Mark 9. Forum Discussion

Chapter 9 begins with Mark writing about The Transfiguration of Jesus. Jesus took Peter, James and John to go with Him up a high mountain by themselves. When they got there, Jesus was transfigured before them, and His garments became radiant and exceedingly white. Elijah and Moses appeared along with Jesus. Then a cloud formed, overshadowing them, and a voice came out of the cloud, “This is My beloved Son, listen to Him!”

Mark records another miracle where a demon-possessed son is healed. Originally, the disciples tried to cast out the spirit unsuccessfully. When the boy’s father has a conversation with Jesus he says, “But if You can do anything, take pity on us and help us!” Jesus replies, “‘If You can?’ All things are possible to him who believes.”

Later in chapter 9, Jesus goes on to say, “If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life crippled, than, having your two hands, to go into hell, into the unquenchable fire, [where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.] If your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life lame, than, having your two feet, to be cast into hell, [where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.] If your eye causes you to stumble, throw it out; it is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye, than, having two eyes, to be cast into hell, where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.”

Jesus is telling us to remove those things from our lives that cause us to stumble. He gives some very dramatic examples:

  1. If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off.
  2. If your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off.
  3. If your eye causes you to stumble, throw it out.

The things which cause us to sin and separate us from God are probably much more subtle. Maybe it is alcohol, maybe it is the language that comes from our mouths, maybe it is the love of money? The message here is clear, whatever is causing you to stumble is not worth forfeiting your soul for eternity. Jesus instructs us to remove those things from our lives and to put God first. Amen

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Jesus loved and was protective of children. Another example of His warmth and compassion. Thank you Jesus for being the perfect example for us to follow.

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