by Jerry Watts

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You Are Wrong (55 of 70)
Series: Mark - God's Message for Today
Jerry Watts
Mark 12:18-27

With a message title like this you know that many people will be defensive because no one likes to be told that they are wrong. In fact, most of the time to say words like you are wrong will invoke the ire of the one to whom you are speaking.

Presently I'm reading a book, recommended in a sermon by Dr. Daniel Simmons, that's entitled "Crucial Conversations". Part of the reason that governments, clubs, and even churches get in such a mess is because most people do not have a clue about how to how a "Crucial Conversation." Because this ability is not known we choose the fight or flight philosophy.

But let's get back to the story. When you are the Lord of creation you can, with some certainty say "you are wrong." This is exactly what Jesus did to the Sadducees. He knew what they believed, He knew what they stood for, what their motivations were, and that they were indeed out of line in God's economy. So Jesus did to them what he does to all of us, He gave them the truth to attempt to bring them to the Father (which is always his desire, this is why He came. This is why in just a few days he will die and why He will rise from the dead.)

Let's take a look at this story, let's divide it into sections, and let's just see if anything in this experience applies to us. For the sake of context let me remind you that in chapter 11 in verse 27 Jesus came back into the temple. At that point He was challenged by the Sanhedrin. After his encounter with the Sanhedrin, he was challenged by the Pharisees and the Herodians, and now He is challenged by the Sadducees. All of this takes place within the confines of the temple.

Mark does a good job of reminding us about the beliefs of the Sadducees, when he says they don't believe in a resurrection. From this point forward, we can know that the motivation of the Sadducees were to trap Jesus and get him to say something that would ...

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