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The Mark Study
Page 12: Sin Separates

In Part 1 of this series, we read about Jesus' miracles and wonders, his sheer power, and from that we drew the important point that Jesus can help. He can help us, with all that power. But as we pointed out, what good is that if he doesn't want to help us? That's why we studied in Part 2 about Jesus' love, compassion and concern for other people, for all mankind. His love for people both then and now drove him to set aside his own needs and good and accomplish instead what He needed to accomplish for the good of others. We saw that Jesus understands and loves us, that Jesus can care.

But that's still not the end of it. Even if he has the power to help us and he has the desire to care for us, we need to see if he can save us from our biggest problem... We need to see that Jesus can save.

PART 3: Jesus Can Save

Let's start in the book of Mark once again at Mark 10:45. Remember in our last study: Why did Jesus die? Because he cares for us!

Why, according to Mark 10:45, did Jesus give his life?

What does ransom mean?

  • Used in kidnapping.
  • Price paid to get someone back home.

Why did we need to be brought back home? What happened to us?

  • When God created man, He created man to be with Him: no sin, and in fellowship with God.
    God and man together in the beginning
  • In Genesis chapters 2 and 3, there is the important story of how Satan lied to the first humans, creating a temptation for them. They had to choose whether to follow the temptation or obey what God said. They chose to disobey God, and this was the first sin.
    Sin separates man from God

Sin has consequences. Adam and Eve received the consequences of their sin: they were cast out of the garden of Eden and never again had that original, perfect life the way God designed it. They felt ashamed or guilty. Adam blamed someone else -- anger. They were afraid -- so they tried to hide themselves from God. This was not the way God made us -- but they made the choice to sin. God did not make us to feel that way... Sin makes us feel that way!

The Bad News -->

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Need help? Have a question or comment on this study? Email Robert Hindman
This study was originally arranged by Rex Boyles, with adaptations by Kris Smith and Rob Hindman.

 This Series: 
1 Jesus Can Help - Introduction
2 Calming the Storm and Sea
3 Casting Out the Demons
4 Jairus's Daughter and the Bleeding Woman
5 A Look at the Resurrection
6 Listen to Him
7 Why Listen?
8 Care for a Leper
9 Disrespected and Misunderstood
10 Betrayed and Used
11 Curses and Lies
12 Sin Separates
13 The Bad News
14 The Good News
15 Let's Get Personal
16 The Moment of Salvation
17 The Conversion of Saul
18 The Conversion of the Crowd in Acts 2
19 Your Choice

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