• 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

  • The Value of the Human Soul

    Mark 8:36–37

    Dr. R.C. Sproul writes in his commentary Mark, “We can see the true value of souls by noting how much Jesus was willing to pay for the souls of His people.” That the Son of God was ...Read More

  • Cruciform Discipleship

    Mark 8:34–35

    Dr. R.C. Sproul writes in his commentary Mark that “the Christian life is a throwaway life.” We must be willing to lose all we have now in order to gain everything in the world to come. This ...Read More

  • Peter Corrects Jesus

    Mark 8:32b–33

    The greatest theological battles the church has faced have been caused by imprecise language. It makes a difference, for example, whether we are justified by faith or we are justified by faith alone. The deity of Christ hinges on whether ...Read More

  • God Builds David’s House

    2 Samuel 7:1–17

    God always keeps His promises, which means Jesus had to rise again. The Lord promised David a righteous son who would rule forever, and the only way that the Messiah could atone for sin and rule forever was if He ...Read More

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