Are you interested in learning more about Jesus' three steps, the three steps involved in having that kind of life, eternal life? It will not stand the tests of this life, and it will not stand God's test in the end. The Greek term “aparneomai”, translated in English as “deny” has the meaning … Mark 8:6 "And he commanded the people to sit down on the ground: and he took the seven loaves, and gave thanks, and brake, and gave to his disciples to set before [them]; and they did set [them] before the people." And we find that same message, tied to the identity of Jesus, in Romans 10:9, 10... ...if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 16:24). And as would later happen with Jesus, a condemned man would usually have to carry the crossbeam of his cross through the streets on his way to be crucified. [⇑ See verse text ⇑] "Loses his life" refers to a Semitic phrase "to trifle away one's life." Inscribed on one oar is the word, "Faith." Remember how Peter denied Jesus? The power of the gospel is the cross and empty tomb. called, or beckoned to the people, to come nearer to him: with his disciples also; Faith; Beauty; Works; Maturity; In a parable of life, a man is rowing his boat on a lake. But he who loses his life here for the sake of Christ, either by dying in his cause or by denying and mortifying his lusts out of love for him, he in the life to come shall find his life in the bosom of Christ and in eternal joy. We read: And [Jesus] said this plainly. Scripture Summary Mark 8:34-35. Then Jesus made the statements we are discussing. Did you hear Jesus talking about life there? To say “Jesus is Lord” involves first giving up your false claim to the throne. Give up, stand up, look up. In the context of these passages, Jesus had been predicting His death. What is the meaning and significance of the cross? "Toward the close of the OT period, the word 'anointed' assumed a special meaning. Speaker: Bryce Morgan Series: The Essentials: One Lord, Topic: "Take up your cross, accept it, glory in it, cling to it, because it is something good for you. John Piper @JohnPiper ... You listen to John Piper. In the context of these passages, Jesus had been predicting His death. (John 17:3). Copyright © 2021, Bible Study Tools. Inscribed on one oar is the word, "Faith." Close. If you are, let me reassure, based on God's word, you will save your life. But Jesus wants you to understand his terms, his offer: are you willing, each day, to give up on your own wisdom and give up your own will? When the devil is drawing away disciples and servants after him, he conceals the worst of it, tells them only of the pleasure, but nothing of the peril, of his service… but what there is of trouble and danger in the service of Christ, he tells us of it before, tells us we shall suffer, perhaps we shall die, in the cause; and represents the discouragements not less, but greater, than commonly they prove, that it may appear he deals fairly with us, and is not afraid that we should know the worst; because the advantages of his service abundantly suffice to balance the discouragements, if we will but impartially set the one over against the other. Subscribe. Philippi, that Christ had this conversation with his disciples; He said to them, 'If you desire to come after me, you should deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow me. And so I reject that me; I give up on that me; I deny that me.” But that leads us to a second step. Peter rebuked Him, and Jesus responded to Peter. Mark 8:34-35 And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. Each lesson is based on a passage in the Gospel of Mark. He said, if you are willing to “lose” or give up your life, you will actually find it. '” (Mark 8:34). Subscribe. But we have to think about what Jesus’ original hearers would have understood when Jesus said this. But Jesus gave us only three steps to life. Coming after Jesus means going after life. these parts; for it was in the way from thence to Caesarea Why is it significant that the crowd needed to learn what true discipleship is? These verses are crucial for understanding the Gospel according to Mark as a whole and for fathoming what it means to be Christian. In this we see: 1) The Disciple's Confession (Mark 8:27-33) and 2) The Disciple's Lifestyle (Mark 8:34-38) Mark 8:27-33  And Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi. II. Peter was rejecting the idea of a suffering Messiah, instead of a soldier king. Doesn't work to well. This does not mean only the big things in our life; it is the little … been but just before acquainting his disciples with; (See Gill Verse 34, “If anyone would come after me”. Look up the Greek term for “deny” and discover what the term meant to these Hebrew writers. which is the same as to be a disciple of his: let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow It's the same confession. Apple YouTube Email. The meaning of the verse is this: he who by trying to shun the cross and to escape self-denial would save his life here, will lose it hereafter. The gift and hope of the gospel is eternal life. You can read the series introduction for more explanation and links to the other lessons. What Does It Mean to Take Up Our Cross? - Mk 8:34-35[A disciple is a learner, a follower; to be a disciple of Jesus means that we follow Jesus. This is where we need to go back to the provacative words of Jesus, the words that Peter reacted to so strongly. of
