Jesus Is Our Northstar

Today when we travel we use computers like the GPS or Global Positioning Satellites. You punch in your address and where you’re going and – sooner or later – it will get you to your destination. It used to be when we traveled into unknown areas we’d get these big maps out and I’d highlight the route. You can’t hardly find maps anymore. The GPS tells you where to go. The GPS works by talking to a satellite in orbit in our outer atmosphere. It stays in touch with the unseen so that we can eventually get where we need to be. Whether in a car or a cruise liner that GPS insures we get to our final chosen destination.

The GPS is man made, and though it will get you to your final earthly destination it sometimes takes you the long way around. The Lord Jesus Christ is the only infallible way to insure that you get to your final Heavenly destination. Those who have believed on Him are certain of entering God’s glorious Heaven. But Christ also guides His people daily, one moment at a time, one day at a time through this life. Just as the North Star guides the explorer to the north, our Jesus guides us northward and upward to God. As long as you believe in Him and trust in Him everything will – in the end – be all right.

But if you draw away from Jesus and refuse Him as Lord and Savior you will find yourself lost, wandering forever in the darkest spiritual night. The farther you get from Jesus, the more dangerously lost life gets!

Those Who Follow And Love Jesus Are Blessed. Those Who Stand Against Jesus Are Cursed. I want you to compare two sentences in this chapter of Mark with me:

Mark 3:13 (KJV) And he {Jesus} goeth up into a mountain, and calleth unto him whom he would: and they came unto him.

Mark 3:22 (KJV) And the scribes which came down from Jerusalem said, He hath Beelzebub, and by the prince of the devils casteth he out devils.
Jesus goes UP – and calls people UPWARD. The self righteous fleshly Scribes go DOWN – and call people DOWNWARD.

Jesus went UP into a mountain and called whom He would. He called these common and quite ordinary men to leave their businesses, leave their lives, and follow Him. When they came they separated themselves unto Him and:

Mark 3:14 (KJV) And {Jesus} ordained twelve, that they should be with him…

Jesus called them – they came – He touched them – and they began to work for Him. These were His Apostles, messengers of the Gospel of the Kingdom. Jesus elevated them from what they were to what He wanted them to be. Jesus went into a mountain and called His people to the mountain – that mountain of God. When Moses went into the mountain of God Joshua was able to follow that wonderful man a short way, but not all the way. Moses could not bring people all the way up the mountain of God. Moses could not even himself – humble as he was – to see the face of God. God told Moses:

Exodus 33:20 (KJV) …. Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.

God hid Moses in the cleft of the rock to protect Moses from His glory, for a sinner to look on God would have died. Yet Jesus calls His people to come UP THE MOUNTAIN. Jesus is the cleft of the Rock that we hide in. Those who respond to Jesus are blessed – elevated – brought from the ordinary and made extra-ordinary by the very power of God.

The Scribes CAME DOWN from Jerusalem – DOWN from the Holy City of God – DOWN from Mount Zion. They came as critics of Christ, fools on a foolish errand. You can memorize the Book of God but if you live like you’ve never read it it doesn’t do you any good. The Scribes were DOWNERS. They were fleshly, religious, intolerant, and spiritually dead. Adrift from Christ they who should have been holy (for they were SCRIBES, COPIERS of GOD’S WORD).

Adrift from Christ the high were brought low. Following Christ the low were brought high.

What did Jesus do to these twelve ordinary people? He gave them power. We are told:

Mark 3:14-15 (KJV) …. that he might send them forth to preach, 15 And to have power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils:

Jesus gave them spiritual power to preach, to carry His Word into the world. The preaching came first. The Word of the Gospel must go forth – this is the most important thing. With that power came the power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils. Where the Light of God is the darkness falls. Where the Light of God is NOT, the darkness prevails.

The Mind Not Set On Christ And His Word Drifts Toward The Darkness. When your mind wanders away from Christ you wander into dangerous territory.

Can I tell you it is possible to follow Jesus and still be damned? You can follow Jesus physically but your mind be far from Jesus.

Judas Was With Jesus Physically But Spiritually His Mind Was On Darkness. Jesus chose twelve people, twelve ordinary men. They were given His Gospel, given power to heal sicknesses, and power to cast out devils. But look at:

Mark 3:19 (KJV) And Judas Iscariot, which also betrayed him: and they went into a house.

There is no indication in this text that Judas was given less than the other followers. They were Apostles, he was an Apostle. How did he sneak into Jesus’ entourage? Actually the Bible tells us that Jesus knew Judas’ heart all along.

