by Brian Fletcher

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The Miracle Morning (4 of 4)
Series: Mark
Brian Fletcher
Mark 9:30-50

Introductory Remarks

So far we have been taking larger portions of Mark and looking at the themes found within them. This particular passage is two consecutive scenes in the life of Christ. The first scene takes place as Jesus and his disciples are passing through Galilee. As they are traveling Jesus tells his disciples a second time that the Son of Man will be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him. And when he is killed, after three days he will rise. The disciples are too afraid to ask Jesus to explain himself, because last time one of them asked, which was big mouth Peter, Jesus all but screamed at him, ''Get behind me Satan!''

The second scene is when they reach their destination which is the town of Capernaum on the northern side of the Sea of Galilee. Once there Jesus begins asking the disciples what they were discussing while they travelled. Jesus uses this as a teaching moment about what it really means to be his disciple.

Introduction: Confession of buying a Self-Help book, ''The Miracle Morning''

but the Bible offers a different approach to getting better, a different approach to becoming great, to be great you must become a servant and to be first you must be last.

The golden thread that weaves its way through this passage is the explanation of a SERVANT. As is often the case with Jesus' teaching, he explains, in what seems to be a counter-intuitive way, what it means to be great. In other places Jesus teaches; to love your enemies, to forgive your brother every time he sins against you, to pray for those who persecute you. All this seem to be the opposite of what we might think, but then again, Jesus is not always who we think He is. And that's why we need to pour over the Scriptures, watching, listening, learning, and obeying Jesus, the Son of God.

But as we dig in we are going to see that this is a very sobering passage. The life of the Ch ...

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