Archive for June 21st, 2017

Mark 9

Mark 9 begins with Jesus and His three closest disciples up on the mountain where Elijah and Moses appear.  It was quite a shock to their system, but after they were gone God tells them “This is my beloved Son; listen to him”.  Here is some great advice – we need to listen to and obey Jesus.  Seems pretty basic but we often struggle with the simple stuff.  Jesus was sent by God to this planet for a specific purpose – to provide a way for us to deal with our sin problem that will lead us to eternal separation from God someday if not addressed.  We need to listen to Jesus and the Words He shared in scripture.

The disciples come down with Jesus from the mountain and see a crowd gathered with the scribes and other disciples engaged in an argument.  Jesus comes along and asks what is happening.  The issue seems be around a young child who had a demon possessing him that the disciples couldn’t cast out.  The father pleads for Jesus to help.  “But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us”. He doesn’t hesitate and “Jesus said to him, If you can….All things are possible for one who believes”.  There is power if faith.  We need to recognize that the limit is us, not Christ!

As they left this place and were traveling down the road, the disciples were arguing about who was the greatest among them.  Sounds like something normal people might do.  Jesus asks “What were you discussing on the way”?  It wasn’t that He didn’t know, but He wanted them to verbalize it.  “But they kept silent, for on the way they had argued with one another about who was the greatest”.  They knew they were talking about the wrong things, but they weren’t about to admit it.  So Jesus gives them the truth about their discussion: “If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all”.  You don’t get to the top of the heap by claiming to be greatest and rushing to the front of the line.  Greatness comes from serving others.

Jesus gives them another principle as this chapter closes.  “Salt is good, but if the salt has lost its saltiness, how will you make it salty again?  Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another”.  As Christ Followers, we are to be the salt of the earth.  But in order to do that, we must be careful we don’t lose our saltiness.  You and I, as Christians, are called the salt of the earth because our lives enhance and give meaning to this existence we call life. Before salvation, we were like grains of sand, too numerous to count. But after receiving Christ, we were transformed – no longer a piece of sand, but something distinctive in taste, texture, and aroma.  We need to remain different than the world from which we came.  We need to be salty!

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