Psalm 2:1-12; Mark 8:27-9:8
We’re going to think together about Jesus is and what He has done for us. We’re also going to think about keeping our eyes on Jesus and living for Him.
(1) We begin by looking at two questions – “Who do men say that I am?” and “Who do you say that I am?” (Mark 8:27,29).
– Men say, “John the Baptist, Elijah, one of the prophets” (Mark 8:28).
– Peter says, “You are the Christ” (Mark 8:29).
There is a third question – Who does God say that Jesus is? He says, “This is My Beloved Son” (Mark 9:7).
(2) The Gospel is not only about who Jesus is. It’s also about what He has done for us.
In Mark 8:31, Jesus speaks of His death and resurrection.
When we look at Jesus’ death, we can look at the human story – He was “rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes.” He was “killed” by His enemies.
When we read on to the end of Mark 8:31, we find Jesus speaking of His resurrection. This is more than a human story. This is God at work.
When we read about Jesus’ resurrection, we know that the human story of Jesus’ death is not the full story.
Jesus said, “The Son of Man must suffer many things.” This is more than a human story. “Must” – This is the divine “must.”
Jesus died because God sent Him to this earth to die for our sins.
(3) We must keep our eyes on Jesus and we must live for Him.
Jesus calls us to follow Him and live for Him (Mark 8:34-38).
How are we to follow Jesus? How are we to live for Him.
At the end of the transfiguration, we read that Peter, James and John looked up and saw no-one but Jesus only (Mark 9:8).
We must fix our eyes on Jesus and keep our eyes on Him.

This lies at the very heart of the life of following Jesus.