Matthew and Mark tell of the 4,000 fed. That's the same idea of losing or giving up your life. Isn't this what the writer to the Hebrews was saying? Mark 8:35, CSB: "For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of me and the gospel will save it." me; Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John tell of the 5,000 fed with the five loaves and two fishes. Let’s begin by reading Mark 8:34-35, “And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. I. (A)35 For whoever wants to save their life[a]will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it. who walked together alone, the multitude following at some The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. Does this message apply to only initial salvation (salvation from the penalty of sin)? It is both a call to know life in God's presence forever, and a call to experience His life in the here and now. Let us sit down, and count the cost, whether we can prefer our advantages by Christ before life itself, whether we can bear to think of losing our life for Christ’s sake and the gospel’s. Well, I believe that God has given us some help here in this passage. All rights reserved.  For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. 1300 steps from the Notting Hill train station to the High Street Kensington station in London. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. If you are, turn over to Mark 8. 35 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. That is his meaning. - Mk 8:34-35[A disciple is a learner, a follower; to be a disciple of Jesus means that we follow Jesus. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. 3. You too can know the hope of eternal life, in every single area of your life; not a counterfeit, but the real deal. “Taking up one’s cross”? Mark 8:34-38. In John 14, Jesus said he is “the way, the truth, and the life”. Mark 8:35. 34 Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. What Jesus is confronting, what is illustrated by Peter here, is our innate belief as human beings that we know better than God. Mark 8:34-35 The Passion Translation (TPT) Jesus summoned the crowd, along with his disciples, and had them gather around. This morning, I know all of us are hungry for life. And we know when Jesus talked about life, He was not talking about simply existing or the so-called 'good life' the world exalts. You watch his pen “draw out” meaning. 35 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it. 16:24,25; Mark 8:34,35; Luke 9:23,24)? No, not give up the pursuit. Sermon Mark 8:34-38 The Costs of Discipleship Check out these helpful resources Biblical Commentary Children's Sermons Hymn Lists Mark 8:34-38 The Costs of Discipleship Dr. Philip W. McLarty In his book, The Cost of Discipleship, Dietrich Bonhoeffer Listen again to all of verse 34...”If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”. Scripture: Mark 8:34-35, 2 Timothy 2:4, Jeremiah 29:13, Luke 8:17, 2 Corinthians 7:10 (view more) (view less) Denomination: Evangelical Free The Cost Of Discipleship Series Mark 8:34–38 May 16, 2017. Apple YouTube Email. Notice that His call to self-denial comes immediately after predicting His own sacrificial death. Jesus says, “Look up!”. Study Matthew 16:24; Mark 8:34 and Luke 9:23. And we find the first step to experiencing that life in both verses 34 and 35. But if you want to follow Jesus, then they eyes of your heart, the eyes of faith, need to stay in visual contact. But in verse 34, Jesus describes a final step. It is to distance ourselves from this belief. In Mark 8:27-38, we see who Jesus is and what it means to follow Him on the ``Road Less Traveled``. Second, to say “Jesus is Lord” means standing up for a crucified Savior, who brought emancipation through humiliation. The most common counterfeit is not currency or some Italian handbag. Finally, to confess, “Jesus is Lord” is to look up from a place of submission. How is it that we so often mistake his meaning, disregard his warnings, and distrust his providence? California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. Peter rebuked Him, and Jesus responded to Peter. But Jesus is clear about the problem with Peter's reaction. Posted on Nov 24, 2017. It would have been quite common for Jews in ancient Palestine to witness the Roman practice of crucifixion. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his … The word Christ has not appeared since the Gospel’s opening verse. (II Corinthians 5:17), Way of Grace Church | P.O. What Does It Mean to Take Up Our Cross? Mark 8:34, NASB : "And He summoned the crowd together with His disciples, and said to them, 'If anyone wants to come after Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me." In all of these verses, Jesus is challenging those who are not willing to suffer or endure shame or even die for His name's sake. Commentary on Mark 8:22-26 (Read Mark 8:22-26) Here is a blind man brought to Christ by his friends. In verse 35, Jesus talked about giving up by using the word “lose”. ◄ Mark 8:35 ► For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and for the gospel will save it. Mark 8:34, 35 (One Lord: So Great a Salvation) May 7th, 2017 . If I choose living for others, and keep that decision alive by constant renewal, then my relationships take on a new quality. Look at verses 32 and 33 of this same chapter. 16:24,25; Mark 8:34,35; Luke 9:23,24)? And on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?”  And they told him, “John the Baptist; and others say, Elijah; and others, one of the prophets.”  And he asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Christ.” (Mark 8:27-29). The first time (see Mark 8:34-35), however, Jesus called the crowd along with his inner circle.  