Sunday, January 26, 2020

January 26, 2020 | Pastor John Bayles | Gaining by Losing | Mark 8:34-38 to 9:1

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Gaining by Losing
Mark 8:34-38 to 9:1

In our last lesson Jesus asked “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” (8:13). Peter, under the inspiration of the Heavenly Father, gave the answer "You are the Messiah” (Mar.8:29). He indeed got it right. Moments later Jesus explained to the disciples that He would go to Jerusalem, suffer, be crucified, die and three days later rise from the dead. At this point “Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him” (8:2). In Matthew’s Gospel we observed that Peter further stated “Never, Lord! This shall never happen to you!” (Mat.6:22). Here Peter indeed got it wrong, massively wrong. Jesus would never be allowed to suffer, die and be resurrected? The entire Messianic mission of Christ hangs on these realities. Peter’s got the word right, but missed its definition completely. The result of misunderstanding the nature of Jesus person and mission will lead to a wrong view of discipleship. In this text today, Jesus will draw all our attention upon what is required to become His disciple.

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