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An Exposition of Mark 8:31-33
Back to our familiar friend, the Gospel according to Mark. Grab your Bibles and turn with me to Mark 8:31-33. We left Jesus and the disciples in a crucial moment. It’s like watching a movie and stopping it right in the middle of the most climactic scene and then going to bed and not watching it for a few weeks.
That’s basically what we’ve done with Mark. Like how I’ve said, we.
Allow me a few minutes to set the stage again and bring us back up to speed on where we were at.
Jesus has wrapped up His primary ministry Galilee. That was the region near the Lake known as the Sea of Galilee. It’s where he has done the vast majority of his ministry. He has begun pronouncing judgment on some of the cities there and walking away from them.
Nazareth rejected Him (his hometown) and He rejected Nazareth. He pronounced woes on Chorazin and Bethsaida. Most recently Jesus left the Pharisees standing on the shore in 8:13. It was not just a physical departure, but a spiritual pronouncement. He was grieving as He gave them over in their unbelief.
Then Jesus heals a blind man in stages in 8:22-8:26. This is the first time we have seen someone healed in stages. It is a living illustration of the disciples’ spiritual sight. They are beginning to see, but they see Jesus and His plan with the clarity of a blind man who can see people moving around look like trees. Better than total blindness, but not yet full clarity. That account ends with Mark emphasizing the complete, perfect sight of the man.
And then we move to the climax of the Gospel. It is when Jesus point blank asks the disciples who He is, and they affirm that He is the Christ—He is God’s promised, anointed one. He is the deliverer.
This is the climax, because all the expectation has been building to this point, and now that Jesus identity is affirmed, everything moves quickly downhill toward the cross. Let’s read the verses leading up to our text today:
Mark 8:27–30—27 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?” 28 They told Him, saying, “John the Baptist; and others say Elijah; but others, one of the prophets.” 29 And He continued by questioning them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered and said to Him, “You are the Christ.” 30 And He warned them to tell no one about Him.
Jesus warned them not to tell anyone because they didn’t understand Him yet. They would promote false ideas about Him. And so, He wants to explain what it means for Him to be the Messiah…
(31) And He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. (32) And He was stating the matter plainly.
This language is specific transition language:
And He began to teach
And so, marks the second half of Mark’s Gospel. The massive shift. Moving forward we are going to get crystal clear teaching on what is coming. From now on Jesus is unveiled in His communication with his disciples.
It isn’t enough that they properly identify who Jesus is, the Promised One, Israel’s Anointed. They must also understand the sovereign plan along the way.
2 Conflicting Responses to the Sovereign Savior (27-33)
- An Affirmation of His Messianic Identity (27-30)
- An Argument Over His Messianic Mission
- The sovereign plan (31-32a)
- The sinful protest (32b)
- The stunning pronouncement (33)
And this wasn’t common. Even to ascribe the “Lord’s Servant” in the Isaiah passages to the Messiah.
(31) And He began to teach them that the Son of Man suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. (32) And He was stating the matter plainly.
I wonder what it must have felt like to hear this.
This was not the expected plan. They knew he was the ‘Son of Man’ Jesus had already referred to himself as the ‘Son of Man’ during his ministry.
Mark 2:10—10 “But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—He said to the paralytic,
Mark 2:28—28 “So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.”
I remember finding that confusing as a youngster. Why did the Son of God get called the Son of Man? Well first of all He is a man. So, He was son of God and son of man. But even beyond that, the Son of Man was a specific reference.
Do you remember what book uses the designation, Son of Man? It’s Daniel. Consider these words and just think about what you would have been looking forward to and hoping for when the Son of Man came…
Daniel 7:13–14—13 “I kept looking in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven One like a Son of Man was coming, and He came up to the Ancient of Days and was presented before Him. 14 “And to Him was given dominion, Glory and a kingdom, that all the peoples, nations and men of every language Might serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion which will not pass away; and His kingdom is one which will not be destroyed.
