Tuesday, December 6, 2011

A Tragic Man


Mark 10:17-22

He was a rich man.

And he lived a clean and moral life.

But he was unhappy.

He wanted peace with God.

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He came quickly to the Lord Jesus Christ.

He fell down on his knees and cried.

He was not ready to die.

He needed eternal life.

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He came to the Lord Jesus Christ.

He came to the right Person.

Only the Lord Jesus Christ could save him.

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He came to the Lord Jesus Christ.

He came in the right way.

He came running.

It was very urgent.

He came kneeling.

The Lord Jesus is worthy.

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He came to the Lord Jesus Christ.

He came with the right purpose.

He wanted to know the way to Heaven.

It was the most important thing in his life.

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He came to the Lord Jesus Christ.

He came at the right time.

He came when the Lord Jesus Christ was passing by.


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But....

There were several things that he got terribly wrong.

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He thought salvation can be earned.

He wanted to earned salvation.

He wanted to earn eternal life for himself.

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He thought salvation is a reward.

He thought if he did enough good things, God would reward it to him.

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This man was a tragic man.

He needed help!

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The Lord Jesus confronted him regarding the Person of the Savior.

He told him that Jesus Christ isn’t just a good teacher.

He is God in the flesh.

Before he could be saved, he must recognize Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6)!

He is his only hope for salvation!

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The Lord Jesus confronted him regarding the problem of sin.

He told him, “No one is good—except God alone.”

He was trying to get him to see that he was a sinner.

And as a sinner he stood guilty before God.

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The Lord Jesus wanted him to see that he was morally and spiritually bankrupt.

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But the man was unable to understand what the Lord Jesus said.

When he responded to the Lord Jesus Christ, he declared that he had kept the Law and had not broken it.

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The Lord Jesus Christ loved this man regardless of his sins, and his improper understanding of the things of God.

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Patiently, He told him how to be saved.

He told him to sell his possessions and give the money to the poor.

He wanted him to give up everything.

He wanted him to take up the cross.

He wanted him to follow Him!

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The Lord Jesus Christ wanted him to turn his back on power, prestige, position, and possessions, and then carry his cross and follow Him.

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But this man chose his possessions over the Lord Jesus Christ!

He loved his money more than he wanted to be saved.

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His face fell.

He went away sad.

He was a tragic man.

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The Lord Jesus summed up his dilemma with these words, “One thing you lack.”

This man had everything.

But he lacked the Lord Jesus Christ!

And he was not willing to give up everything for the sake of the Lord Jesus Christ.

And he went away sad.

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Here was a tragic man.

Does it describe you?

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