What I read today;
2 Corinthians 2; Mark 8; Isaiah 34; Job 36; Judges 10; Genesis 34
Mark 8 contains two sections that have been quoted for centuries. Since Mark was the first Gospel written, it is understood that all the other Gospel writers had access to what he said and added to the things in his Gospel.
In verses 27-30, Jesus asks the question that has confounded so many over the past 2000 years. “Who do you say I am?” So many today think of Jesus as a wonderful man, a great preacher, an incredible philosopher among just a few things. But Jesus claimed to be God. He claimed to be the savior of mankind. Jesus told people that he was the way, the truth, and the life and that no one came to the father except through Jesus Christ. So that makes him more than just a talented teacher. Who is Jesus? It’s simple and complicated at the same time. He was a real man. But he was also the one true God and the Savior of each one of us from his own sin.
Since Jesus is real God and the Savior of mankind, then the question that we all have to ask ourselves is what are we going to do with that information. In Verses 34-38, Jesus lays it out. If you know that Jesus is God and Savior of mankind, then it has to affect you. That knowledge has to change how you act. Knowing Jesus means you might have to do things that your not comfortable with. You may have to pick up your own cross and deny yourself of something that you desire.
There will be a cost for serving and following Jesus. That cost will be worth it in the end. But there will be a cost.