resistance, of hostility, of conflict.
He comes along aside us, He says, "I will go to Jerusalem with you. We will face it together, as I faced mine long ago."
Now we can understand the scripture in Mark 10:32
32 Now they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was going before them; and they were amazed. And as they followed they were afraid. Then He took the twelve aside again and began to tell them the things that would happen to Him:(NKJ)
He is out ahead of us now, beckoning us onto our Jerusalem.
Here are the people, the problem ...
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