Jesus continues to confront the religious leaders.
There are certain essential doctrines that one must believe to be a true Christian. In the conversation with the rich young ruler, Jesus covers several of these essential doctrines. This is crucial for us to understand.
The first lesson Jesus teaches the disciples after the Transfiguration is about faith. Faith is essential in the Christian life. We come to Christ by faith and we live by faith. Our faith is in our great God, not in ourselves.
The religious leaders refuse to believe in Jesus. Jesus refuses to do any miracles for them, except the ultimate miracle which is His resurrection from the dead. If Jesus’s resurrection were the only miracle that He ever did, it would be sufficient to prove He is God and Messiah.
Jesus encounters a Gentile woman whom he describes as having “ great” faith. This passage describes some of the characteristics of her faith that today’s Christian can also have.
Jesus goes against the religious system of His day. He makes it clear that a person cannot save himself by his own works and his own efforts. Salvation is God’s doing, not man’s doing. He demands that his disciples understand this.
The nation of Israel had rejected Jesus, just as many people do today. The Lord is crystal clear in this passage, that anyone who rejects Jesus is vulnerable to a much worse spiritual condition.
Thomas has been labeled a “doubter”. However, every Christian today ought to thank God for Thomas, who wanted evidence before he believed.
What does it mean to take the gospel to the nations? In today’s message we will discover that a passion for the kingdom begins with a love for the king.