Scripture: Matthew 16; Mark 8; Luke 9:18-27. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
The Pharisees and Sadducees had already decided not to believe in Jesus. They demanded a miraculous sign from Heaven, which, in turn, would convince them that Jesus was the Messiah. Jesus left them and went away instead of trying to impress them. Jesus had already been healing people, raising others from the dead, and feeding thousands of people. Jesus warned his disciples against wrong teaching, Peter says that Jesus is the Messiah, and Jesus predicts his death the first time. Follow along in Matthew 16; Mark 8; Luke 9:18-27!
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
The Pharisees and Sadducees expected a miraculous sign before they would believe in Jesus; however, they had already chosen not to believe. We should not expect God to prove Himself to us personally before we believe in Him. The Bible tells us of many miracles that God and His son had performed. When we step forward out of faith and believe in God, we will begin to see the miracles that God can work in our lives. God wants to use each of us to help others in this world find the doors to God’s eternal kingdom. He wants us to be His hands and feet, loving and helping others who need it the most. Peter had recognized that Jesus was the Messiah; however, Peter abandoned God’s perspective and evaluated the situation (when Jesus predicted his death) from a human perspective. Satan is always working in this world, and he tries to get us to leave God out of our lives. When we give our lives to God and to His will, it is then that we will discover the true purpose and meaning in our lives. We are also not to judge others; that is God’s job. God is always concerned with our needs, and He will take care of us and soften our hearts. Anything and everything is possible with God. 🙂
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, Thank You for the examples and stories that You have placed in Your Word for us to learn from. Thank You for the Books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and the lessons that come from each chapter. Father, we know that we are sinners, and we ask for Your forgiveness. Please help us to always follow Your ways for us, obeying and praising You through all circumstances in our lives. Please help us to love and obey You wholeheartedly. Please help us to love our enemies and to forgive those who have hurt us, as well. Please be with those who have rejected You, and help them to return to You, Father, before judgement. Help us to treat others with kindness, and help us to show the same traits to others as You do, following Your example. Help us to trust in Your care and provision in each of our lives. Even though we do not always get what we want in life, we know that You know what is best for us. Please help us to draw near to You, and please protect us from giving in to the pressures of this fallen world. We want to live Godly lives. When we face struggles in this life, Father, please help us to call upon You. Help us also to be more compassionate toward others who are struggling in this evil world, as well. Help us to be Your hands and feet in this world, and guide us in the right paths for our lives. Help us to trust in Your timing for our lives, and help us not to grow impatient. We thank You for Your son Jesus who died to free us from the slavery of our sins. Thank You for the unique gifts and talents that You give to each one of us; help us to work in unity with others to accomplish Your plan. Thank You for the promise of one day living in eternity with You. Please guide and protect us, our friends, families, pets, and our brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering. We love You and thank You for everything. – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.