Gospel of Mark Chapter Eight Part Two
Introduction: A key idea in the Gospel of Mark is that Jesus is the servant of God. Today, we hope to discuss Jesus' prerogatives over Peter and the lives of His disciples.
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Read Mark 8:27-33
17. Over Peter. Jesus and His disciples were busy in ministry. We see here in the eight chapter of Gospel of Mark that on the way, Jesus asked what people were saying about Him and what they, as His disciples, were saying about Him.
Peter confessed that Jesus was the Christ. However, Jesus did not want Him to tell anyone about it yet. Jesus has to chastise Peter, because Peter was focused on the devil's agenda.
- Assessing our situations. Notice in vss. 27-29 of Gospel of Mark chapter 8 that Jesus checked in on what His disciples were hearing and saying. It is important to assess what is going on around us.
Since the disciples were helpers of Jesus, the leader, a good point to make is that helpers need to keep the leader informed about who is saying what.
They need to also be saying the right thing. When those in the leadership structure say the wrong thing it has away of leading others astray as well.
Let's work on assessing where we are and where we need to go. Leaders should request this kind of information. Helpers should share this kind of information.
And all of us should appreciate the importance of sharing this kind of information, since we are in this thing together. When the leader is in the dark, it impacts all who follow the leader.
This is true on our jobs, in our families, and in our communities.
- Jesus is special. Notice in vss. 29-30 that Peter was right about Jesus being the Christ or the anointed One.
In the Gospel of Mark we see Jesus is not simply another Bible character. He is in a category all by Himself. He is our savior and our lord.
Let's live like Jesus is extra special. Such living should be known for obeying God's commands to love Him, ourselves, and others.
Read Mark 8:34-91:1
18. Over the Lives of His Disciples. In this section of the Gospel of Mark Jesus teaches about the cost of discipleship. Discipleship calls for denial and dedication of self.
It is more valuable than the things of this world. There is the promise that some who were with Him would see God's kingdom before they died.
- Making change a process. Notice in vs. 31 of the eight chapter of the Gospel of Mark that Jesus makes change a process, instead of simply a shocking event.
Many people can handle change better when they see it coming and have some understanding of why it is happening.
However, when change just happens without warning and without reason, it can often be unnecessarily difficult. Let's work on making change a process, when it serves the purposes of God.
However, even when we don't have due notice or change doesn't make sense to us, we should learn to trust God enough to follow leadership, as long as it is not leading us contrary to God's word.
- Staying in our places. Notice in vs. 32 that Peter stepped out of his role. He moved from being a follower and helper of Jesus to being a challenger and rebuker.
In this section of the Gospel of Mark He went from discerning that Jesus was the Christ to being used by the devil. We should work hard to stay in our place.
Especially, when God has blessed us with influence, we should be careful what we say to the leader in public. If the leader is wrong, God knows how to fix it.
But if the leader is right, and we are challenging the leader, we run the risk of being rebuked and chastised.
Let's work on staying in our places. This is a principle for not only the church, but it is important for family, job, and community as well.
- Denying and dedicating ourselves to God's will. In the eight chapter of the Gospel of Mark notice in vss. 35-38 the importance of denying and dedicating ourselves to God's will.
It can be very difficult, but yet it is God's will for us to deny and dedicate ourselves to God's will. Sometimes when we obey God, we get what we originally wanted, or sometimes we get what is ultimately better for us.
Let's learn to deny and dedicate ourselves to God's will. Examples of how this may work in our lives include denying ourselves a new car, so we can continue to tithe.
It may mean denying ourselves an extra outfit or pair of shoes, so we can invest more. It may mean denying ourselves the privilege of telling somebody off, so we can demonstrated Christian maturity and forbearance.
- God's trustworthiness. Notice in Mark 9:1 that there is a promise that some of those who were with Jesus would not die until they see the kingdom come with power.
There is a glimpse of the kingdom in the Mountain of Transfiguration that comes in the Gospel of Mark chapter nine.
We can count on God to do what He says He will do. Let's live like we believe that God is trustworthy. Such living should be noted for obedience.
Conclusion: Let's work on being servants of God. God has much for those who obey His will.
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