What wonderful thing is going to happen next?

Posted: October 24, 2011 in christian living, Jesus
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We are reading through Mark in our family time and picked things up at chapter 8, verse 31 last night. My youngest son (5) interrupted me as I was about to start reading. “Um, daddy, is the Lord going to feed 3,000 people this time?”   This was quite an honest question since we had just read about Him feeding the 5,000 and 4,000 in the past week or so. It was also quite fitting for what we were about to read. The Lord had done many wonderful things among His disciples that were recorded in the prior chapters of Mark, such as healing, casting out demons, and feeding the multitudes. I think they must have had the same type of questions as my son had. Yet, this is what we find recorded in the word of God instead.

And he began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes and be killed, and after three days rise again. And he said this plainly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 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.” And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? For what can a man give in return for his soul? 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 8:31-38 esv

Well that certainly changes the spiritual atmosphere among the disciples doesn’t it? It certainly did in our living room.

“the Son of Man must suffer”

What a statement against the depravity of natural man, that for any to be redeemed to a just and Holy God, Christ must suffer and die for them. More than that, though a great king, He must die like a common criminal at the hands of the religious and pagen world alike.

“but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it”

What blessed wisdom of God that brings the wisdom of man to nothing! It’s an all or nothing faith in Christ that saves when it comes down to it. Who is willing to pick up that cross and start on the journey? We must forsake our worldliness, our sin, our pride, our reputation, our vain religious traditions, and die to those things. We see many professing Christians are trying to save their lives and really losing them. Oh Lord, teach us to gaurd our hearts and mind that we might not be ashamed at your coming!

But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. – Philippians 3:7

For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. Therefore encourage one another with these words. -1Thesselonians 4:16-18

  1. fleebabylon says:

    ” It’s an all or nothing faith in Christ that saves when it comes down to it”

    I am not speaking of some hard work of the flesh here. Child like faith saves. -Jim

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