John Piper is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & … He is not asking us to deny our basic humanity, our personhood. 35 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it. But the word of Jesus is, "If you're going to be my disciple, deny yourself, and take up your cross.". This is what Jesus is talking about. There is no use saying you choose to lie down when it has become impossible to stand up. We are all tempted, at times, to be nervous about professing to be a Christian, or to manifest it in certain circles. Only those who are disciples enter into an abundant life. Mark 8:34 $ 0.00. "If this is what you want," he says, "I'll tell you how to acquire it." Mark 8:34 • Mark 8:34 NIV • Mark 8:34 NLT • Mark 8:34 ESV • Mark 8:34 NASB • Mark 8:34 KJV • Mark 8:34 Commentaries • Mark 8:34 Bible Apps • Mark 8:34 Biblia Paralela • Mark 8:34 Chinese Bible • Mark 8:34 French Bible • Mark 8:34 German Bible Interlinear Bible Bible Hub We share a citizenship with those from every nation who call upon the name of Jesus. For 33 years, he served as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. But no sooner have we discovered who Jesus was and is, than, incredibly, he begins to speak about his death. So we must understand what he does mean by this phrase, "deny himself," which is the first step of discipleship. That is his meaning. Interestingly enough, it is the very word used to refer to Peter's denial of Jesus a little later on. Paul calls this "accepting the grace of God in vain," (2 Corinthians 6:1b). You watch his pen “draw out” meaning. Heavenly Father, thank You that I have been saved by grace - through faith in Christ. Nobody can break this law. And our Lord has made provision for failure in our lives. We are to deny that we own ourselves. But make no mistake; you are going to feel the pull to go back to self. It is important also to understand that he does not mean what we usually mean by "self-denial." But the interesting thing is that now, two thousand years later, we name our sons Paul, and our dogs Nero. So you no longer belong to yourself; he must make those final decisions when the great issues of your life hang in the balance. It is dishonest of me to pretend that I'm anything but a man -- small, weak, and limited. It is absolutely unbreakable. Is it not the very essence of wisdom, if you are going to invest time, and money, and everything you have, to make sure you are able to enjoy the result when you are through? They did not know what he meant. Many people feel it is only right to deny themselves something during Lent, to give up various bad habits, like wearing overshoes in bed. When it is stated in those terms, people sense immediately that Jesus is saying something very fundamental. By this we usually mean that we are giving up something. For we ask in Jesus' name, Amen. "Follow me" means obeying these and all the many, many other exhortations of Scripture. And he does this with us. This is what it means to be a disciple. So there is the answer to the question we asked at the beginning: Can a person be a Christian, and not a disciple? Here, in his own words, we look at what it means to be a disciple. Favoriting is a great way to keep a list of sermons, programs, and ministry resources in your account. You will find that all of the life you tried to grasp has slipped through your fingers, and you have ended up with a handful of cobwebs and ashes, dissatisfied, hollow and empty, mocked by what you hoped to get. Somebody said to me after the earlier service this morning, "What does it mean, to be ashamed of Jesus? We must deny this flesh and glorify Christ by walking in the Spirit! Some years ago I read an article entitled, The Art of Being A Big Shot,written by a friend of mine, a very prominent Christian businessman, named Howard Butt. You listen to John Piper. This was startling to the disciples, and it represents the turning point in the Gospel of Mark. When the tomb was opened, after being closed for centuries, the men who entered it found something amazing. He may answer, "Yes, I am. And that is the national religion of Hell! He says that not only is it worth it to gamble, but also that it is impossible to deceive: "For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of man also be ashamed, when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels." It will reduce you to the place where you will be ready to receive the gift of the grace of God." This is what Jesus means by, "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself" -- deny our self-trust, deny our self-sufficiency, deny our feeling that we are able to handle life by ourselves and run everything to suit ourselves. Reading Mark, we see Jesus is more than a great teacher. It must be. What do you really want of your life? Day by day, moment by moment, you are going to be faced with choices. Read more Share Copy Our Father, thank you that you are the kind of God who does not lie to us, but who tells us the truth right straight out, without hesitation. The Christian life is following Jesus, doing what he says -- like, "Love