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One Thing is Necessary (Luke 10:38-42)

May 27, 2015

Reflecting on the Passage:

This week’s sermon considers the seriousness of Jesus’s ministry to save, sanctify, and secure sinners. Pastor Carter magnifies the Lord in showing the surpassing worth of knowing Jesus Christ. The focus of this sermon is on the remarkable account of Jesus stopping by Martha and Mary’s house to show them, God cares and He is enough, as He heads to Jerusalem.


God Cares

Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me (Luke 10:38-40;ESV).

Martha was busy, a most accompanying host, who probably had the gift of hospitality. Therefore, when she learned that Jesus would be visiting her and her sister, she wanted Him to feel more than welcomed with her serving (cf. Romans 12:13; Hebrews 13:2; 1 Peter 4:9). However, Pastor Carter explains that because of our hearts, even the good we do can become the source of sin, as shown in Martha’s resentment toward Mary for her lack of serving and Jesus for not reproving Mary (cf. Jeremiah 17:9-10).

Jesus is Enough

But the Lord answered her, Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her (Luke 10: 41-42; ESV).”

Despite Martha’s resentment, Jesus reminds her not only does He care about her labors, but also He is enough (cf. Mark 4:35-41). While Martha began to question the compassion and care of God, Mary chose the one needful thing, which was to cast her cares upon the Lord and learn humbly at His feet (cf. Psalm 16:5, 73:25-26; 1 Peter 5:6-7). Jesus Christ demonstrated both the compassion and care of God by commending Mary and encouraging Martha to see that He is sufficient, for He had them both in mind as He made His way to the place where He would take on the sins of the world.

Have you really considered what Jesus is saying here?

We become easily distracted and consumed by the cares of this world. Jesus says only one thing is necessary. The one and only necessary thing is to know Jesus Christ and His eternal care for us, because everything in this life can and will be lost (cf. Philippians 3; 1 John 2:17).

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