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Jesus, My Courageous Hero (9 of 10)
Series: Jesus, My Hero
Mark 14 & 15
INTRODUCTION: In her book "It's always something" Gilda Radner wrote that when she was little, her cousin "Dibby" had a dog, just a mutt, and the dog was pregnant. She was due to have her puppies in about a week. She was out in the yard one day and got in the way of the lawn mower, and her two hind legs got cut off. They rushed her to the vet and he said, "I can sew her up, or you can put her to sleep if you want, but the puppies are okay. She'll be able to deliver the puppies." Dibby said "Keep her alive." So the vet sewed up her backside and over the next week the dog learned to walk. She didn't spend any time worrying; she just learned to walk by taking two steps in the front and flipping up her backside, and then taking two steps and flipping up her backside again. She gave birth to six little puppies, all in perfect health. She nursed them and then weaned them. And when they learned to walk, they all walked like her.
In Luke 6:40 Jesus said that when a student is fully trained he will be like his teacher. We're supposed to be like Jesus in many ways, but not in all ways. For instance we can't walk on water, calm a raging storm with a word, or miraculously re-attach someone's severed ear back onto their head.
We ARE to be like Jesus, however, in the matter of the cross. Mark 8:34 "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me."
We're in a sermon series entitled "Jesus, My Hero" in which we're focusing on the heroic qualities of Jesus from the Gospel of Mark. Today I want to talk about Jesus our COURAGEOUS hero. It took tremendous courage for Jesus to take up his cross. That's a courage we need to understand and incorporate into our own lives as his disciples.
I. JESUS' PREDICTION REVEALS HIS EMOTIONAL COURAGE
Mark 14:18ff "While they were reclining at the table e ...
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