QT – Mark 8

Vs. 27, “Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, “Who do people say I am?”  As the disciples journey with Jesus, they are learning more and more about Him.  In the beginning of this chapter, we see Jesus feeding the 4000 (Vs. 1-8)…there were definite differences in this miracles compared to the 5000.  For one, the main audience this time around were Gentiles.  With the continued opposition of the Pharisee’s, Jesus would use the example of bread to teach the disciples about false teachings (vs. 14-21).  And lastly, we see Jesus really explain in detail his impending death…though the disciples still did not understand (vs. 27-39). 

Regarding application…Seeing is Believing.  Vs. 11, “The Pharisees came and began to question Jesus. To test him, they asked him for a sign from heaven.”  The philosphy of so many throughout the ages is “seeing is believing”.  Yet, that goes against the very essense of faith: believe in something we do not see (Heb. 11:1).  Besides, as I have said before…miracles do not save us.  If our Father in Heaven decides to show us a sign of His love in a supernatural way…than who am I to say otherwise.  But, I think the important lesson here is to not be so presumptious as to expect God to do something for us (the emphasis of sign gifts) in an “extra”ordinary way.  The true miracle lies in Jesus dying on the cross so that we would have a “second chance”…if we need more than that, than shame on all of us!