It's true that many people don't truly understand what the cross means. But is it possible for disciples to not understand the meaning of the cross? The answer is "yes" according to Mark 8:22-38. In this lesson we connect what seems to be two unconnected stories with a lesson Jesus teaches about the true meaning of the cross.
As Jesus set his face toward Jerusalem and started walking the road toward the cross, he still interacted with people along the way. This lesson briefly examines four people from Mark 14 and 15 who had to make decisions about Jesus. All of us have to make these decisions too. Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe on YouTube
What causes Jesus to sigh? In Mark 8:11 some Pharisees asked Jesus for a sign which resulted in Jesus giving a disapproving sigh. Even today, our attitude and actions are sometimes a sign that causes Jesus to sigh.
Our culture demands we go, go, go. It translates into being busy, busy, busy. Biblically speaking, we must allow our faith to work and serve, but we must remember that work demands rest. In Mark 6:30-31, Jesus shows us after we work we should "rest a while."
You can't really reduce something as dynamic as salvation into a simple list of things to do, but we sometimes try. But this lesson is not what you might think. It's a story about five things four men did to help a man who needed Jesus. When we follow their "steps" we can bring others to Jesus!