Too Great a Cost

Lou Benes Jr.

READ : Mark 10:17–27 And Jesus . . . said to him, “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.” (v. 21) George Watts has given us a remarkable painting of this young man as he left Christ. He does not show his face, only his back. It is stooped, hunched, as though he were carrying a heavy burden. He was! He came with a burden …

The Human Situation

Lou Benes Jr.

READ : Mark 9:14–29 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” (v. 24) Soon after the great revelation of glory on Mt. Tabor Christ and his disciples came down again to confront the world. What did they immediately meet? The Pharisees, who wanted to destroy Christ, the crying need of a man and his son, the truth of the utter dependency of the disciples upon Christ. This has always been the human …

Clean Hearts

Lou Benes Jr.

READ : Mark 7:14–23 There is nothing outside a person that by going into him can defile him, but the things that come out of a person are what defile him. (v. 15) We must understand that our hearts are by nature unclean. Not only our hearts, but our will, our understanding, and our minds are affected. There is nothing in our makeup that is not seriously affected by sin. God demands that we be clean before we have fellowship …

Rules, Rules, Rules!

Lou Benes Jr.

READ : Mark 7:1–13 You leave the commandment of God and hold to the tradition of men. (v. 8) Some time ago my son was ready to leave the elemental stages of playing catch with his father in the house and engage in a real honest-to-goodness ballgame! But as we began to play he was soon frustrated by the rules that he had to follow. Finally he said, “Rules, rules, rules, that’s no fun. Let’s play the other way because …

Compassion for People

Lou Benes Jr.

READ : Mark 6:34–44 And taking the five loaves and the two fish he looked up to heaven and said a blessing and broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples to set before the people. And he divided the two fish among them all. (v. 41) Christ had a real concern for the needs of people. His heart was moved with compassion when he saw them in their distress. Whether it was the blind, the sick, the lame, …

Power over Death

Lou Benes Jr.

READ : Mark 5:21–24, 35–43 And immediately the girl got up and began walking . . . and they were immediately overcome with amazement. (v. 42) This is an incident of great sorrow. Here is a father whose young daughter is mortally sick. He pleads with Christ to come and heal his little daughter, but it is too late. She is dead! Hope is gone and despair reigns. But this is also an incident of power and hope. When all …