Bible Reading Blog — February 10, 2016

10 Feb

Today’s Readings — Numbers 32-36 & Mark 8:27-30

Matthew gives more details about Peter’s confession of Jesus as the Christ, or Messiah, than Mark. But the position of the story in Mark’s gospel makes Peter’s confession the pivot point for the whole book. Up to this point, it has been a steady upward climb of popularity and power for Jesus. But with this passage (and the next passage where Jesus speaks of His coming death and resurrection) the journey of Jesus toward the cross begins. Roughly halfway into the book of Mark, this passage divides the whole book into two parts. Tim Keller says the first half of the book is about the King and the second half is about the Cross. I think he is right, though you could say it in many ways. The center of the gospel of Mark is Peter’s confession of Jesus as the Son of God.

Interestingly, the first verse of Mark affirms Jesus as the Son of God as well. And then, the gospel of Mark hits a high point at the end with the Roman soldier’s confession, when he saw how Jesus died, said, “Truly this man was the Son of God.” So at the beginning, middle and end of the gospel of Mark there is this statement of Jesus as the Son of God. Mark is inviting his readers to consider the same question Jesus posed to His disciples, “Who do you say that I am?”

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