How Much Evidence Does It Take?
As Mark focuses on this eighth chapter, we come to the pinnacle of his gospel.
He is ultimately bringing all the readers from throughout all the centuries, to come to answer the questions about the Messiahship of Jesus Christ.
Is He really the Son of God?
That is why I have titled this section, "How much evidence does it take?"
Mark has been laying down since the beginning of the gospel, the evidences of the miraculous power and intervention of Christ and he continues here in the eighth chapter.
8 So they ate and were filled, and they took up seven large baskets of leftover fragments.(NKJ)
8 The people ate and were satisfied...(NIV)
There is a point of satisfaction that Christ is trying to answer in our lives.
How much evidence does it take for us to be satisfied that He is really the Christ?
* that He really is the Messiah,
* that He really is the Son of God,
* that He really did come to save man from their sins!?!
This eighth chapter opens with a miracle.
He feed four thousand in the wilderness.
4 Then His disciples answered Him, "How can one satisfy these people with bread here in the wilderness?"
I. He satisfies our hunger and how quickly we forget
Mark 8:1-10, 14-21
Jesus had compassion on the great crowd that had been with Him.
The disciples had forgotten what Jesus had done to multiply the loaves and fishes for another crowd a few weeks earlier.
And again they respond in verse 4, "How can one satisfy these people with bread here in the wilderness?"
He quickly replies, "How many loaves have you?"
"Seven" was their frightened answer.
Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks and gave multiplies pieces to the disciples to distribute among the people.
The same was done with the small handful of fish.
And after they had eaten, Mark gives us the astounding word, "And they ate and were filled or satisfied ...
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