• Overestimating Obedience

    Mark 10:19–22

    As fallen people, we tend to overestimate our faithfulness to the Lord and to rely on our works for our right standing before God. But the gospel—and our consciences—tell us that we cannot do enough or be good enough to ...Read More

  • The Goodness Of God

    Mark 10:17–18

    Many non-Christians are content to see Jesus as a good teacher, but they say more than they know when they call Him good. He is truly and inherently good because He is God incarnate. As we hear others who are ...Read More

  • 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

  • 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 that does ...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

  • Jesus Walks on Water

    Mark 6:47–52

    One commentator notes that merely being with Jesus is not enough to create faith in our hearts. This is clear from Jesus’ ministry, for Judas betrayed our Lord even after He had been with Him for years. The only hope ...Read More

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