• 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

  • Help for Unbelief

    Mark 9:20–24

    Dr. R.C. Sproul writes in his commentary Mark, “Staying close to the Word, listening to the promises of our Redeemer, and opening my heart to Him are the things that kill unbelief and build a powerful faith ...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

  • Peter’s Terror and God’s Response

    Mark 9:5–8

    Most Christians know of “mountaintop experiences,” encounters with God so rich that we want them to last forever. Such experiences are gifts of the Lord’s grace and foretastes of the coming age. But they are not meant to last on ...Read More

  • The Mount of Transfiguration

    Mark 9:2–4

    Though God grants us many blessings on this side of glory, nothing created can ever fully satisfy us. We grow bored and tired of even the greatest pleasures. That will not be the case with the beatific vision. We will ...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

  • Of Whom the Son of Man Will Be Ashamed

    Mark 8:38

    Matthew Henry comments, “They shall not share with [Christ] in his glory then, that were not willing to share with him in his disgrace now.” We dare not be ashamed of Christ even when we face ridicule and worse. Although ...Read More

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