Our text for this sermon comes from Mark 8:11-21.
The title of this sermon is: Watch Out! Beware the Leaven of the Pharisees.
vs. 11-13 The Pharisees do not understand Jesus. They argue with him and push him to give them signs and miracles. Jesus tells them no sign will be given for them to believe. Why?
There are a few reasons.
People need Jesus. Jesus brings salvation not the miracles.
If they saw Moses part the Red Sea, they still would not believe. If they saw Elijah wipe out 800 false prophets, they still would not believe.
The gospel demands a response. It either pushes you toward Jesus or from Jesus. Either way, your response will be in line with Jesus’ intended purpose for the gospel in your life.
vs. 14-16 The disciples realize that they do not have any bread and are afraid of being hungry.
Jesus tells them to, “Watch out; beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.”
The disciples have no clue to what Jesus is talking about.
They ignore Jesus and keep talking about the fact they have no bread. There is not enough bread for all of them to have a cold cut sub. They forgot to stop by Five Guys before they got on the boat and now they are worried that most of them are going to not have a meal.
vs. 17-21 Do you not get it? This is not about food. This is far more important then whether or not you have something to eat. Stop thinking about your stomach and wake up!
What is Jesus really saying?
You have to watch out and be on guard about who and what you allow to influence you.
We have the mind of Christ 1 Corinthians 2:16
You cannot have the mind of Christ if everything that you allow to influence you is directly in conflict with the Scriptures.
When you read a book or watch a movie, what is redeemable about it?
Your life is to be lived in such a way that you are worthy of the gospel of Christ.