-- Can you be a Christian and not be a disciple? Who is not interested in saving his life? It strikes right at the heart of our very existence, because the one thing that we, as human beings, value and covet and protect above anything else is the right to make ultimate decisions for ourselves. Browse devotions about Mark, ... Today Daily Devotional is brought to you by: 1700 28th Street SE Grand Rapids, MI 49508. Scripture: Mark 8:34–38. So we must understand what he does mean by this phrase, "deny himself," which is the first step of discipleship. 1 John 1:9 But it is the only way to life. And this is fundamental to all discipleship. Mark 8:1–10. There are those who graduating from high school or college. Let him give up his rights to run his life, let him submit himself to my leadership, to my Lordship." When I am conceited, I am lying to myself about what I am. The very fact that our Lord called the multitudes together with the disciples has raised questions in people's minds Many have wondered if this indicates that he was seeking to make disciples, i.e., evangelizing; or was he simply telling his own disciples what it will mean to live as disciples? It will reduce you to the place where you will be ready to receive the gift of the grace of God." The second step immediately follows: "Let him deny himself, and take up his cross..." What does "take up his cross" mean? You will find that you have everything you want, but you will not want anything you have. Discipleship is denying your right to yourself, and taking up the cross, accepting these incidents and circumstances which expose our pride and conceit, welcoming them, and then following him, doing what he says to do, looking to him for the power. He has ultimate rights; he has Lordship of your life. I myself fail at this many times. This is not the decision of a moment, but a program for a lifetime, to be repeated again and again, whenever we fall into circumstances which make these choices necessary. In the feeding of the multitude, he told them to feed the crowd, and they did. He is not interested in anybody's becoming a Christian, or attempting to live as a Christian, on false terms. – Mark 16:15 Dois Rosser was born in Hampton, Virginia, and was a longtime businessman in Virginia's Hampton Roads/Tidewater area. Paul says, "I count not my life dear unto myself," (Acts 20:24 KJV). "Save your life, and you will lose it.". I thought these things would fulfill me, I thought they'd satisfy that deep craving down inside, but they haven't. The word "deny" means to "disavow any connection with something, to state that you are not connected in any way with whatever is in view." Twitter; Facebook; Email; Mark 7 Mark 8:34-38 Mark 9. Mark 8:34 34 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 and follow Me. Denying self means that we repudiate our natural feelings about ourselves, i.e., our right to ourselves, our right to run our own lives. There is no use saying you choose to lie down when it has become impossible to stand up. But nobody knew of Paul. Thus he denied his Lord. I still feel there must be something beyond, something more that I haven't got." He told them straight from the shoulder what they would be getting into. This is what Christianity is all about. And then he goes on to give us the motive which will move us in this direction: "For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it." You will discover, not just in heaven some day but right now, that even though you may not have all the things others have, your life will be rich and rewarding and satisfying. Mark 8:34 English Standard Version (ESV). But that is not what Jesus means. And so the cross stands forever as a symbol of those circumstances and events in our experience which humble us, expose us, offend our pride, shame us, and reveal our basic evil -- that evil which Jesus described earlier: "Out of the heart of man come evil thoughts, fornication, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, and foolishness," (Mark 7:22 RSV). My pride is the idolatrous worship of myself. This is what Jesus is talking about. They found certain treasures of the kingdom, of course. And he says there are only two results which can follow. He himself had many handicaps, many difficulties and trials he endured before he came to his cross. You listen to John Piper. There are three steps, he says: First, "If any man [anyone] would come after me, let him deny himself..." Notice that he does not say, "Let him hate himself." We can always be grateful that our Lord never has invited any to come after him without letting them know what would be involved. But he is talking about the heart: What is your aim? The cross stood for something in the life of Jesus connected with shame and humiliation. He wants us to understand that this is going to shatter us, change us, make us into a different kind of people. The world says, "Escape. But now he is "The Ruler Who Serves," and this is the theme of the last half of our study in Mark. Do you want to live it for yourself, or do you want to live it for him? "Follow me" means obeying these and all the many, many other exhortations of Scripture. Mark 1:16-39. Among many other good things he said, were these words which I quote because they are so illustrative of what our Lord means here: It is my pride that makes me independent of God. I can imagine the emperor, in his royal robes, seated upon a throne. Christian citizenship expands far beyond the country on our passport. This is not always a very appealing course, is it? So it is not merely handicap or difficulty or trial. God is holding back, to give us that chance. You will not waste it, but you will save it. But the word of Jesus is, "If you're going to be my disciple, deny yourself, and take up your cross.". That means, "Keep on denying yourself, keep on taking up your cross, keep on following me." Does criticism hurt, even when you know it is justified? Perhaps there are many today who are facing this choice. Mark’s non-Jewish audience was a lot like us — people who valued common sense and straightforward facts. Close. If you take it that way, you have missed the point. 