by David Cawston

The Peaks and the Valleys
David Cawston
Mark 8:27- 9:29


Life seems to be made up of two polarities.
Times of great triumph, success and vision
and times of discouragement, despair and uncertainty.

It is always helpful to identify where we are living at this moment.
It is OK be honest with ourselves.
Are we on the mountaintop or are we in the valley?

The purpose of these next few verses is to teach us how to get the mountain top into our valleys.
Isaiah declares in Isaiah 40:3-5
3 The voice of one crying in the wilderness: "Prepare the way of the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
4 Every valley shall be exalted and every mountain and hill brought low; the crooked places shall be made straight and the rough places smooth;
5 The glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together; for the mouth of the LORD has spoken."

I. Identify the peaks and the valleys

Our lives are filled with these peaks and valleys.
That is why these portions of scriptures are important for us.
They show us that the disciples and their relationship with Jesus were just as real as ours.

A. The mountain top of confession and the valley of rebuke

Mark 8:27-38
27 Now Jesus and His disciples went out to the towns of Caesarea Philippi; and on the road He asked His disciples, saying to them, "Who do men say that I am?"
28 So they answered, "John the Baptist; but some say, Elijah; and others, one of the prophets."
29 He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" Peter answered and said to Him, "You are the Christ."
30 Then He charged them that they should tell no one about Him.
31 And He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.
32 He spoke this word openly. And Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him.
33 But when He had turned around and looked at His discip ...

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