What Did Messiah Come to Do?

October 30, 2022 Speaker: Tim Rice Series: The Gospel of Mark

Passage: Mark 8:27-38

Memory Verse for the Week: Mark 8:33-34 (ESV)

But turning and seeing his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.” And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.

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Intro: When are predictions keenly helpful?

How is suffering a daunting mystery?

How did Jesus work against our twisted expectations?

Even through all of Jesus’ predictions of anguish, how is there still hope?


1. Worship the LORD for His trustworthiness, especially in the face of all the world’s promises that are never kept. Praise God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit that He can be trusted to keep His Word even to His own hurt.

2. How have you sought to live without ever having to suffer? Confess your fears and folly to Jesus, asking Him to not only forgive you but also to secure you, eternally changing your heart by His love.

3. Give thanks to Jesus for His resolve to satisfy justice for sinners like us who have rebelled. And thank Him for His work through suffering and death to conquer death by first dying and then being raised to life.

4. Who do you know that is baffled by God’s plan to work through death and resurrection? Pray for them, asking the Lord to open their eyes to the realities of evil and Jesus’ power to save them from their sin and unbelief.

5. Ask the Holy Spirit to give you insight and confidence in Jesus’ promises to raise you to new life with Him. Pray for joy and hope in Jesus’ guarantee that we will be raised – and that He will resurrect us as He was resurrected.

Looking Back

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