The Son of Man in Daniel is a title that refers to a king who rules over all the peoples and has an everlasting dominion. This is not a mere human, but rather a very special one.
These are the concepts that Peter had on mind when he said you are the Christ. Dominion. Glory. Kingdom. Everlasting Kingdom. Indestructible Kingdom. Honor. Prosperity. So often Israel’s hope was set on this future ruler. Jeremiah gave words of comfort to the people of Judah by saying:
Jeremiah 23:5–6—“Behold, the days are coming,” declares the LORD, “When I will raise up for David a righteous Branch; and He will reign as king and act wisely and do justice and righteousness in the land. In His days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely; and this is His name by which He will be called, ‘The LORD our righteousness.’”
God was the one who had set the expectation of a coming king, a greater David who would bring the nation back to prosperity and prominence and peace.
And you’ve just said to Jesus, “we believe that you are the righteous branch, you are the Son of Man, you are the Lord our righteousness…” This is the greatest discovery of all time, and then Jesus says:
the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.
If you are standing there, your immediate thought is, “what in the world are you talking about!” That doesn’t sound like what Daniel’s explanation. And it is true, that most of the passages dealing with the Messiah in the OT focus on His victory and righteous reign.
So, was God being dishonest here? The overwhelming evidence describes the advent, the coming of this king and his kingdom. And now we find out about a first and second coming, and long time span in-between, and the first coming doesn’t end well.
Several passages spoke of this—Psalm 16, Psalm 22, and Isaiah 50, 52, and 53. And although there aren’t hundreds of passages that speak of the suffering servant. There are a few, and those texts were sufficient to understand the broad parameters of this plan.
Jesus is alluding here in the suffering many things and being rejected to Isaiah 52-53.
Turn with me there for a couple of minutes.
Isaiah 50:6 6 I gave My back to those who strike Me, And My cheeks to those who pluck out the beard; I did not cover My face from humiliation and spitting.
Isaiah 52:13–53:12—13 Behold, My servant will prosper, He will be high and lifted up and greatly exalted. 14 Just as many were astonished at you, My people, So His appearance was marred more than any man And His form more than the sons of men. 15 Thus He will sprinkle many nations, Kings will shut their mouths on account of Him; For what had not been told them they will see, And what they had not heard they will understand.
(1) Who has believed our message? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed? 2 For He grew up before Him like a tender shoot, And like a root out of parched ground; He has no stately form or majesty that we should look upon Him, nor appearance that we should be attracted to Him. 3 He was despised and forsaken of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and like one from whom men hide their face He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. 4 Surely our griefs He Himself bore, and our sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, and by His scourging we are healed.
(6) All of us like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; But the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him. 7 He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth; like a lamb that is led to slaughter, and like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, so He did not open His mouth. 8 By oppression and judgment He was taken away; and as for His generation, who considered that He was cut off out of the land of the living for the transgression of my people, to whom the stroke was due? 9 His grave was assigned with wicked men, yet He was with a rich man in His death, because He had done no violence, nor was there any deceit in His mouth. 10 But the LORD was pleased To crush Him, putting Him to grief; If He would render Himself as a guilt offering, He will see His offspring, He will prolong His days, And the good pleasure of the LORD will prosper in His hand. 11 As a result of the anguish of His soul, He will see it and be satisfied; By His knowledge the Righteous One, My Servant, will justify the many, As He will bear their iniquities. 12 Therefore, I will allot Him a portion with the great, And He will divide the booty with the strong; Because He poured out Himself to death, And was numbered with the transgressors; Yet He Himself bore the sin of many, And interceded for the transgressors.
Both concepts are there: suffering followed by exaltation. God was clear.
But as I was reading I found it helpful to understand that the Jews didn’t have a well-developed theology concerning “Messiah”. They had some concepts. They had some ideas. But to be looking for the Messiah—and individual with a clear understanding of what that would look like, it just wasn’t the case.
