Mark 8 – The Eyes of Love

Mark 8

27And Jesus went out, and his disciples, into the towns of Caesarea Philippi:

Caesarea Philippi is about 25 miles north of Bethsaidia and the Sea of Galilee. It stands on the south edge of Mt Hermon and is today called Banias. One of the sources of the Jordan river springs out from under a large rocky cliff that raises one 100 or more feet above the village.

Many idols were carved into the rocks at one time. What a perfect place for Jesus to ask this question

 

and by the way he asked his disciples, saying unto them, Whom do men say that I am?

What do men say about me? Who does the world think I am? 

 

28And they answered, John the Baptist; but some say, Elias; and others, One of the prophets.

Elijah because of the miracles that he performed

John the Baptist because of his preaching

One of the prophets because Moses promised it

 

 29And he saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?

Who am I to you?

And Peter answereth and saith unto him, Thou art the Christ.

 30And he charged them that they should tell no man of him.

 31And he began to teach them, that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders, and of the chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.

 32And he spake that saying openly. And Peter took him, and began to rebuke him.

Here is where His ministry began to take a new direction. He began to teach them about His mission and they didn’t understand. The Messiah had been prophesied as coming in power and strength. He would take back Jerusalem and free Israel from Roman oppression and the kingdom of God would be brought to earth

But now He is talking about suffering

Rejection by rulers and the religious leaders

Dying only to be raised up again the third day 

 

33But when he had turned about and looked on his disciples, he rebuked Peter, saying, Get thee behind me, Satan: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but the things that be of men.

 

Get thee behind me, Satan: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but the things that be of men.

We see two different reactions to these new revelations

 

Judas

There has been some focus on Judas recently by means of a transcript called “The gospel of Judas” which tells the story of the betrayal of Jesus in a different light.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Gospel of Judas is a Gnostic gospel purported to document conversations between apostle Judas Iscariot and Jesus Christ. The document is not claimed to have been written by Judas himself, but rather by Gnostic followers of Jesus. It exists in an early fourth-century Coptic text, though it has been proposed, but not proven, that the text is a translation of an earlier Greek version. The Gospel of Judas is probably from no earlier than the second century, since it contains theology that is not represented before the second half of the second century, and since its introduction and epilogue assume the reader is familiar with the canonical Gospels. The original Coptic document has been carbon dated to 280 AD, plus or minus 60 years.

According to the canonical Gospels of the New Testament, (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John), Judas betrayed Jesus to Jerusalem’s Temple authorities, which handed Jesus over to the prefect Pontius Pilate, representative of the occupying Roman Empire, for crucifixion. The Gospel of Judas, on the other hand, portrays Judas in a very different perspective than do the Gospels of the New Testament, according to a preliminary translation made in early 2006 by the National Geographic Society: the Gospel of Judas appears to interpret Judas’s act not as betrayal, but rather as an act of obedience to the instructions of Jesus. This assumption is taken on the basis that Jesus required a second agent to set in motion a course of events which he had planned. In that sense Judas acted as a catalyst. The action of Judas, then, was a pivotal point which interconnected a series of simultaneous pre-orchestrated events.

This portrayal seems to conform to a notion, current in some forms of Gnosticism, that the human form is a spiritual prison, and that Judas thus served Christ by helping to release Christ’s spirit from its physical constraints. The action of Judas allowed him to do that which he could not do directly. The Gospel of Judas does not claim that the other disciples knew gnostic teachings. On the contrary, it asserts that the disciples had not learned the true Gospel, which Jesus taught only to Judas Iscariot.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Who was Judas really?

Some claim that his name “Iscariot” can be translated as “Daggerman” meaning that he was a part of a sect of political activists. This would mean that he was a zealot, and a political activist looking for the perfect avenue of revolution against Roman occupation. Jesus would have seemed like the perfect catalyst for change.

Some say that this was the reason for his betrayal. He might have wanted to start the revolution through putting Jesus on trial. The people would have come together in outrage because they seemed to love Jesus so much.

Some think he betrayed Jesus in order to regain some money he had stolen from the money purse. He would get the money and Jesus would escape from the soldiers through some miracle just as they had seen Him do before.

Some believe him to be doing the will of God as evident in the “gospel of Judas”

He was evidently trustworthy. He held the money purse for the group and that was no small task. You wouldn’t let just anyone hold the money

He went out preaching. He worked with the others

Jesus washed his feet – with as much time attention and love as the others

Jesus knew what he was going to do. Did he love Judas????

