The Gospel of Mark | Sermon Five
February 27, 2022
Got It Right, Got It Wrong, then Learned the Truth | Mark 8:27-38
Mark 8:27–28 “Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, “Who do people say I am?” 28 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.”
Mark 6:14–15 “King Herod heard about this, for Jesus’ name had become well known. Some were saying, “John the Baptist has been raised from the dead, and that is why miraculous powers are at work in him.” 15 Others said, “He is Elijah.” And still others claimed, “He is a prophet, like one of the prophets of long ago.”
Mark 8:29 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Peter answered, “You are the Messiah.”
Does what you believe about Jesus make any real difference in your life?
“Who do you say I am?”
Sometimes we get it right.
Mark 8:30 “Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about him.”.
Mark 8:31 “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.”
Teachers of the law (Scribes)
Mark 8:32 “He spoke plainly about this, and Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.”
John 18:10 “Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant, cutting off his right ear. (The servant’s name was Malchus.)”
Mark 8:33 “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.”
Sometimes we get it wrong.
What does it take to be a disciple of Jesus?
It’s time to learn the truth.
Mark 8:34 “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.”
- Deny Yourself. Surrender yourself completely to God.
- Take Up Your Cross. Identify with Jesus in suffering and death.
- Follow Me! Follow God obediently wherever He leads.
Mark 8:35–37 “For whoever wants to save their life will 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?”
There is nothing, not even the entirety of all human wealth and power, that will be equal to eternal life with God.
Philippians 1:21 “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.”
Mark 8:38 “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.”