Mark 8. Forum Discussion

Who do you say that Jesus is?

Mark records the miracle of Jesus feeding 4,000 people with 7 loaves of bread and a few small fish in the beginning of chapter 8. He also writes about how the Pharisees came to Jesus and began to argue with Him, seeking from Jesus a sign from heaven to test Him. It must have been exhausting for Jesus to be performing miracle after miracle and then to still be asked for “signs”. Jesus replies in verse 12, “Why does this generation seek for a sign? Truly I say to you, no sign will be given to this generation.”

Jesus performs another miracle in verses 22-26 by healing a blind man, and then Mark records the following scripture that we will focus on for today’s lesson:

“Jesus went out, along with His disciples, to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way He questioned His disciples, saying to them, “Who do people say that I am?” They told Him, saying, “John the Baptist; and others say Elijah; but others, one of the prophets.” And He continued by questioning them, “But who do you say that I am?”

Here is the question that is fundamental to our salvation. “Who do you say that I am?” Jesus first asks His disciples who other people say that He is. The disciples let Jesus know that people are incorrectly saying that Jesus is John the Baptist, or Elijah, or one of the prophets. But after hearing that, Jesus asks them, “Who do YOU say that I am?”

How would you answer that question? Who do YOU say that Jesus is? Believing is the first part of faith. The next step after believing that Jesus is the Christ, is to learn His commandments through studying the Bible. Next, we need to try to put ourselves in positions where we can obey His commandments and act on our faith, while keeping away from stumbling blocks or temptations. That is a never-ending process and we need people to help us along the way. Jesus Himself was studying God’s word while on earth, to stay sharp. It is also a wise decision to put away things in life that cause us to sin. “When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” – 1 Corinthians 13:11

IN SUMMARY:

  1. Who do YOU say that Jesus is?
  2. How well do you know what Jesus’ commandments are?
  3. Is there anything that you need to put away as you become more mature in Christ?

Thank you for joining us today. Please join us again tomorrow as we look at Mark 9. Our lesson will focus on the importance of removing stumbling blocks from our lives. May God’s blessings be upon you until then. Amen

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James Guillory

Jesus is my Lord and Savior and he is my dear Friend who walks with me each and every day!!

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jmack3388

I think it is human nature to forget about all the good things that God has done for us. Look at Jesus' own apostles. They watched Jesus feed thousands of people, twice, with just a few loaves of bread and a few fish. And they were worried about how they were going to feed others right after that while traveling with Jesus. This is why God commands us to stay in His Word and to help others to do the same. Because we have short memories and need constant reminders of God's power and our lack there of.

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