What Jesus Came to Do (Mark 8:27-38)

The whole year we have been asking this question: “Who is Jesus?” And that’s because this is Mark’s question in his gospel. Is Jesus a prophet? Is he a good and wise man? Or he is something else entirely? Peter finally gets it right. Jesus is the Messiah. Jesus is a power and truth unlike […]

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Spiritual Vision (Mark 8:22-26)

The last several accounts with Jesus have been about the disciple’s spiritual vision. Are they seeing Jesus–his person, work, mission, and the promises of God about him–clearly? And are they ready to see him by faith? And it all culminates with our story this week, about the healing of the blind man at Bethsaida. Questions […]

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Do You Not Yet Understand? (Mark 8:1-21)

Mark 8:1-21 opens with an almost identical scenario from what we’ve saw in chapter six, the feeding of God’s people. But what is even more strange is the disciple’s amnesia. As the people starve, the disciples forget completely what Jesus had done for the people before. Or is it really forgetting? In the three accounts […]

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