• Receiving the Kingdom Like a Child

    Mark 10:13–16

    Augustus Toplady’s hymn “Rock of Ages” includes this line: “Nothing in my hand I bring, simply to Thy cross I cling.” These lyrics wonderfully encapsulate Jesus’ teaching in Mark 10:13–16. We come into the kingdom only by admitting that we ...Read More

  • On the Side of Jesus

    Mark 9:38–41

    Expositing Mark 9:38–41, Dr. R.C. Sproul cautions us in his commentary Mark to avoid the error of thinking all differences between Christians divide us in an essential way as well as the error of thinking that no ...Read More

  • Who Is the Greatest?

    Mark 9:33–35

    We live in a culture obsessed with fame, with achieving “greatness” so that it can be lorded over others. But Jesus explains that we will find true greatness only through serving others. In all of our interactions with other people, ...Read More

  • Teaching in Galilee

    Mark 9:30–32

    Because of the influence of sin on our hearts and minds, we should expect Jesus’ words to sound strange to us at times. When we find His teaching hard to receive, we dare not shape it to fit our preconceived ...Read More

  • Dependence on Christ

    Mark 9:25–29

    No Christian would ever say that absolute dependence on Jesus is optional. However, it is nonetheless easy even for believers to go through their day as if they can do so under their own power. Lest we become self-reliant in ...Read More

  • Jesus Confronts a Faithless Generation

    Mark 9:14–19

    When Christ utters harsh words to His people, He never means to destroy but to call our attention to our sin that we may repent and be restored. Thus, whenever we find Jesus rebuking others in the Gospels, we should ...Read More

  • The Coming of Elijah

    Mark 9:9–13

    Christ’s teaching on John’s death and the death of the Son of Man reveals what Martin Luther called the “theology of the cross.” The theology of the cross tells us that there is no path to glory except through suffering. ...Read More

  • Witnesses to the Kingdom

    Mark 9:1

    Whatever view we take of the specific event to which Jesus refers in Mark 9:1, we are left without any doubt that the kingdom of God came in power in the first century. The birth of Christianity changed the course ...Read More

  • The Blind Man at Bethsaida

    Mark 8:22–26

    That Jesus may work in a manner that seems slower in some cases than in others—such as the blind man in Bethsaida—is encouraging. It tells us that we should not give up on those who seem to be hardened the ...Read More

  • The Disciples’ Hardness

    Mark 8:16–21

    Simply being in the presence of Jesus is not enough to guarantee faith. Instead, God must grant us ears to hear and hearts to believe His Word. We must not only attend to the preaching and reading of Scripture, but ...Read More

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