17 "Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men." Somebody said to me after the earlier service this morning, "What does it mean, to be ashamed of Jesus? But Lord, I realise that to truly become a disciple of Yours, I … But many people think that a cross is any kind of trial or hardship you are going through, or any kind of handicap you must endure -- like a mother-in-law, or a ding-a-ling neighbor or a physical handicap. Yes, it is, in a way, but I do not think little incidents like this are what our Lord is talking about. And yet how many lives are being built without any consideration of this question, or any dealing with the God who stands at the end of the road? 18 At once they left their nets and followed him. "Take up your cross, accept it, glory in it, cling to it, because it is something good for you. The Teachings Of Jesus From The Gospel Of Mark. Browse devotions about Mark, from the Today Daily Devotional library. Do you feel hurt when someone forgets your name? All rights reserved. Chapters 14 through 16, which conclude the Gospel, relate the events of the cross and the resurrection. You look at a Bible text on the screen. 35For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it. Return to the Main Player. But in the center of the large vault was a throne, and seated on the throne was the skeleton of Charlemagne, with an open Bible on his lap, and a bony finger pointing at the words, "For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul?" What do you really want of your life? In the original Greek, these steps are stated in the present, continuous tense. It is absolutely unbreakable. But make no mistake; you are going to feel the pull to go back to self. This, he says, is what will be revealed in that day. It will be too late then to choose your side. “If any of you want to come with me,” he told them, “you … And the temptation is not wrong. Second, the events at Jericho, on the Mount of Olives, and in Jerusalem. Daily devotional with John Piper. RayStedman.org/permissions. ... Mark 8:34-38: 2010-04-20 WATCH THE KIDS: Mark 10:13-16: 2010-04-17 REPENT! I wish I had been present. You can see how radical this approach to life is, how different it is from the way the world around would tell us to act. Paul calls this "accepting the grace of God in vain," (2 Corinthians 6:1b). We must deny this flesh and glorify Christ by walking in the Spirit! Any circumstance, any incident which does this to us, Jesus says, if we are a disciple, we are to welcome. Remember that at the close of the Sermon on the Mount he said, "Many shall come to me in that day, and say, 'Have we not done many mighty works in your name? ... Sermon Notes for Mark 8:34-38 ← Back to Chuck Smith's Bio & Resources. Here was this obscure little Jew, bald-headed, big-nosed, bandy-legged, totally unimpressive in his physical appearance -- he says so himself in his letters. I don't know how it is for every other pastor in the world, but I know how difficult it is for me (and some of my colleagues) to be as alert and watchful as we should be. This is what Jesus is talking about. In fact, John tells us that at this point many turned and went back, and followed him no more, because these words seemed to them harsh and demanding. Our Father, thank you that you are the kind of God who does not lie to us, but who tells us the truth right straight out, without hesitation. This is what Jesus said to the men of his day. There are two attitudes toward life which are possible, and you can have only one or the other: One is: save your life now, i.e., hoard it, clutch it, cling to it, grasp it, try to get hold of it for yourself, take care of yourself, trust yourself, see that in every situation your first and major concern is, "What's in it for me?" Mark 8:34 ESV "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." Do you get upset when a cashier will not cash your check? Mark lays out the evidence of the uniqueness of this Jesus who taught with all authority. Jesus, the Anointed One, God’s only Son is here. It is radical. Father, we ask that you will help them to make the choice for life, and not for death, that by your power you will help them find the grace to say "Yes" to you, Lord Jesus, and to enter into life by means of the cross, which will humiliate them at times, offend them, expose their shame, cast out their pride. Mark 8:34 New International Version (NIV) The Way of the Cross 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. Sermon Notes for Mark 8:34-38 - Mark 8:34-38 Following Jesus Sermon Notes for Mark 8:37 - Mark 8:37 Sermon Notes for Mark 8:37 - Mark 8:37 What Shall a Man Give in Exchange Today we will take only that part of his preparation of the disciples which took place at Caesarea Philippi in the north of Galilee at the foot of Mount Hermon. You see for yourself whether the meaning is really there. – Mark 8:34-35 In early summer 1942, six young German men and one young German woman formed the anti-Nazi resistance group the White Rose. 