Review and Reflect on Mark 9:30-50 (Gospel-Centered Greatness, Part 4)

Jesus points us to the cross to gain proper perspective of greatness. He lays out the path to greatness before us in terms of humility and service. He also teaches that greatness is diverse, being found in different places and in different people. But there is something that hinders us from becoming great. Something that corrupts our desire […]

Review and Reflect on Mark 9:30-50 (Gospel-Centered Greatness, Part 3)

Jesus uses the cross to frame our perspective of greatness. He teaches that the path to greatness is humility and service. He also teaches that Gospel-Centered Greatness is seen in different places and in different ways. He teaches that there is diversity in greatness. In Mark 9:14-29, the disciples tried to cast a demon out of a […]

Review and Reflect on Mark 9:30-50 (Gospel-Centered Greatness, Part 2)

In Jesus’ teaching about a Gospel-Centered Greatness, we saw that his teaching gives us perspective for defining greatness. Any greatness me might pursue or achieve must be understood in reference to the cross of our King who died for us. He also teaches the proper way to achieve greatness. He lays before his followers a new path to greatness in […]

Review and Reflect on Mark 9:30-50 (Gospel-Centered Greatness, Part 1)

In Mark 9:30-50, Jesus redefines what it means to be great. Jesus gives us an understanding of Gospel-Centered Greatness. If a person is achieves greatness it means that they have in some way proven themselves superior to others. A great person has achieved a level of wealth, fame, or influence. Greatness isn’t a description we give ourselves, […]

Review and Reflect on Mark 9:14-29 (Part 2)

The disciples have witnessed this whole scene and naturally they wonder why they were unable to heal the boy. So they ask Jesus about it in Mark 9:28-29. After the disciples’ failure, they see how this father responds to Jesus in faith, and they wonder why they couldn’t perform the miracle. So Jesus gives them a […]

Review and Reflect on Mark 9:14-29 (Part 1)

We are going to look at  Mark 9:14-29 in two posts today and tomorrow. This story highlights an important aspect of what it means to be followers of Jesus. People will not always, but will inevitably fall below your expectations of them and fail you. So, we shouldn’t let other people’s sinfulness cloud our trust in Jesus’ […]

Review and Reflect on Mark 9:2-13

Let’s read Mark 9:2-13. There is great significance to Jesus going to a mountain. This is part of what it means when he says the Time is fulfilled and God’s Kingdom has come. In Exodus 33 God meets with Moses on Mount Sinai. Moses asks to see his face, but he refuses because it would have […]

Review and Reflect on Mark 9:1

Chapter 8 is a turning point for the story of the book of Mark. Up to this point, we have seen the concern has been over Jesus’ identity. Who teaches like this, heals like this, has authority like this? And in 8:29, we see the question finally answered by the disciple Peter when he says […]