April 13, Reading 3 – Mark 8:27-9:13

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SAA Notes

The amazing thing is that Peter’s confession triggers Jesus’ revelation of His coming rejection, death and glorious resurrection. Then comes the meeting with Moses and Elijah. (Moses does get into Canaan through Jesus!) Mark 8:34-38 are most searching words!

SJA Notes

“For what can a man give in return for his soul?”

This is a big weighty statement, a truth from the lips of Jesus that should resonate in us.

It’s possible to pay for a lot of things, as well as cheat to get things, or bully or trick.

It’s possible to get things because other people like us, because we do things for them, because we offer ourselves in other-centeredness.

But neither path has a single iota of meaning when it comes to the eternal state of our souls.

Only Jesus has the purchase power, the energy and life to gain for us our souls.

And what can we give ONCE SAVED?

As Paul says in Romans 12, “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.”

* Gracious Father,

Thank You that You save our souls.

Please mark us a faithful servants who are offering ourselves up as living sacrifices.

Amen.

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