your enemy," (Matthew 5:44). Carved on the wall of the PBC auditorium is a verse taken from Paul's writings in First Corinthians, which says the same thing Jesus is saying: "You are not your own; you are bought with a price," (1 Corinthians 6:19b-20a). This is exactly the word Jesus chooses when he tells us that, if we are going to come after him, we must first deny ourselves. Close. I've got all the money I need. Suitable for apparel, scrapbooks, decals, and many other creative uses. If you take it that way, you have missed the point. Mark 8:34-37 . Now, we all struggle with this. "But lose your life for my sake and the gospel's," says Jesus, "lose your life by means of giving yourself away in the cause of Christ, giving up your right to yourself, taking up your cross and following me, and you will save it." This is what Jesus said to the men of his day. For permission to use this content, please review And I shall say, 'Depart from me, I never knew you, you workers of iniquity,'" (Matthew 7:22-23). Now we are not all good disciples at all times; there is much of failure. -- Can you be a Christian and not be a disciple? It involves following him. We refuse to be under anything or anybody, but reserve the right to make the final decisions of our lives. Do you get upset when a cashier will not cash your check? – Mark 8:34-35 In early summer 1942, six young German men and one young German woman formed the anti-Nazi resistance group the White Rose. He has ultimate rights; he has Lordship of your life. This is what Jesus is talking about. It means choosing to do or say what Jesus commands us to do or say, and what he himself did, and looking to him for the power to carry it through. This is what following him means. We do not have the final right to decide what we are going to do, or where we are going to go. What our Lord is talking about here is a settled way of life which outwardly expresses conformity to Christian truth, but inwardly adopts and follows and conforms to the values of the world. With it we begin the second half of our study in the Gospel of Mark. But the only way that we can find it is by means of a cross. Chapters 14 through 16, which conclude the Gospel, relate the events of the cross and the resurrection. We have been watching One who came as the servant of man -- healing, helping, comforting, restoring -- yet with such power and authority that, along with the disciples, our eyes have been opened finally to see that he is nothing less than the Lord of glory himself, that he is "The Servant Who Rules" in all the far-flung creation of God. It is radical. But it is the only way to life. It will not last forever. 34 Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. Or, if you can't avoid it, then strike back. That is one way to live, and millions are living that way today. I can't go it alone. And you expect us to react honestly. But he knew. Sermon Notes for Mark 8:34-38 - Mark 8:34-38 Following Jesus Sermon Notes for Mark 8:37 - Mark 8:37 Sermon Notes for Mark 8:37 - Mark 8:37 What Shall a Man Give in Exchange And the temptation is not wrong. He is author of, Mark 8:34–38: Save Your Life by Losing It, Mark 8:34–38: Being Ashamed of Jesus Is Deadly. Nobody had heard of Paul, while everybody had heard of Nero. Message transcript and recording © 2021 by Ray Stedman Ministries, owner of sole copyright by assignment from the author. I still feel there must be something beyond, something more that I haven't got." The second step immediately follows: "Let him deny himself, and take up his cross..." What does "take up his cross" mean? That is, making it worthwhile, making it complete and full and rich, worth the living. Yes, it is, in a way, but I do not think little incidents like this are what our Lord is talking about. Sometimes we find ourselves doubting the Lord’s concern for us and His ability to meet our needs. The long-awaited offspring God promised has come. Mark 8:34 Maori Na ka karangatia e ia te mano, ratou ko ana akonga, ka mea ki a ratou, Ki te mea tetahi tangata kia haere mai ki te whai i ahau, me whakakahore ia … Now, today, this moment, is our chance to choose the right side. And then he goes on to give us the motive which will move us in this direction: "For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it." In other words it raises the question that many ask: Can you be a Christian and not be a disciple? Daily devotional with John Piper. I am pretending to be God, and not man. After Jesus had announced the cross to his disciples, had been rebuked by Peter, and had rebuked him in turn, Mark tells us: And he called to him the multitude with his disciples, and said to them, "If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me." 35For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it. If we were to remember what He has done for us, particularly in rescuing us from sin when we were hopelessly lost, we would find ourselves more apt to trust that He will provide. But what is the good of saying you are on His side then, when you see the whole natural universe melting away like a