In other words, they had a general hope of restoration. A general hope of a perfect king who would deliver Israel from her enemies.
This all intensified in 63 BC when a Roman political leader named Pompey the Great conquered Jerusalem. It was a bloody ordeal. In the process they lost key pieces of land. Gentile cities were established, and roman taxes were levied. In other words, they weren’t free in their own land.
It’s not unlike a powerful country such as Russia or China exerting control over a smaller formerly independent nation. It is oppressive, and Israel was not shining as she once had when she thrived under the monarchy of David and Solomon.
And so out of that place sprang this hope in a general deliverance. But this deliverer was to suffer many things…
and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes, and be killed
It is not humanity at its worst that will crucify the Son of God but humanity at its absolute best. The death of Jesus will not be the result of a momentary lapse or aberration of human nature, but rather the result of careful deliberations from respected religious leaders who will justify their actions by the highest standards of law and morality, even believing them to render service to God (John 16:2).
These weren’t the evil doers in society. These were the seminary and bible college professors of the day. These were the preachers on the radio and the television. These were the authors of popular religious books. The religious majority.
And so the Jewish Messiah came to the Jews spiritual establishment. People in the nearest proximity to revelation and privilege… and they rejected Him.
This was the sovereign plan. Even unto death.
and be killed,
Whoever understands the suffering of the Son of Man understands God. It is there, and not in heavenly splendor, that one sees the heart of God.
and after three days rise again.
This is the new theme of Jesus’ teaching. He will suffer according to God’s will, and consequently so will his followers.
You seriously have to wonder if the men had checked out on the resurrection part. They were in a catatonic state of shock unable to process anymore information. We don’t know.
But this we do know: they didn’t get it. They didn’t have a category for resurrection. And without the resurrection this news is devastating. With the resurrection it is the dark path to glory.
This should not have been bad news. This is the heart of the Gospel which is good news.
Despite the prevalence of rejection and death in this passage, the tone is neither gloomy nor fatalistic. The death of which these verses speak is not a meaningless or tragic fate, but is freely accepted and purposeful. The suffering and death of the Son of Man is necessary (dei), the means of fulfilling his messianic mission. It is the prelude to resurrection and can be spoken of with assuming his death.
(32) And He was stating the matter plainly.
He had stated it before less plainly… boldly. Confidently. As clearly as the man in Bethsaida gained sight so clearly is Jesus stating the matter in their hearing.
He had said it before…
Mark 2:20—20 “But the days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast in that day.
But this clarity was unavoidable…
- The sovereign plan (31-32a)
- The sinful protest (32b)
- The stunning pronouncement (33)
And Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him.
Can you picture it? The men are together on the countryside. Jesus is instructing. Peter stands up, “Jesus, can I have a word with you? Privately? Right now?”
He took him aside.
Away from the men. So that he could sharply correct Him. Matthew gives us a few of Peter’s words to Jesus.
Matthew 16:22—Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “God forbid it, Lord! This shall never happen to You.”
Peter was flabbergasted that Jesus would lay out such a bad plan. He felt compelled to speak up and interject himself into the situation. He wanted to spare Jesus of making a terrible mistake.
The Messiah rules and reigns with glory. He conquers. He restores. He succeeds.
We really can’t illustrate this effectively. But just a very dim shadow imagine that as we discuss our ministry in Albany there was a plan laid out that we were sure God was going to accomplish. A counseling center that was a huge outreach and a beacon of hope in the community.
And we would have ministries in the local public schools for evangelism. And a large campus for ministry. And the whole time you are told that you are going to be a charter member. You are getting in at the ground level. You are the core group.
So, when the prominence comes, you will be front and center.
And then I get up and say, well guys, a little change in plans. Soon, the Oregon Department of Justice will prosecute us, Linn County is going to take away our ability to meet publically, the local businesses and citizens are going to begin to threaten us, and the City of Albany Police Department will not offer protection for us.
