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When Peter was Ashamed

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Radio transcript for the week of April 24, 2016

John Allan preaches on "When Peter was Ashamed" on Seeking the Lost - International Radio.

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In a few previous lessons we've been trying to get a better appreciation of Mark 8:38 and what it means to not be ashamed of Jesus and his words. We have established that it means more than just saying we love Jesus and the Bible.

In our most-recent study we noticed from Mark 8:34-38 that we should be willing to lay down our lives for the cause of Christ: there's nothing in this world worth giving up our soul for. Now we want to go a few more paragraphs back in Mark 8. This should give us an even deeper appreciation of this important passage.

  • Mark 8:27-30: Peter confesses Jesus is the Christ
  • Mark 8:31: Jesus discusses his death and resurrection
  • Mark 8:32: Peter tries to rebuke Jesus (See Matthew 16:22 in connection)
  • Mark 8:33: Jesus rebukes Peter

Take a closer look at the end of Mark 8:33. Although I have no doubt Peter meant well, in effect he was denying the gospel and trying to tell Jesus it wouldn't happen. Surely Peter wasn't trying to be Satan or lend any support to Satan. But Jesus' words have consequences, and we must choose whether to honor them or be ashamed. Since these events are what prompted Jesus' discussion, we conclude that his statement in Mark 8:38 is linked to Peter's response to Jesus' teaching about his death and resurrection.

Even if we have the best of intentions, if we are denying what Jesus has said there's a sense in which we are ashamed of him and his words.

When it comes to obeying the gospel, Jesus said that he who believes and is baptized will be saved. Will you believe and obey those words of Jesus, or will you be ashamed of them?

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