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Kevin Bennie

Nov 15, 2023 2:35 PM

Mark 8 - Confession 1

👇💥 FULL DEVOTIONAL💥👇 Mark 8:27 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.” 29 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Peter answered, “You are the Messiah.” 30 Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about him. 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 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? 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.” Peter’s idea of Jesus was off, even though he correctly understood him as the Messiah by title (v. 29-30), he misunderstood his purpose (v. 31-33), so Jesus had to correct him. In order to follow Jesus, we need to lose our life. We need to lay it down and follow Jesus. Is there anything that you follow or seek after more than Jesus and Jesus’ way? Pray, and ask God to reveal to you any place where you do not yield to him. This “revealing” may take time, be open to him today as you go about your work, as you spend time with your family. Take notice of the places that don’t reflect the person of Jesus. Lastly, receive God’s grace. The good news about laying down our lives for Jesus is that he loves us and wants what is best for us. And what is best for us is a life spent serving and laying down our life before him. We will not always take up our cross perfectly, but his grace is rich, because he paid the ultimate price.

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