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Mark 9:1-10 The Son in His Glory

What does He have in store today

What does He have in store today

In our first verse today Jesus gives us a more enjoyable “coming attractions” speech. Earlier in this section Jesus shared some details of His upcoming death, which caused quite a stir. We are going to look at the “coming attraction” today too. My bible actually put the first verse with the previous section but I held it back for time’s sake.

Jesus has been addressing a small crowd containing His disciples and those who wanted to be true followers of Christ. In His concluding remarks He tells them that some of them standing there with Him at that moment were not going to die before witnessing an amazing event. That event was the coming of the Kingdom of God in power. Read more »

Mark 8:31-38 For the Sake of the Call

Take up your cross and follow me

Take up your cross and follow me

We join Jesus today as He tells His disciples what awaits Him in the future. This is the first time He will do so. We are not sure how much time has passed since Peter’s confession of Who Jesus is, but today he learns he is listing to another source.

Jesus has been teaching the crowds in parables all this time and privately interpreting for His disciples. He is now ready to teach His disciples something unique to them. He begins telling them how He is going to be treated, including how He is going to be killed. He is pulling no punches here. He plainly tells them that the chief priests and scribes are going to reject Him and kill Him. He doesn’t leave it at that though because He also tells them that he will rise again after three days.

I don’t know what the rest of His disciples thought about His announcement, but Peter was very disturbed by it. Peter was a good disciple, but he couldn’t stand by while Jesus made such a huge mistake. Not wanting to publicly embarrass Jesus over His mistake, Peter takes Jesus off to the side and speaks to Him privately. Read more »

Mark 8:27-30 You Are The Christ

A nice spot for contemplation

A nice spot for contemplation

Today we join Jesus as He and His disciples make the journey between Bethsaida and Caesarea Philippi. On the way Jesus has something He wants to talk about with His disciples. Let’s join them as they walk.

Jesus had just finished healing the blind man when He sent Peter back into the village to round up the rest of His disciples. As Peter runs off to gather the rest of the crew, Jesus talks with the man who now has perfect sight. “It is very important that you go directly home. DO NOT go back into the village.” Read more »

Mark 8:22-26 Do You See Anything

I see men like trees walking around

I see men like trees walking around

We join Jesus in the village of Bethsaida where He encounters a blind man. This man is brought to Jesus for his healing and Jesus heals him in a very unusual way.

The first thing I want to know is, who is it that brought the blind man to Jesus? Is it the man’s family or friends? Is it someone wanting simply to see another miracle? I would think it would be someone from my first assumption, but Jesus took the man away from those who brought him before He would heal him. If he was my friend or family member I would want to stay with him. Did Jesus strictly tell those who brought him to stay while He took the man outside the village? But at the end of the healing Jesus told him not to go back into the village, so those who brought him had no knowledge of the healing. Did they follow Jesus out of town with the man? Read more »

Mark 8:14-21 You Still Don’t Understand?

PLEASE let mine be lower than this!

PLEASE let mine be lower than this!

We are joining Jesus today after His encounter with the Pharisees who were looking for a sign. “Just one more so we can be sure.” Jesus denied their request and left them standing on the sea shore. Now He and His disciples head out for the other side of the Sea of Galilee.

I’m not sure if today’s interaction takes place on the way or after they reach the other side. Matthew’s account led me to believe they had reached their destination but Mark makes me wonder. Mark’s statement that “they had only one loaf with them in the boat” (verse 14) leads me to believe they were still in the boat. Whether they were on dry land or on the sea, Jesus was still thinking about their run in with the Pharisees. Read more »