dream, and something else -- something it never entered your head to conceive -- comes crashing in; something so beautiful to some of us, and so terrible to others, that none of us will have any choice left? When we do not feel like obeying or forgiving or praying, he tells us to do it anyway. I just bend over and tie my shoe.' 36What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? Ask the man who has everything, "Are you happy?" This does not mean only the big things in our life; it is the little things as well. He is not talking about giving up this or that, but about giving up our selves. This is to be a way of life, Jesus says. So it is not merely handicap or difficulty or trial. Most people in the world have no experience of lasting joy in their lives. The natural tendency is that I want to gratify myself. Then the third step is, "Follow me." It is the cross which brings this out. For this time it will be God without disguise; something so overwhelming that it will strike either irresistible love or irresistible horror into every creature. But, that feeling is my basic dishonesty. In the original Greek, these steps are stated in the present, continuous tense. Mark 8:34 Good News Translation (GNT) 34 Then Jesus called the crowd and his disciples to him. It works everywhere you sign in, even with the mobile app! Mark 8:34(NASB) Verse Thoughts When Jesus summoned the crowd to come, and listen to Him, together with His chosen disciples, and made His astonishing demand... that anyone who wanted to follow Him was to deny themselves, and take up their cross and follow Him... we find that this requirement was recorded immediately after Peter had pronounced his divine revelation from God. -- Are there many Christians, but only a relatively few disciples? Today we will take only that part of his preparation of the disciples which took place at Caesarea Philippi in the north of Galilee at the foot of Mount Hermon. Browse devotions about Mark, ... Today Daily Devotional is brought to you by: 1700 28th Street SE Grand Rapids, MI 49508. Peter denied that he had any connection with Jesus, said he did not know him, and affirmed his disavowal with oaths and curses. Thus he denied his Lord. My son, who is in high school, said to me the other day, 'You know, Dad, I've learned a way of saying grace before I eat in the cafeteria so that nobody knows about it. I had anticipated studying the Transfiguration with you at this time, but, as I worked through the passage, I found that the closing paragraph of Chapter 8 is so important, so central to the message of this entire Gospel, that we dare not hurry over it. Yet, on the way, as we shall see, he is still ministering to men, still healing, still comforting, still cleansing, restoring, and blessing men. He makes this very clear, right from the start. And he knew that after the awful events which were to come in Jerusalem, after the terrible, searing pain of those days was answered by the joy and the glory of resurrection, they would think these words through again and begin to understand what he meant. But Lord, I realise that to truly become a disciple of Yours, I … This really means, "Obey me." I can imagine the emperor, in his royal robes, seated upon a throne. It is our Lord's preparation of his disciples for the dire event that awaits him as he comes into Jerusalem. You will discover, not just in heaven some day but right now, that even though you may not have all the things others have, your life will be rich and rewarding and satisfying. Does criticism hurt, even when you know it is justified? May 23, 2017. It's appealing to me to feel that I am the master of my fate, that I run my own life, call my own shots, go it alone. Mark 8:34 ESV "And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me." For what can a man give in return for his life [soul]?" All these are minor forms of the cross at work in our lives. In Mark 8:1-13, Jesus stops teaching a crowd and attends to their needs by creating a feast for 4,000 people from a few fish and seven lo... Read Devotional Session 21 But many people think that a cross is any kind of trial or hardship you are going through, or any kind of handicap you must endure -- like a mother-in-law, or a ding-a-ling neighbor or a physical handicap. That is why the cross is so valuable to us. Father, we ask that you will help them to make the choice for life, and not for death, that by your power you will help them find the grace to say "Yes" to you, Lord Jesus, and to enter into life by means of the cross, which will humiliate them at times, offend them, expose their shame, cast out their pride. The Lord's word is that if we are going to be a disciple, we are not to be offended by these things, we are not to get upset about them; we are to welcome them. May 25, 2017. Mark 8:34-38: Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: "Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. There are three steps, he says: First, "If any man [anyone] would come after me, let him deny himself..." Notice that he does not say, "Let him hate himself." 