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Series: Authentic Series – Jan 2016
Title: Authentically Christian – Not Far…
MK 12:28 One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”
29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
32 “Well said, teacher,” the man replied. “You are right in saying that God is one and there is no other but him. 33 To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.”
34 When Jesus saw that he had answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And from then on no one dared ask him any more questions.
Intro to Readings
Context – Holy Week – People have been asking Jesus challenging questions.
Close but not quite
– Comrades marathon
– Principal – Principle
The Pharisee is an interesting character – in a time where law was being expanded He recognised the value of the summary that Jesus offered. He might be regarded today with those who argue that love is at the centre of everything.
But Jesus comments that he is not far from the Kingdom of God.
But not far is not there.
The Pharisee is still missing something and it’s not something he can do.
It’s about being found – I once was lost, but now am found.
It’s about God stepping into our world to save us.
It’s about being rescued.
- Understand the Gospel
- Believe the Gospel
- Accept the Gospel
- Live the Gospel
Watch the Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBhI2HZeRX4
This is not for somebody down the street – this is for us.
Authentic Christians experience a relationship with the Lord who loves them.
- A sense of worship
When these are absent then faith is not real and they are not authentic