‘No Sign Is Given’ (Mark 8: 29, HCSB) by Carley Evans

Jesus asks each of us, “Who do you say that I Am?”

The answer we give marks us for eternity. If we say with our mouths, “You are the Christ,” then we know the truth, and this truth sets us free — free from sin and death.

If we say, “You are a great teacher,” then we do not know the truth, and the lie we believe does not serve us well. Believing Jesus is only a great teacher may comfort us, but this lie does not save.

The Pharisees in an attempt to test Jesus demand a sign from heaven. “But sighing deeply in His Spirit, [Jesus] says, ‘Why does this generation demand a sign? I assure you: No sign is given to this generation!’ ” (Mark 8: 12)

Jesus asks His disciples who the people say He is. Some people say, “John the Baptist; others, Elijah; still others, one of the prophets.” (Mark 8: 28) In other words, the people recognize Jesus is an extraordinary man, but miss the obvious truth that He is more than just a man.

When Jesus asks Peter, Peter responds rightly, “You are the Messiah!” (Mark 8: 29)

Jesus does not deny Peter’s statement. Instead He warns His disciples to keep this truth to themselves for now.

2 thoughts on “‘No Sign Is Given’ (Mark 8: 29, HCSB) by Carley Evans

  1. Good post. And Jesus wants the same fellowship with each of us that He had with Peter. He wants us to experience the same divine revelation from the Father as to the authenticiy and worth of the loving Christ..Son of the living God. As we ‘draw nigh’ unto Him…and as He ‘draws nigh’ unto us….we fulfil His saying….Mt 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

    Again, good post.

    Carolyn / internetelias.wordpress.com

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