In Jewish society, the elders and the chief priests and the scribes are the ruling class. To be on the outs with them was a major problem. And your proximity to Jesus, once viewed as an asset is now a personal liability.
When He is rejected, you are guilty by association. These words of Jesus mean suffering and loss for Peter. And He is not happy about it. And that’s why He rebukes Jesus.
- The sovereign plan (31-32a)
- The sinful protest (32b)
- The stunning pronouncement (33)
(33) But turning around and seeing His disciples, He rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind Me, Satan; for you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but man’s.”
Let that soak in for a minute.
(33) But turning around and seeing His disciples,
This isn’t just Peter now. Peter is the spokesman. He has eleven other guys standing there with him right now at the very least thinking the same thing. Jesus wants everyone hearing this correction because he knows all the men are thinking the same thing…
So, Peter has pulled Jesus aside, they’ve stepped off into the distance out of the earshot of the others. And Jesus turns around and brings this to everyone’s attention.
He rebuked Peter
Same rebuking language. Confrontational. Literally same word Jesus used when He rebuked demons in 1:25. It means to express strong disapproval of someone. You are wrong. And it used not for a gentle correction, but an open calling to account. There are times that call for this time of correction.
It is a vital part of faithful ministry. Particularly faithful shepherding. Paul uses the same word in his charge to Timothy:
2 Timothy 4:2—preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction.
Open correction that indicates strong disapproval, you are in the wrong. And look at the words Jesus says:
Get behind Me,
It’s almost as if you could picture Jesus walking along to carry out the Father’s plan, and Peter steps in front of him barring His way. And Jesus is saying, we can’t have two chiefs here. Only one of us can be in charge. You need to step down, and get behind me. I’m the one leading here.
In the next verse, verse 34 where Jesus says, “If anyone wishes to come after Me…” Jesus is talking about submitting to Him… following Him… trusting Him… coming in line under His plan and priorities.
Jesus is telling Peter that if he wants to stick around, he needs to be a follower. But he modifies the address, and so the full thought is get behind me, Satan.
I tried to imagine the emotion in this moment. If you are Peter you love Jesus. You believe He is indeed the Promised One.
And now Jesus calls you Satan. Clearly this was a big deal to Jesus. I mean he calls the Scribes and Pharisees hypocrites, and as much as I wouldn’t like being called a hypocrite, I’d rather be called a hypocrite than called Satan.
We have little people in our house, so when they get upset, what is one possible reaction (if you are walking in the flesh). Name calling! Relatively benign names, spoken in haste, and so far from the truth they really don’t mean much. If someone calls you a meanie head it isn’t exactly devastating.
But when God name calls. That’s a totally different story. It isn’t rash. It is calculated and it is intended to mean something. This is appalling.
I mean, why in the world does Jesus say something so intense? And what does he mean? Is Peter Satan? Is Satan inside of Peter?
No. The point is that the approach Peter is taking to Jesus words are confrontational and oppositional against God’s plan. So, in that way they are Satanic. They are of Satanic character and origin.
Because the ministry if you will, the mission of Satan has been to destroy truth… to destroy God’s name and fame and reputation… to prevent the Messiah from accomplishing His mission.
His very name means adversary.
He is the single greatest challenger to God’s authority. He is the greatest enemy. He hates God and wants to destroy anything and everything that might give Him glory and honor and worship and praise.
Satan had been trying to destroy the Messianic lineage. We don’t know every scheme of his, but Satan was probably tempting Joseph to divorce Mary, he was inciting Herod to plot and kill the babies in Bethlehem, he tried to disqualify Jesus during his temptation in the wilderness, he will enter the heart of Judas to betray Jesus, and he has stirred up the false religious, Jewish leaders, as well as the masses which will cry, “Crucify Him.”
This is the one who comes to steal, kill and destroy.
His plan all along was to disqualify, discredit, disrupt, and ultimately kill Jesus. And yet even Satan is an instrument under the Father’s Sovereign direction.
