In our passage for today, Jesus calls us to weigh the options of eternity. Here we find Jesus engaged in an intense time of teaching to his disciples. In the previous passage he just taught the disciples that there are only two camps – those who belong to Christ and those who don’t; those who are Christ’s disciples, and those who are not. Now in this passage he looks at those same two groups from an eternal perspective. Those who do not belong to Christ are headed on a trajectory toward hell. Those who do belong to Christ, are those headed toward heaven, the place described here as “life” and the kingdom of God.
Passage: Mark 9:42-50
Author: Rev. W. Reid Hankins, M.Div.
Sermon originally preached during the Morning Service at Trinity Presbyterian Church (OPC) on 09/14/2008 in Novato, CA.