Lenten Blog – 2/25/2018

The Gospel reading for today is Mark 8:27-38. In this passage there are several great things.  We have Peter’s confession of who Jesus is (The Messiah), Jesus tells the disciples of the suffering and death He would face, and we learn about following Jesus.  That last one can be pretty challenging.  Jesus doesn’t describe a life of ease, free from pain.

Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.  For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it.” – Mark 8:34-35
Jesus describes a life that will include suffering, maybe even losing our lives.  One of the amazing things about Jesus, though, is that He isn’t asking anything of us that is more than He is willing to do Himself.  Right before He talks about us taking up our cross, He tells the disciples that He will be taking up a cross, literally, and giving His life for us.  So great is His love for us!  And we are reminded that death isn’t the end with Jesus.  The suffering is temporary.  Jesus would rise again in 3 days and we, too, will be raised with Him to eternal life.
In Christ,
Pastor Kurt

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