It is in this way then that Peter was Satanic. In that moment, he was opposing God’s plan for salvation through His Messiah. If Jesus loses the cross we lose the Gospel. And this isn’t so unfamiliar to us:
Mark 1, and Matthew 4 record that Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil (namely, Satan himself). And there we note that Satan was baiting Jesus to reach for the crown, without the cross.
Matthew 4:8-9—The devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory; and he said to Him, “All these things I will give You, if You fall down and worship me.”
So, what were God’s interests? How could the disciples have known them? How did Jesus know them? He had studied the Scriptures. He had a clear vision not only that he was the Christ, but what his ministry would entail.
God’s grand plan was to save the world through His Son. And so, He sent His only begotten (none else like him unique) Son. And this plan required suffering and death because the penalty of sin is death. It involved humiliation, rejection, affliction and physical suffering and anguish (all at the hands of evil men) under the sovereign watch care of a God who out of necessity would crush His Son on the path to His glorious exaltation.
This was the great plan from the beginning. No plan B. No better way.
And Jesus believed that He MUST suffer, and die and be raised. Do you understand the weight behind this rebuke?
As I said, surely Isaiah 50 and 53 were on His mind. And lest we get lost in the moment and assume that this was some walk in the park for the Savior, God didn’t use Jesus as a robot to accomplish His Divine plan.
Jesus wasn’t a puppet. And it wasn’t as though this Sovereign Plan didn’t cost Him dearly. Paul gives us a great insight into the personal cost to Jesus.
Philippians 2:8–92—8 Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name,
Jesus yielded his will in humble obedience. This is Trinitarian theology. This was the Father’s plan. He appointed the Son to do this work and the Son willingly submitted Himself to this plan.
And now Jesus has to deal with Peter’s unbelief.
Peter is clear. Lord, I hate that plan. It sounds scary. It sounds wrong. That is not what we have in mind. If Peter was in our postmodern culture he would have said, it doesn’t feel right to me as if that was the litmus test.
Peter got the identity of the Messiah correct. But when Peter said, Christos he meant something than Jesus and the Bible. Good reminder that saying the same words doesn’t always mean we are saying the same thing.
You cannot help but see that hermeneutics are driven by our hearts (define hermeneutics).
The problem in accepting the Messiah’s Mission as laid out by God in prophecies was not a lack of clarity. It was that the people interpreting the prophecies were interpreting out of their own experience, their own cultural context, their own desires.
When Peter thought about the Messiah he thought about how hard it was on his people that they were oppressed by Roman occupation and Roman taxation. He thought about the poverty and sickness and lack of leadership that the nation had.
Then he overlaid those thoughts with thoughts of his own grandeur. Being around Jesus had brought Peter out of the ranks of fishermen and into the realm of upcoming political party. The taste of ambition had to have been alluring.
For Jesus, the cross precedes the crown. There is no circumventing the process. For us as well—glory is coming, but it is to be revealed later, and it comes after suffering.
Delayed gratification, this is delayed glorification. Jesus promised trouble in this life, which includes the consequences of living in a fallen world, our sin, being sinned against by others, and then even persecution for living a godly life.
Pursuing temporary comfort, and trying to make this life exactly what you want it is folly. At times, it is going to conflict with Gods plan, and when it does you drop your expectations in worship or you feed it, and you end up like Peter (speaking in behalf of Satan).
What’s was Peter’s problem? Earthy-mindedness.
Our view of life is to be tempered and regulated by the knowledge of God and eternity. Peter’s thinking about life had become increasingly oriented around his own purposes.
If you remember, Peter left a great deal when he followed Jesus. He left behind his business ventures at the Lake as a fisherman. He left behind his wife (and if he had them children) for a season of ministry. Same Peter who saw Jesus walking on the water in the middle of the night on the lake, and stepped out into the stormy waters by faith. After they all got in the boat he along with the others exclaimed surely this is the Son of God.
