Week 7, Friday, Mark 8:27-30

 Mark Devotions

by, Rev. Sunil Balasundaram

Go to Mark 8:27-30

[Please do read the passage before (or after) reading the devotion.]


“Who do you say I am?” That’s a strange question to ask someone who’s been with you constantly for three years. But before that Jesus does as opinion poll of his disciples as to what other people thought of him. Apparently there was talk about Jesus that made him fit in the prophetic line; what he did and how he did it fitted that profile. It is then that he asks this personal question of his disciples who had been with him about three years. Peter gave the right answer (and Matthew 16:17 tells us how), even if he doesn’t fully understand (as will be seen tomorrow). But the question is asked of us too. We think we know the answer: this is Jesus, my Savior. But is that enough? It wasn’t for Peter. It wasn’t for Paul as well; which is why he would write even after several years of knowing Him, “I want to know Christ…” (Philippians 3:10).


Prayer: Yes, I know you Jesus. You are my Savior; you are my Lord. But then I realize that I know almost nothing of your vast love and forgiveness, your majesty and holiness; I have only scratched the surface. I want to know, O Christ. I want to grow in this experience of who you within me and around me. I want to know your pain, your pleasure. “Oh, I want to know you more! Deep within my soul I want to know you. To feel your heart and know your mind, looking in your eyes stirs up within me, cries that say I want to know You…” Amen


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