Journey to the Cross
The Greatest Commandment
March 24, 2019
- Today is Upward Vision Sunday.
- Today we are going to ask you to do something very specific in regard to Upward as we talk about our vision for Upward…
- We are four weeks from Easter Sunday.
- On Sunday mornings leading up to Easter, we are going on a journey to the cross.
- We are taking a look at Jesus’s journey to the cross as we look at some of the places he went and the people with whom he interacted in these final days before his arrest and crucifixion.
- I pray that in a very real sense we also will “journey to the cross” to find and remember the difference Jesus makes to us.
- Keep using “The Easter Code” devotionals
- Read through the gospels and focus on these final days as Jesus made his journey to the cross.
- As we prepare ourselves for Easter, let’s invite others to go on this journey with us.
- Invite others to join you here on Easter Sunday.
- Share your faith and invite someone to begin their journey with Jesus. Tell them…
“Jesus journeyed to the cross to give his life; we journey to the cross to find life!”
[Read Mark 12:28-34]
- The trap
- A trick question: Which commandment is the greatest?
- Matthew 22:35 – “And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him.”
- Mark 12:34b – “After that no one dared to ask him any more questions.”
- Would Jesus disregard a part of God’s law?
- Could the religious leaders catch him in “law-breaking?”
- Jesus defined the very heart of the whole Law: Love.
[Deut. 6:4-5 ESV] 4 "Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. 5 You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.
[Lev. 19:18 ESV] 18 You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD.
- Mark 12:31b – “There is no other commandment greater than these.”
- What God wants most
- Love: It’s the greatest commandment we have from God
- Love God; love your neighbor
- All the commands hang to these priorities.
[Matt. 22:40 ESV] 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets."
- What God wants most from us is love.
- Love is our first priority.
- Love is commitment
- Love is action
- Love is our first priority.
- Emptiness in motion
- Every other act of “obedience” is empty if we do not love God first.
- To love God and love our neighbor is worth more than all offerings and sacrifices (Mark 12:32-33).
- “You are not far…”
- Mark 12:34 ESV
“And when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, "You are not far from the kingdom of God." And after that no one dared to ask him any more questions.”
- Jesus did not say: “You got it!” or “Welcome to the family!” or “That’s what I’m talking about!”
- He said, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.”
- Knowing the Scripture is not the same as loving God or following Jesus.
- If we fail to love God and love others, then nothing else we do matters.
- Loving God and loving our neighbor…
- This is at the heart of all the Word of God.
- This brings us close to the kingdom of God.
- Will we choose to obey the greatest commandments God has given?
- Today, we want to give you a very specific way to love your neighbor…
- Chris, Becca
- Will we ask God to teach us to love Him and love our neighbor?
- Prayer at the altar for each name, each family we will contact this week.