The FaithOfJesus2 Daily Devotional


kjv@Revelation:14:12 @ Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

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Today's Verse:


kjv@Mark:8:31 @ And he began to teach them, that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders, and of the chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.

kjv@Mark:8:32 @ And he spake that saying openly. And Peter took him, and began to rebuke him.

kjv@Mark:8:33 @ But when he had turned about and looked on his disciples, he rebuked Peter, saying, Get thee behind me, Satan: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but the things that be of men.

kjv@Mark:8:34 @ And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

kjv@Mark:8:35 @ For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it.

kjv@Mark:8:36 @ For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?

kjv@Mark:8:37 @ Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

kjv@Mark:8:38 @ Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinfu generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.

kjv@Mark:9:1 @ And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That there be some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death, till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power.

Today's notes:


Key Concepts:

filter:NT-GOSPEL Son of man

What is God's righteousness observed doing?:

What does this tell us about God's righteousness?:

How is man reacting?:


Three days - Jonah rebels and goes the opposite way from sinful Nineveh cross a stormy sea to be transported three days by God in the belly of a great fish to where he should have been. Jesus comes from the right place obediently into the stormy sinful sea and is transported three days in the belly of death back to where He spiritually comes from, to where He most passionately wants us also to be. Both transports are prepared by the LORD.

How can God (the Son of God) die? Isn't such blasphemous? Being in the belly of death does not mean the end of His existence nor His soul (that which is eternal), only to be absent from the mortal body; just as coming into this mortal body didn't make Him any less God. And it does not mean that He is in either hell (which is likely more blasphemous) nor Abraham's bossom the length of this time for He had told the thief on the cross that he would see Him that very day in HIS Paradise. The illustration of what happened to Jonah is as close an analogy to what Jesus is to go through as anything we could have and still understand.

Is it right for Jesus to be ashamed of us in the same measure as us being ashamed of Him? Let's rephrase it, for Jesus to be ashamed of us for being ashamed of Him when for all this time prior coming in the Father's glory HE has given us to resolve our shame? Let's rephrase it, when His survivors in this life have testified to having seen a glimpse of said glory and seen the kingdom of God come with power in the form of the indwelling Holy Spirit?

The structure here doesn't suggest that Jesus rebuked Peter in front of everyone openly as Peter had done, it suggests that He did so before the Team and then related the bigger message of this lesson the public by calling them back unto Him.

Key Messages:

    What does this say about our present condition?
  1. We don't really know about our present condition; not enough to know what to do about it. The one conclusion available is that there is nothing that we can do about it, not even the few things we actually know about it. It is from this bases that we judge God. Either we judge HIM for what HE proposes to do or for how HE goes about it or we judge that HE will have nothing to do with us. Regardless, we presume ourselves to be in the right without knowing what the right actually is.
  2. So why must Christ be rejected? Because HE God has been rejected by us all along without us admitting to it. It is not that Jesus has brought it all to this now, this is the way it always has been and it takes our ultimate rejection of Him to make that point legally clear. Legally His final judgment will not be made against us unfounded nor unproven whether 30AD or 2014AD.

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