Mark 8:31-38 & Mark 9:1

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(V) Verses:

31 – He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again. 

32 – He spoke plainly about this, and Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 

33 But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. “Get behind me, Satan!” he said. “You do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.” 

34 Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 

35 For whoever wants to save their lifewill lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it. 

36 What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? 

37 Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? 

38 If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.”

1 And he said to them, “Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see that the kingdom of God has come with power.”

Mark 8:31-38; Mark 9:1
A depiction of the pearly gates of heaven closed with the bright side contrasting with the duller foreground and a stairway leading up to it

(I) Inspect:

Who was involved?

Jesus, the Son of Man, Peter, Satan, The disciples, The crowd

What was Jesus doing?

Teaching

Where did this happen?

Caesarea Philippi, 40 miles from Bethsaida quite a trek away

When did this happen?

Before the transfiguration, before the crucifixion

Why was Jesus explaining this

To elaborate on the fact that He’s the Messiah and what that entails. “For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”
‭‭Mark‬ ‭8:38‬

How – To tell people to focus on the things of the Spirit. “But turning and seeing his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.” Mark 8:33

How was his wisdom delivered?

Jesus delivered His message via a sermon.

(S) Seek to Understand:

Jesus is the messiah.
He suffered and was offered as an atoning sacrifice for the sins of mankind and died and He was risen again, fulfilling scripture.

As Christians we ought not focus on the things of the world but on the things of God. If you deny Jesus on Earth He will deny you in Heaven.

The theme that runs through is:
the denial of self and one’s own desires
and listening to Jesus’ instruction

(A) Application:

What do you think about this?

How can you apply these truths, practically, to your walk with the Lord?