Could you do that????

Jesus called him friend

Matthew 26:50 

47And while he yet spake, lo, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and elders of the people.

 48Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him fast.

 49And forthwith he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, master; and kissed him.

 50And Jesus said unto him, Friend, wherefore art thou come? Then came they, and laid hands on Jesus and took him.

He didn’t stop him from doing what was in his heart. He wasn’t calling him friend so that he would stop his betrayal

Is it so that Judas would repent???

He called him a devil. He said that it would have been better for him had he not been born

Now we know his reaction.

He was mindful of the things of man. He was mindful of his own things. He came to Jesus wanting his own things to happen. He was expecting war and he received love!!!

Don’t knock him. What are we mindful of?

Who is He to you?

Peter

The mouth of Galilee (the south)

He acted first and thought about it later

He chopped that guys ear off

He walked on water

He saw Jesus transfigured

He was part of the inner circle

He knew who Jesus was

Yet he still denied him – not once but 3 times

Jesus called him friend

And He called him Satan

Peter saw and received something that Judas didn’t

He saw grace

Luke 22:55-62

55And when they had kindled a fire in the midst of the hall, and were set down together, Peter sat down among them.

 56But a certain maid beheld him as he sat by the fire, and earnestly looked upon him, and said, This man was also with him.

 57And he denied him, saying, Woman, I know him not.

 58And after a little while another saw him, and said, Thou art also of them. And Peter said, Man, I am not.

 59And about the space of one hour after another confidently affirmed, saying, Of a truth this fellow also was with him: for he is a Galilaean.

 60And Peter said, Man, I know not what thou sayest. And immediately, while he yet spake, the cock crew.

 61And the Lord turned, and looked upon Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.

 62And Peter went out, and wept bitterly.

What kind of look do you think that was?

Anger

Hurt

Or love? Grace?

What do we really believe about Jesus?

What we believe motivates and molds us

How we treat others is how we believe He treats us

He did everything out of love for us

He was born in a body

He gave his blood – His life

He was crucified

But He was brought back – He was resurrected

 

34And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me

Who ever desires to follow Me

We come to Him empty handed

We receive grace when we come to Him. We agree that sin is sin and we confess that we are lost without Jesus. We desire to come after Jesus

Ephesians 2

 4But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,

 5Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

 6And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

 7That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.

 8For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

 9Not of works, lest any man should boast.

We are redeemed through his blood!!!

 

 let him deny himself,

We receive regeneration – the new birth – we are reconciled by the Beloved – Jesus Christ

6For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.

 7For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.

 8But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

 9Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.

 10For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.

 11And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.

When Jesus was baptized – He rose from the water and there came the voice of God saying

“This is my beloved Son in Whom I am well pleased”

WHEN WE ARE SAVED – WHEN WE BECOME INDWELLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT – WE BECOME JOINT-HEIRS WITH JESUS

Ephesians 1:4

 4According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

 5Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,

AND WE HEAR THE FATHER SAY “THIS IS MY BELOVED IN WHOM I AM WELL PLEASED”

and take up his cross – DIE TO ONESELF

WE RECEIVE JUSTIFICATION – WE ARE FREE FROM THE PENALTY OF SIN

ROMANS 6:22-23

22But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.

 23For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 12

 1I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service

 

and follow me.

WE WALK IN SANCTIFICATION

A DAY BY DAY WALK WITH THE LORD

Romans 6:4 

4Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

AND EVENTUALLY WE WILL BE GLORIFIED

ROMANS 8

28And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

 29For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

 30Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

 

 35For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.

 36For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?

 37Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

 38Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.

WE MUST LET HIM LIVE IN US

WE MUST LET HIM LEAD US

WE MUST HIM LOVE THROUGH US BECAUSE OF WHAT HE HAS DONE FOR US AND WHAT HE WILLS TO DO FOR OTHERS

BUT WE HAVE TO SEE THINGS THROUGH HIS EYES – THE EYES OF LOVE

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About Clint Rodgers

I am a father of 2 wonderful children and the husband of a beautiful woman who has taught me more about compassion for goofballs than I could have ever learned. I have know Jesus for many years but about 5 years ago I truly met Him and now I do my best to follow Him as I walk in this world
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