• Feeding Four Thousand

    Mark 8:1–10

    Sometimes we find ourselves doubting the Lord’s concern for us and His ability to meet our needs. If we were to remember what He has done for us, particularly in rescuing us from sin when we were hopelessly lost, we ...Read More

  • A Generation That Sought a Sign

    Mark 8:11–13

    Matthew Henry comments on today’s passage that “if [unbelievers] will not be convinced, they shall not.” Nothing we can do or say can convince those who have hardened their hearts to believe in Christ. Their opposition is moral and ...Read More

  • The Leaven of the Pharisees and the Leaven of Herod

    Mark 8:14–15

    When we harden our hearts even just a little bit and refuse to obey God on what we might consider a minor matter, we introduce leaven into our lives that can spread to other areas. It is imperative, therefore, that ...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

  • 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 ...Read More

  • Peter’s Confession of Faith

    Mark 8:27—30

    First Timothy 3:15 calls the church “a pillar and buttress of the truth,” holding up the truth before the world. Yet if the church is not grounded in the truth, it cannot hold it up before the world ...Read More

  • The Christ

    Mark 8:29

    The word christ corresponds to the Hebrew word messiah, which also means “anointed one.” Although these are comon words in Scripture, they are most fully expresed in the Lord Jesus Christ. He is “the radiance of the glory of God ...Read More

  • Jesus Reveals His Purpose in Coming

    Mark 8:31–32b

    If we are not careful, we may likewise entertain false ideas of the work of the Messiah. Thus, we must not selectively read Scripture the way many ancient Jews did but rather study the whole counsel of God so that ...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

  • 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 does ...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 willing ...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 ...Read More