July 12, 2009
Mark 15:1 In this very sad verse of scripture we see the “religious” rulers of the day binding Jesus and carrying Him off to be tried by Pilate in hopes of getting a death sentence against Him.
As we read the continuing passages, we as Christians are filled with sadness and much indignation for the crowd and the false accusations against our blessed Lord. However, there are many today who are guilty of “binding the hands of Jesus” in more ways than one.
NEGLECTING THE GOSPEL
Matthew 11:28-30 If we neglect the tender invitation of our Lord’s plea to come to Him and accept all that he has done for us, are we not “binding His hands” of mercy and grace?
Acts 16:31: Ephesians 2:8-9 When we or our loved ones or our friends neglect to accept the wonderful Gospel message of Christ are we not “binding the hands of Jesus” to help us in our most desperate need of eternal hope?
Matthew 25:41; Revelation 20: 11-15 Those that go through life without accepting Christ are bound for eternal judgment and there is no second chance.
Romans 12:1-2; Ephesians 4:20-24 As Christians that have obeyed the Gospel, we too can “bind the hands of Jesus” by not obeying what we know to be His will. Our lives are to be transformed beginning with our minds.
Philippians 4:8; I Peter 2:1-2 Our renewal begins with our desire to be in His Word that we can grow and understand the Lords will for our lives.
Hebrews 2:17 Jesus became man for the very purpose of helping us through His mercy.
Hebrews 4:14-16 Jesus made it possible for us to go to the throne of our Father for mercy and grace in our time of need.
I John 1:9 Jesus made it possible for us to retain fellowship when we have sinned.
When we neglect to pray, we in effect “bind the hands of Jesus” to help us in our needs.
Ephesians 1:22-23 The church is mentioned several times in scripture as “the body of Christ”.
I Corinthians 12:12-25; Ephesians 4:29-32 As members of His body, we are to care for one another.
When we fail to act out the Lord’s commands as His body, we “bind the hands of Jesus” and the body of Christ suffers for it.
NEGLECTING THE LOST
Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:47; I Corinthians 15:1-4 Every time the gospel message is mentioned in scripture, it is mentioned or taught by a member of the “body”.
Every day millions of people die in this world without hearing or accepting the “good news” that Jesus died for them and wants to save them. If we do not witness, teach, preach and tell others about the gospel, we are “binding the hands of Jesus” and He cannot save souls like He wants to.