One day Jesus preached a hard sermon. If you come to Church regularly, sooner or later you will hear a hard sermon. Some people think there should be no hard sermons, but the truth is if you never hear a hard sermon – one that hurts your pride and stomps your toes – you’re listening to a false prophet! Jesus said in Revelation 3:19 “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.”

The Light hurts your eyes when you come out of a dark place. Christ calls us from darkness and into His marvelous light, and yes, that hurts.

Anyway, Jesus was preaching a hard thing – and people left His Church. The Bible tells us:

John 6:66-71 (KJV) From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. [67] Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? [68] Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. [69] And WE believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God. [70] Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil? [71] He spake of Judas Iscariot the son of Simon: for he it was that should betray him, being one of the twelve.

Judas didn’t sneak into the disciples – Jesus called him knowing his heart. The Bible says “it was he that SHOULD betray Him”. Jesus knew who this man was. He brought him into this small group, this foundation of the Church, His Church. Why? Because Jesus gives every person a chance. He knew Judas would betray Him, but nonetheless reached out in love to him, calling this poor lost soul to His side.

Judas followed, but never really believed. Because his following was only outward he eventually betrayed Jesus for what he really loved the most – MONEY. Money was his god, not Jesus. Eventually the money he chased after with his heart led to his destruction.

The Scribes Followed Jesus To Stand Against Him. They Were In The Dark Both Physically And Spiritually. When the Scribes came down from Jerusalem it was not to support Jesus, but to stand against Him. They said:

Mark 3:22 (KJV) … He hath Beelzebub, and by the prince of the devils casteth he out devils.

Their statement was nonsense, as Jesus quickly said. He told them:

Mark 3:23-26 (KJV) How can Satan cast out Satan? [24] And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. [25] And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand. [26] And if Satan rise up against himself, and be divided, he cannot stand, but hath an end.

No kingdom – not even the Kingdom of Darkness – can stand against itself. If a kingdom is divided it will not stand. Churches that depart from the Light that is Christ fall apart. Families that depart from the design of God fall apart. The Modern Family not driven by the Ancient Light will not stand, for you cannot mix light and dark, fresh water and salt water, corruption and holiness. A house divided against itself will not stand. As Jesus said:

Matthew 7:17-20 (KJV) Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. [18] A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. [19] Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. [20] Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

You must be one or the other. No one rides a fence long who will not fall on one side or the other. Departing from Christ these Scribes were in dangerous territory. Jesus made an interesting statement next. He said:

Mark 3:27 (KJV) No man can enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house.

I have heard this verse misapplied by many. It’s not a hard statement to understand. Jesus is the strong man. He is the Son of God and God the Son. His House is protected by Him. The Scribes and Pharisees cannot come into His House and take it without first binding Christ, the Strong Man. What Jesus is saying is that these Scribes – like Sneak Thieves – are trying to sneak in the back door to overthrow Christ’s Kingdom. They are not there to protect the Kingdom of God. They are there to DESTROY. Jesus said in another place:

John 10:10-11 (KJV) The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. [11] I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.

Jesus is the Strong Man, the Good Shepherd, the Lover of God and the Lover of His people. These Scribes are of Satan not of God. These Scribes are destroyers of the Kingdom, not it’s guardians. They want to tie Jesus’ hands by poisoning the minds of the people against Him.

They are but darkness.

If you let the word of the Scribes enter the house, they will bind Christ and blind us. We are to focus on our Jesus and His Command.

Jesus Christ Our Lord Died For All Sins. He Is The Lamb Of God That Takes Away The Sin Of The World (John 1:29). Periodically people ask me this question. “Is there a sin that God will not forgive”? Is there a murder or a rape that God will not forgive? What about suicide? Will God forgive the suicide? What about genocide, the mass murder of humans? Abortion clinics are guilty of genocide. Can that be forgiven? Jesus answers that question in our text today. He says …

Mark 3:28 (KJV) Verily I say unto you, ALL SINS SHALL BE FORGIVEN unto the sons of men, and BLASPHEMIES wherewith soever they shall blaspheme:

“ALL SINS SHALL BE forgiven”. That is very definite. There is absolutely NO SIN that cannot be forgive. When Jesus entered this life the Angel of God said:

Matthew 1:21 (KJV) … thou shalt call his name JESUS: for HE SHALL SAVE HIS PEOPLE FROM THEIR SINS.

Jesus came to this earth to be the “Savior of HIS people”. “He shall save HIS people from their sins”. Jesus – precious and sinless Jesus – came to pay a debt that we could not pay. We have all sinned – and perhaps even this day have sinned – against the Holy and Just God Who made us. We are flawed creatures. We are fallen creatures. We are born sinners in need of salvation. We drift toward the darkness without Christ at the helm of our lives. The Bible tells us that …

1 Peter 3:18 (KJV) For Christ also hath ONCE SUFFERED FOR SINS, THE JUST FOR THE UNJUST, that HE MIGHT BRING US TO GOD ….

