Thursday, November 24, 2011

The Mission Of The Messiah


Mark 8:31-33

The Messiah’s Mission Revealed (31)

The Jews looked for God to send a Deliverer.

They anticipated a great military leader who would defeat Israel’s enemies, restore righteousness to the land, and purify and restore Temple worship to its ancient glory.

When the Lord Jesus came preaching, teaching, healing and calling men to repentance, He was not what they were expecting their Messiah to be.

Thus, they rejected Him.

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The disciples recognized the Lord Jesus as the Messiah.

They believed that He was the Christ, the fulfillment of the prophecies and the promises.

But they expected Him to attack the Romans and deliver the nation of Israel from bondage.

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The Lord Jesus revealed His mission to His disciples.

The Lord Jesus called Himself “the Son of Man”.

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He did not come to this world to live as King.

He came to die as a slave.

He came to suffer many things.

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The Lord Jesus told His disciples that He would be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law.

He was referring to the Sanhedrin.

This was a council made up of 70 Jewish leaders, which functioned as the Supreme Court in Israel.

It passed judgment on all matters related to religion and everyday life in Israel.

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The Lord Jesus told them that He would be killed!

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The Lord Jesus told them that He would rise again after 3 days.

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The Messiah’s Message Rebuked (32)

When the disciples heard what the Lord Jesus said, they were dumbfounded!

The concept that the Messiah, the Christ would actually die was more than they could comprehend!

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Peter took the Lord Jesus aside and began to rebuke Him.

He just couldn’t see a cross in the Lord’s future!

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The Messiah’s Men Reprimanded (33)

The Lord Jesus responded to Peter’s rebuke very harshly.

He turned His back to him and looked at the rest of the disciples.

Then He rebuked Peter.

He said, “Get behind me, Satan! You do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”

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The Lord Jesus heard in Peter’s words the voice of Satan.

Satan was using Peter to attack the Lord Jesus.

Peter was speaking the words of Satan.

Peter was being used by the devil.

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The Lord Jesus commanded Satan to leave.

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The disciples were looking for power, glory and position.

But those things only come after the Lord Jesus had suffered for sin on the cross.

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God’s plan involved the death of the Messiah.

Anyone who opposed that plan was doing the work of Satan!

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What is our reaction to the gospel of the Lord Jesus?

When we hear about His suffering, His death and His resurrection, do we rejoice that He would do that for us?

Do we embrace His death and the payment for our sin debt?

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“The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again.”

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Let us rejoice and embrace the suffering, the death and the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.

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