Peter has seen so much. He’s watched Jesus multiply food for 15 to 20,000 people from a lunchbox; raise dead corpses back to life; instantly remove not only diseases and maladies instantaneously, but any and all traces of what was there.
Peter has seen Jesus’ power of demons—even large groups of them. And he has seen Jesus teach with all authority and confound the religious leaders in Israel.
Peter stands here as an indictment to us, and also a comfort. This is still Jesus’ chosen instrument, with all of his double-minded, unfaithfulness. He is on the one hand deeply committed to Jesus and his plan, and on the other hand, he hasn’t yet let go of his personal expectations on life.
And it is crippling to him here.
He hasn’t yet imbibed the words of Paul in
Romans 15:7-8—For not one of us lives for himself, and not one dies for himself; for if we live, we live for the Lord, or if we died, we die for the Lord, therefore whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.
Peter learned this truth well. In his first epistle he would write in
1 Peter 4:2—life the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for the lusts of the men, but for the will of God.
And he embraced suffering:
1 Peter 4:13…to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation.
Peter is speaking as someone who has actually lived out what he is telling others to do.
Acts 5:40–42—40 They took his advice; and after calling the apostles in, they flogged them and ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and then released them. 41 So they went on their way from the presence of the Council, rejoicing that they had been considered worthy to suffer shame for His name. 42 And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they kept right on teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.
For me, what are some of the areas? What Peter is struggling with right now is a discipleship that costs him so dearly. He has been willing to give up so much, but at the same time, there’s a boundary to his sacrifice.
Lord, I want to keep my own expectations intact, while following you. Jesus says, “you are as helpful to my purposes right now as Satan.” Because you are going against my agenda. When your selfishness gets in the way of obedience to God, you are opposing God in this manner.
First, and most obviously. Jesus calls Peter Satan. If Peter was merely confused then Jesus would have clarified. Perhaps gently rebuked, but not sharply, and He wouldn’t put it in the moral realm.
Second, the next instruction Jesus gives in vv. 34-38 as we will see is going to the high cost of discipleship. You want to follow Jesus, prepare to give your life for Him. This is where Peter is thinking man’s interests and not God’s. (Mark 9:32, 33-37; Mark 10:35-37, 41; Mark 10:35-38). If you cheat, and read ahead you find out that the disciples are going to have their minds set on the interests of man rather than God repeatedly.
And this is a legitimate pattern. We touched on it earlier in Chapter 8 so I don’t want to overstate the point, but this reoccurs. The instruction that immediately follows revelation of the nature of who Jesus is clarifies what the heart issue was that was driving the problem.
Well this is the tendency of our hearts.
Luke 24:1–27—1 But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men suddenly stood near them in dazzling clothing; 5 and as the women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living One among the dead? 6 “He is not here, but He has risen. Remember how He spoke to you while He was still in Galilee, 7 saying that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.” 8 And they remembered His words, 9 and returned from the tomb and reported all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. 10 Now they were Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James; also the other women with them were telling these things to the apostles. 11 But these words appeared to them as nonsense, and they would not believe them. 12 But Peter got up and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen wrappings only; and he went away to his home, marveling at what had happened.
21 “But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, it is the third day since these things happened. 22 “But also some women among us amazed us. When they were at the tomb early in the morning, 23 and did not find His body, they came, saying that they had also seen a vision of angels who said that He was alive. 24 “Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just exactly as the women also had said; but Him they did not see.” 25 And He said to them, “O foolish men and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! 26 “Was it not necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and to enter into His glory?” 27 Then beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures.
Christian this is your Lord and Master. A Suffering Servant. He rose again and purchased victory for you by the means of suffering and a cross.
The natural man rejects this truth, but blessed you of the Father if you see these things for yourself and believe them.
I’m so thankful for Jesus. His embracing of this plan. Enduring the cross, despising the shame. He didn’t shrink back from suffering and humiliation that He might bring many sons to glory. He purchased by redemption through this plan. He bought my forgiveness through this plan.
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