God came to earth, was born of a Virgin, lived a sinless life, and went to the Cross to make sacrifice for our sins. Jesus Christ came to bring us to God, something no one else can do. We are set apart from our sin and drawn to the mountaintop of God by Christ our Lord. We are told in …

Hebrews 10:10-12 (KJV) …. we are sanctified {set apart for God’s use} through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. …. after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever…

Jesus suffered for SINS that He might bring us to God. There were no specified sins that He did not offer Himself for. He offered ONE sacrifice for SINS forever. He paid for every sin that we would ever commit. No matter how heinous, no matter how evil, no matter how many people our sin hurt – Jesus paid for our sins on that Cross of Calvary.

But if Jesus is the only means to salvation, and we reject that only means of salvation – then can we be saved? No. No, we cannot. Jesus told these Scribes:

Mark 3:29 (KJV) … But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath NEVER FORGIVENESS, but is in danger of eternal damnation:

Those who blaspheme against the Holy Ghost cannot be forgiven. In a parallel text we read:

Matthew 12:31-32 (KJV) Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.32 And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.

What is “blaspheme of the Holy Spirit”? Why is this sin so unforgivable?

When Jesus came born of a virgin, He entered this world through the power of the Holy Spirit. When Jesus preached and healed He did so through the power of the Holy Spirit. One of Jesus’ first sermons was:

Luke 4:18-21 (KJV) The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, (19) To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. (20) And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. (21) And he began to say unto them, THIS DAY IS THIS SCRIPTURE FULFILLED IN YOUR EARS.

When Christ was preparing to go to the Cross of Calvary to pay for our sins He promised to send the Holy Spirit of God back to us. The Holy Spirit of God is the One Who empowers the Savior and empowers salvation. To look at the wondrous things Christ did and attribute what He did TO THE DEVIL shows a heart so dark, so hate filled, so convoluted that it can NEVER be saved.

God cannot save a heart hardened against Christ.

God cannot rescue the person that is satisfied with drowning in the darkness of selfishness.

The Bible says:

Acts 10:38 (KJV) … God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.

What makes the “unpardonable sin” unpardonable is that the person committing it will not repent and will not submit to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords Jesus Christ. If you will not come to Christ you cannot be pardoned.

He alone is “the Way, the Truth, and the Life”. He alone is the only way to come unto God.

Those Who Follow And Love Jesus Are Blessed. Those Who Love Jesus Will One Day Be With Him In His Heaven.

Right after this incident we read:

Mark 3:31-33 (KJV) There came then his brethren and his mother, and, standing without, sent unto him, calling him. (32) And the multitude sat about him, and they said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren without seek for thee. (33) And he answered them, saying, Who is my mother, or my brethren?

Jesus wasn’t being disrespectful to His earthly family, but He was making a point. Who is related to Jesus? Who is His mother and His brothers and sisters? Jesus was born into this life of the Spirit. He is God in the flesh. How do we get into God’s family? Jesus declared:

Mark 3:34-35 (KJV) And he looked round about on them which sat about him, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! (35) For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother.

What is the will of God that Jesus spoke of? It is to come to Jesus Christ by faith. To sit at His feet. To order your life by His will. To surrender to Him as Savior, and follow Him as Lord.

Jesus said in another place:

John 6:38-40 (KJV) For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. (39) And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. (40) And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.

You fulfill the will of God when you come to Jesus Christ. He is the one and only Messiah. The writer and apologist C.S. Lewis wrote that he studied the life of Christ and eventually became a Christian, surrendering himself to the Lord Jesus Christ. Lewis wrote …

“One of three things is true {about Jesus}. He is either a lunatic on the level of somebody who thinks He’s a poached egg, or He is a liar at such a calculated and clever and extreme level as to probably be unequaled as a purveyor of deception, or He is Lord. Forget the patronizing nonsense that He’s a good teacher, that’s not an option that He has left to us.”

He is Lord. He is God Who gave Himself for you. Come to Him by faith and be saved, or reject Him and be damned forever. The choice is yours as it was with the Scribes, Pharisees, Herodians, and Sadducees. Choose Christ and choose life!

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A searching pastor, I am looking for a people who love the Lord and love one another. I am looking for the Church. Most of what I see today is not the Church, but clubs, where members sit in padded pews and drink deeply of self. I am looking for a people willing to be righteous not self righteous, serving not served, In short, I am looking and praying for a people who want to change the world by willingly and willfully following Jesus Christ. I hope I find this people before it's too late.
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