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. As he was standing in the courtyard of the high priest, warming himself at a fire, a little maiden asked him, "Do you know this man?" If you are going to follow Jesus, you no longer own yourself. They did not know what he meant. We’re on a mission to change that. That is one way to live, and millions are living that way today. Our Lord is not talking about perfection as a disciple; he is simply telling us what discipleship means, what it involves. And I shall say, 'Depart from me, I never knew you, you workers of iniquity,'" (Matthew 7:22-23). Mark 8:34-38: 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. What a tremendous lesson from history to those of us who follow! C. S. Lewis gathers all this up very well in these words from Mere Christianity: God is going to invade this earth in force. He is not asking us to deny our basic humanity, our personhood. Get angry, get even, offend in turn. Mark 13:24-37 As we begin not only the Advent Season, but also another church year, this Gospel Lesson implores us to be watchful and alert. Mark … He called us to life, to richness, to enjoyment, to fulfillment. But he has told us that the way there means death. He says that not only is it worth it to gamble, but also that it is impossible to deceive: "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." John Piper is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. Suitable for apparel, scrapbooks, decals, and many other creative uses. What can a man give in return for his life?". If you save your life, says Jesus, you will lose it. I am amazed at people who say that they are Christians, but then blatantly, and even pridefully, acknowledge that they do not follow the Lord, do not do what he says. (Mark 14:66-72). Mark: A Devotional Commentary: Meditations on the Gospel According to St. Mark (English Edition) eBook: Zanchettin, Leo: Amazon.it: Kindle Store Interestingly enough, it is the very word used to refer to Peter's denial of Jesus a little later on. That is really the question. It will not last forever. It is our Lord's preparation of his disciples for the dire event that awaits him as he comes into Jerusalem. We are to deny that we own ourselves. John Piper @JohnPiper. Only those who are disciples enter into an abundant life. With it we begin the second half of our study in the Gospel of Mark. Believers, if you choose this path laid out in Mark 8:34-38, I am telling you, you are making a good choice. This was startling to the disciples, and it represents the turning point in the Gospel of Mark. It ends in fulfillment and satisfaction. May 23, 2017. What foolishness that would be! And (we pray!) After Jesus had announced the cross to his disciples, had been rebuked by Peter, and had rebuked him in turn, Mark tells us: And he called to him the multitude with his disciples, and said to them, "If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me." Most people in the world have no experience of lasting joy in their lives. There are many who are proving this today. It works everywhere you sign in, even with the mobile app! This is not a mere platitude, a truism; he is stating a fundamental law of life. This has been the theme of the first half of our study in Mark. Many people feel it is only right to deny themselves something during Lent, to give up various bad habits, like wearing overshoes in bed. Praying through Mark 8:34 . And you expect us to react honestly. Ask the man who has everything, "Are you happy?" Reading Mark, we see Jesus is more than a great teacher. Many years ago, archaeologists discovered the tomb of Charlemagne, (the) great 8th- and 9th-century king and emperor of France. What our Lord is talking about here is a settled way of life which outwardly expresses conformity to Christian truth, but inwardly adopts and follows and conforms to the values of the world. It is still there. 36What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? I'm dependent on God for my very next breath. Or, if you can't avoid it, then strike back. Heavenly Father, thank You that I have been saved by grace - through faith in Christ. He may answer, "Yes, I am. If you save your life, if you cling to it, hoard it, get all you can for yourself, then, without a doubt, Jesus says, you will lose it. Would anybody knowingly build a house contrary to all the zoning ordinances and building codes, with the certain result that when he has spent all his money and built the house, he will not be permitted even to move in? This is what Jesus means by, "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself" -- deny our self-trust, deny our self-sufficiency, deny our feeling that we are able to handle life by ourselves and run everything to suit ourselves. This is the way of life Jesus offers -- to lose your life like that. But the interesting thing is that now, two thousand years later, we name our sons Paul, and our dogs Nero. From this point, Jesus is on his way to Jerusalem, to the darkness of Gethsemane's garden, to the judgment hall of Pilate, to the whipping post, and to the bloody cross.
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