34 And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. "Be kind to the ungrateful and the selfish," (Luke 6:35). It strikes right at the heart of our very existence, because the one thing that we, as human beings, value and covet and protect above anything else is the right to make ultimate decisions for ourselves. Many years ago, archaeologists discovered the tomb of Charlemagne, (the) great 8th- and 9th-century king and emperor of France. RayStedman.org/permissions. This is the way of life Jesus offers -- to lose your life like that. Jesus, the Anointed One, God’s only Son is here. This is God's part in the work of discipleship. Here was this obscure little Jew, bald-headed, big-nosed, bandy-legged, totally unimpressive in his physical appearance -- he says so himself in his letters. 18 At once they left their nets and followed him. Scripture: Mark 8:34–38. Mark 8:1–10. "That's my cross," we say. Jesus not only asks this question, but he also points out that there is no way we can cheat. The word "deny" means to "disavow any connection with something, to state that you are not connected in any way with whatever is in view." Soon there will be those who are preparing for a life together and we are invited to celebrate with them as they exchange vows. If you will permit me just a word of outline, so that you can see where we are going, this last half falls into two major divisions: Beginning with Chapter 8, Verse 34, and continuing through Chapter 13, we have what I am going to call The Way Of The Cross. The very fact that our Lord called the multitudes together with the disciples has raised questions in people's minds Many have wondered if this indicates that he was seeking to make disciples, i.e., evangelizing; or was he simply telling his own disciples what it will mean to live as disciples? Deep down within us, every one of us has a hunger for life and a desire to find it, to the full extent of what it was designed to be. From this point, Jesus is on his way to Jerusalem, to the darkness of Gethsemane's garden, to the judgment hall of Pilate, to the whipping post, and to the bloody cross. And he was a leader of an obscure, heretical little sect that was known only as troublemakers. Return to the Main Player. What a tremendous lesson from history to those of us who follow! I have to get help from other people, and I can't ultimately rely on myself. Most people in the world have no experience of lasting joy in their lives. Browse devotions about Mark, from the Today Daily Devotional library. all that God is for you in Christ explodes with faith, and joy, and love. Do you feel hurt when someone forgets your name? "Take up your cross, accept it, glory in it, cling to it, because it is something good for you. Abraham obeyed God, went out into a land he knew not where, on a march without a map, apparently careless of what would happen to him. In the feeding of the multitude, he told them to feed the crowd, and they did. Mark lays out the evidence of the uniqueness of this Jesus who taught with all authority. If you save your life, says Jesus, you will lose it. And this is fundamental to all discipleship. Is it not remarkable that it takes us so long to understand that if disobedience is the name of the game before we are Christians, then certainly obedience is the name of the game after we become Christians. I do not want to be kind to people who are ungrateful or selfish, but that is what the Lord says to do. This has been the theme of the first half of our study in Mark. Well, you can come to Christ, and all who come to Christ are given life, if they mean it when they come. The Teachings Of Jesus From The Gospel Of Mark. And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, ... Jesus in All of Mark - A Video Devotional. And so the cross stands forever as a symbol of those circumstances and events in our experience which humble us, expose us, offend our pride, shame us, and reveal our basic evil -- that evil which Jesus described earlier: "Out of the heart of man come evil thoughts, fornication, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, and foolishness," (Mark 7:22 RSV). The Gospel According To Mark. There is an illustration I often use to point up this truth. Website © 2021 by Ray Stedman Ministries. Discipleship is denying your right to yourself, and taking up the cross, accepting these incidents and circumstances which expose our pride and conceit, welcoming them, and then following him, doing what he says to do, looking to him for the power. Blue Letter Bible offers several daily devotional readings in order to help you refocus on Christ and the Gospel of His peace and righteousness. It is still there. The nature of genuine saving faith isn’t mere mental assent, but receiving all that God is for us in Jesus Christ. You will not waste it, but you will save it. We all want that. This is a very important question, and one our Lord himself will answer for us as we go on in our study. To them, the cross was but a very vague, hazy blur on the horizon of their minds. And he is not telling us that we are to abandon ourselves