From the Pastor’s Pen

Final Thoughts on Mark 9:43-48

Of all the sayings of Jesus thought to be severe, none are more frightening or grim than His remarks about cutting off a hand or a foot, or plucking out one’s eye.  Jesus uses extreme language to make the point that sin is extremely serious and its cost is very high.  As Romans 6:23 declares, “For the wages of sin is death, . . .”

Yet Jesus words in the context are to be taken metaphorically as no amount of self-mutilation can deal with sin, which is an issue of the heart.  Only Christ alone is able to save us from our sins.

, . . . even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.       I Thessalonians 1:10

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