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Here we are at the first Sunday in the New Year of 2022. And often we pledge to make a new start to have a better and more fulfilling life than what we had this past year. And there is nothing wrong in desiring that. But the difference in desire and obtaining a more fulfilling life depends on what we believe.
The source of truth, that which a person believes, makes all the difference in obtaining instead of just desiring a better life. So the question this morning is simply this,
What Do You Believe?
What is your source for Truth?
Is your source the internet, facebook, friends, family, the news or is it fact that is found in the Word of God?
I want us to get back to the Gospel According to Mark and continue our study of the life of Christ and His teachings of how we can live a better and more fulfilling life in 2022!
Text; Mark 10:32-34
Mark 10:32–34 NKJV
32 Now they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was going before them; and they were amazed. And as they followed they were afraid. Then He took the twelve aside again and began to tell them the things that would happen to Him: 33 “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and to the scribes; and they will condemn Him to death and deliver Him to the Gentiles; 34 and they will mock Him, and scourge Him, and spit on Him, and kill Him. And the third day He will rise again.”
You might ask the question, “What does this scripture have to do with what we believe?” or “What is our source for truth?”
We already know this and believe this! I’m saved, go to church and love the LORD!
This may be true, but is the Word of God your source for truth?
Remember Jesus is on His way to Jerusalem for the last time. Jesus is walking ahead of the crowd and his disciples at a faster pace than usual. He is walking with great conviction and courage, willing to His death. And his disciples knew this. This is the third time Jesus has spoken of His death and resurrection.
Mark 8:31 NKJV
31 And He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.
Mark 9:31 NKJV
31 For He taught His disciples and said to them, “The Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of men, and they will kill Him. And after He is killed, He will rise the third day.”
Each time Jesus has given a detailed description of his coming death and resurrection, yet the disciples still are not understanding and trusting, having doubt it will happen as Jesus has said. In the same fashion, we may believe what this scripture says for salvation but we don’t fully trust the Bible for our daily guidance for a better life!
You can believe the Word of God to be the only source for truth, then and now!

1. The Accuracy of the Scriptures;

Each time Jesus explained to His disciples His impending suffering, death and resurrection, he was preparing the disciples that He would fulfill all the prophesies concerning Him in the Old Testament. And for them to have prior knowledge of these things would assure them God was in complete control when these things came to pass.
Luke 2:34–35 NKJV
34 Then Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary His mother, “Behold, this Child is destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign which will be spoken against 35 (yes, a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”
Betrayed- handed over, delivered through disloyalty
Judas betrayed Christ to the Jewish authorities for thirty pieces of silver, just as the Scriptures predicted.
Zechariah 11:12–13 NKJV
12 Then I said to them, “If it is agreeable to you, give me my wages; and if not, refrain.” So they weighed out for my wages thirty pieces of silver. 13 And the Lord said to me, “Throw it to the potter”—that princely price they set on me. So I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw them into the house of the Lord for the potter.
Judas also pointed out Jesus to His captors with a kiss.
Luke 22:47–48 NKJV
47 And while He was still speaking, behold, a multitude; and he who was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them and drew near to Jesus to kiss Him. 48 But Jesus said to him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?”
The scriptures predicted the Messiah would be betrayed by a friend.
Psalm 41:9 NKJV
9 Even my own familiar friend in whom I trusted, Who ate my bread, Has lifted up his heel against me.
Condemned to Death- Jesus would be falsely condemned by men, to death, that He might fulfill the scriptures concerning Him “for He will save His people from their sins.”
Let me remind you that the cross and the death of Jesus were not some unfortunate accident. The death of Jesus on the cross was not “Plan B”. The death of Jesus was planned long before this world was ever created,
1 Peter 1:19–20 NKJV
19 but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. 20 He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you
The death of Christ was an excruciating death with much suffering, mocking, rejection and ridicule in the process. Even the cross Jesus died upon was an unknown thing to the Jews, especially when His death was prophesied of in the OT.
Psalm 22 is one of the greatest pictures of the coming death of the Messiah in the Old Testament apart from Isaiah 53.
The psalm opens with the words our Lord spoke on the cross, “My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?” (v. 1; cf. Matt. 27:46).
Psalm 22:1 NKJV
1 My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me? Why are You so far from helping Me, And from the words of My groaning?
Verses 6–8 predict the scorn and mockery heaped on Jesus by His enemies: [v.6-8, cf. Luke 23:35-39]
Psalm 22:6–8 NKJV
6 But I am a worm, and no man; A reproach of men, and despised by the people. 7 All those who see Me ridicule Me; They shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying, 8 “He trusted in the Lord, let Him rescue Him; Let Him deliver Him, since He delights in Him!”
Verse 16 is an obvious reference to the Roman crucifixion. [cf. all four Gospels]
Psalm 22:16 NKJV
16 For dogs have surrounded Me; The congregation of the wicked has enclosed Me. They pierced My hands and My feet;
Verses 14–17 describe the physical suffering the Lord endured on the cross: [cf. all four Gospels]
Psalm 22:14–17 NKJV
14 I am poured out like water, And all My bones are out of joint; My heart is like wax; It has melted within Me. 15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd, And My tongue clings to My jaws; You have brought Me to the dust of death. 16 For dogs have surrounded Me; The congregation of the wicked has enclosed Me. They pierced My hands and My feet; 17 I can count all My bones. They look and stare at Me.
Verse 18 accurately records the detail that His executioners would divide up Jesus’ garments: (v. 18; cf. Luke 23:34).
Psalm 22:18 NKJV
18 They divide My garments among them, And for My clothing they cast lots.
Rise again the third day- from death to life again, RESURRECTION! Although Jesus detailed his death, He also detailed His resurrection! Jesus’ resurrection was also prophesied in the OT.
Psalm 16:10 NKJV
10 For You will not leave my soul in Sheol, Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption.
Psalm 110:1 NKJV
1 The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool.”
Job 19:25–26 NKJV
25 For I know that my Redeemer lives, And He shall stand at last on the earth; 26 And after my skin is destroyed, this I know, That in my flesh I shall see God,
Matthew 12:40 NKJV
40 For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
Hebrews 11:17–19 NKJV
17 By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, 18 of whom it was said, “In Isaac your seed shall be called,” 19 concluding that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which he also received him in a figurative sense.
Revelation 1:18 NKJV
18 I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.
Jesus accurately fulfilled the Scriptures concerning Him in every way. And if we believe that about His death, burial and resurrection, then we should seek the Scriptures for truth to guide our lives instead of it being the last resource!
2 Timothy 3:16–17 NKJV
16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
When it comes to marriage, family and raising kids why do we seek advice from every source around us except the Word of God? [Eph. 5:22-6:4/Book of Proverbs]
When it comes to our finances, God’s Word is the perfect financial planner for our lives. [Mt. 6:19-34, 20:1-16, Eph. 6:5-9, Col. 3:22-25]. But it starts here;
Malachi 3:10–11 NKJV
10 Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house, And try Me now in this,” Says the Lord of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven And pour out for you such blessing That there will not be room enough to receive it. 11 “And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, So that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, Nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field,” Says the Lord of hosts;
When it comes to our worship and service in Christ, the Bible is the only resource that is true for you and I to have abundant life in Him.
Hebrews 10:19–25 NKJV
19 Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, 21 and having a High Priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.
Romans 12:1–2 NKJV
1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Mark 16:15 NKJV
15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.
What do you believe?
What is your source for Truth?
If you can answer these two questions correctly in Christ, you will obtain a better and fulfilling life in 2022!
If not, you will still be desiring something you cannot obtain anywhere else except in Him!
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