We cannot get outside of ourselves in any way. Lord, we pray in this crucial moment that many will decide. I can imagine the scene when the Apostle Paul appeared before Nero, the Roman emperor, to give answer to the charges against him. (Mark 8:38 RSV). The final issue is set forth in our Lord's words in the closing part of this paragraph: "For what does it profit a man, to gain the whole world and forfeit his life ["soul" is the Greek word]? Jesus did not come to call us to ultimate barrenness, weakness, darkness, and death. Mark 8:34-38. Are you rankled when you lose at tennis or golf? 17 "Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men." Any circumstance, any incident which does this to us, Jesus says, if we are a disciple, we are to welcome. As he was standing in the courtyard of the high priest, warming himself at a fire, a little maiden asked him, "Do you know this man?" Mark 13:24-37 As we begin not only the Advent Season, but also another church year, this Gospel Lesson implores us to be watchful and alert. “If any of you want to come with me,” he told them, “you … The other attitude is: lose it, i.e., fling it away, disregard what advantage there may be for you in a situation, and move out in dependence upon God, careless of what may happen to you. 34Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. ... You Can’t Buy a Soul Out of Hell Mark 8:34–38 May 23, 2017. I'm dependent on God for my very next breath. (Mark 8:34 RSV). -- Is discipleship a second stage of Christianity? Among many other good things he said, were these words which I quote because they are so illustrative of what our Lord means here: It is my pride that makes me independent of God. Praying through Mark 8:34 . The world says, "Escape. He called us to life, to richness, to enjoyment, to fulfillment. Second, the events at Jericho, on the Mount of Olives, and in Jerusalem. But that is not what Jesus means. This question hangs over our whole generation, as it has hung over every generation since that day. That is, deeds, not words, will tell the story. Daily devotional with John Piper. What foolishness that would be! Browse devotions about Mark, from the Today Daily Devotional library. It is bound to. I am amazed at people who say that they are Christians, but then blatantly, and even pridefully, acknowledge that they do not follow the Lord, do not do what he says. Mark: A Devotional Commentary: Meditations on the Gospel According to St. Mark (English Edition) eBook: Zanchettin, Leo: Amazon.it: Kindle Store I don't know how it is for every other pastor in the world, but I know how difficult it is for me (and some of my colleagues) to be as alert and watchful as we should be. John Piper May 23, 2017 805 Shares Look at the Book. It is not what we have said we believe; it is how we have acted that will make the difference. But he has told us that the way there means death. That is motive enough, certainly. This is not always a very appealing course, is it? (Mark 8:35 RSV). If it has any meaning in our lives at all, it is going to revolutionize us utterly, right to the very basic core of our being. I am sure that it must have struck these disciples and the multitude with very solemn and serious impact. It is what it meant to the disciples. Mark 8:34 New International Version (NIV) The Way of the Cross 34 Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. "Bear one another's burdens," (Galatians 6:2). He is never concerned about what we do so much as with what we are. I myself fail at this many times. We who live on this side of the cross find it easier to know what he meant. God is holding back, to give us that chance. Those are not merely wise and helpful words; they represent a way of life our Lord is setting out before us, to which we are expected to conform in the moment when we least feel like it. That is a very eloquent explanation of what Jesus means when he says, "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself. And yet how many lives are being built without any consideration of this question, or any dealing with the God who stands at the end of the road? That is really the question. He wants us to understand that this is going to shatter us, change us, make us into a different kind of people. Let us focus our attention now on these simple but very crucial words of Jesus, whereby he gives us the process of discipleship. It was a criminal's cross on which he was hung. Mark 8:34 English Standard Version (ESV). We can always be grateful that our Lord never has invited any to come after him without letting them know what would be involved. My pride is the idolatrous worship of myself. Browse daily devotions with Scripture passages fromMark, from the Today Daily Devotional library. There are many who are proving this today. Avoid the situation. I wish I had been present. You can see how radical this approach to life is, how different it is from the way the world around would tell us to act. You will find that you have everything you want, but you will not want anything you have. 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