The passage for today is Mark 8:31-9:1. You can read this passage online or on your phone by following along with The Essential Jesus reading plan on bible.com, or you can read it in your physical Bible. Take a few minutes to read Mark 8:31-9:1 carefully, inviting the Holy Spirit to speak to you as you read.
What did you see in the text? What is the main point being communicated? Here are some of the things that I saw.
After 3 years with the disciples, Jesus began to speak plainly about the coming days of rejection by the Sanhedrin, his suffering and death. Peter still didn’t get it and told Jesus that this can’t be. (Peter missed the “rise in 3 days” part). Gentle Jesus rebukes Peter openly, even calling him Satan! Ouch! Jesus then calls out to all saying that this is also the path of those who wish to follow him. Several well-known statements of Jesus are in this passage of Scripture: “Deny yourself, take up your cross.” “Whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” “What shall it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?“ “Whoever is ashamed of me and my words, I will be ashamed of him.” In the coming few days, Jesus will demonstrate what these words mean.
I don’t think Jesus made these noted statements just to be clever.
If you wish to “come after me” as Jesus said, pick one of His statements a day for the next five days to think about, meditate on and carry out.
Day 1: Deny yourself. What does this mean? How?
Day 2: Take up your cross. What does this mean? How?
Day 3: Lose you life: What does this mean? How?
Day 4: For what in this world am I trading my soul?
Day 5: Am I ashamed of Christ and his word today?
May we then be ready to meet him when he returns in glory.
Father, I pray the hymn written by Isaac Watts:
Am I a soldier of the cross,
A follow’r of the Lamb?
And shall I fear to own His cause,
Or blush to speak His name?
Must I be carried to the skies
On flow’ry beds of ease,
While others fought to win the prize,
And sailed through bloody seas?
This post was written by Kelly Gebert.