I am the good shepherd. As we pursue Jesus, we pursue life. It is the same call to the unbeliever and believer; to those who have never heard, and those who have often heard. We hear that in his rebuke. ¶“ 35 'If you desire to save your soul you will lose it, but if you lose your soul for my sake and the gospel’s, you will save it'” (Mark 8:35). Verse 34, “If anyone would come after me”. This is the gospel message. That’s not what he signed up for. on the other oar is the word "Works." Who, it seems, followed him out of Galilee, from Bethsaida, and 36 "For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul? But Jesus gave us only three steps to life. But to enjoy that life, each of us must give up, stand up, and look up. But the abundant life the Good Shepherd died to give us is so big and so beautiful and so strong and so dynamic and so unique, that Jesus had to describe it this way: “eternal”. 34 When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and … signifying, that his followers must deny themselves of worldly Mark 8:34-35 Posted by DJL on Jul 3, 2012 in Daily Bread | 0 comments He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. Mark 8:34–38 May 16, 2017. You see for yourself whether the meaning is really there. Now, think for a minute. on Matthew Keywords. He goes on to tell them about a radical reorientation resulting in standing up for Jesus. And (we pray!) Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John tell of the 5,000 fed with the five loaves and two fishes. The 17th century writer Matthew Henry describes this: Are we invited by the words and works of Christ to follow him? (I Corinthians 11:1), And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. The oars are symbolic of our ministry as followers of Christ.  For whoever would save his life will lose it. Did you know “Give up, stand up, look up”, or “deny yourself and take up your cross and follow me”, did you know that's simply one form of the gospel message? Calling Jesus the Messiah was right on the mark, but easily misunderstood. But with that last phrase, “follow me”, He is calling us to look up. We are so used to looking to the world's answers and looking for the world's acceptance. When we forget the works of God, and distrust him, we should chide ourselves severely, as Christ here reproves his disciples. A few chapters after that, Jesus made this statement about eternal life... And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. all that God is for you in Christ explodes with faith, and joy, and love. Mark 8 Mark 8:35 And He summoned the crowd with His disciples, and said to them, "If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross … (Hebrews 12:1-2). The Passage in Context Almost exactly at the book’s midpoint, this passage initiates a major shift in Mark’s plot. Now I want to wait and talk in a few minutes about what Jesus said that got Peter so worked up. Close. "Toward the close of the OT period, the word 'anointed' assumed a special meaning. The crowd also needed to hear what true discipleship is. Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,  looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Does it mean simply the suppression of certain desires? (Ephesians 5:2), By this we may know that we are in him:  whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.” (Mark 8:32-33). May 7, 2017 Mark 8:34-38 - Discipleship. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.”. Peter was not willing to take up his cross. Salem Media Group. Others are wanting to believe they are satisfied because they have some measure of worldly power and pleasures. But Jesus says, “take up your cross”. And so when Jesus talks about “taking up one’s cross”, the crowds would immediately understand this as a call to public humiliation and suffering. It is packed with teaching each of us can apply, to be certain we are authentic disciples of Christ. Ever tried to follow someone in a car who forgot you were trying to follow, someone who is changing lanes all the time and racing through yellow lights. That he or she stay in visual contact, right? For whosoever will save his life. Jesus uses the cross to represent true discipleship five times (Matt 10:38; 16:24-26; Mark 8:34-35; Luke 9:23-24; 14:27). So what does it mean to deny myself? Give up, but then... Again, verse 34. There’s only one reason that Peter would have the audacity to correct God’s anointed: if he believed he knew better than Jesus. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. Verse 33, his mind was set, not “on the things of God, but on the things of man.” You have to know something is wrong with you if you're rebuking Jesus, the Son of God. This does not mean making myself a doormat or neglecting my real needs, but giving of myself for others, wanting other people's lives to have been better because I have lived. But as Jesus mentions in our text, such To be a true disciple of Jesus...] © 2021 Way of Grace Church: Buckeye, AZ All Rights Reserved, Are You New and Improved? The Passage: “Whoever Would Save His Life” (8:34, 35). But Jesus says “deny yourself”. Mark 8:6 "And he commanded the people to sit down on the ground: and he took the seven loaves, and gave thanks, and brake, and gave to his disciples to set before [them]; and they did set [them] before the people." You were made for so much more than this world can ever offer you. That’s taking up one’s cross. Box 1671, Buckeye, Arizona. 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