Summary: Life is filled with quesions, some simple, some hard. Jesus Christ asked hard questions, three of which are recorded in the eighth chapter of Mark. They are: What do you see? What’s your opinion of Christ? What is worth losing your spiritual life?
Hard Questions that Jesus Asked
Life is filled with questions. Many require a simple yeas or no. But some questions are hard questions and require some soul searching to answer truthfully. Jesus Christ asked hard questions three of which are recorded in the eighth chapter of Mark. They are: What do you see? What’s your opinion of Christ? What is worth losing your spiritual life?
I. What do we see?
A. Mark 8:11-13 “Then the Pharisees came out and began to dispute with Him, seeking from Him a sign from heaven, testing Him. 12 But He sighed deeply in His spirit, and said, “Why does this generation seek a sign? Assuredly, I say to you, no sign shall be given to this generation.”
B. Jesus Christ had just finished performing the miracle of the feeding of the 4,000 and entered a boat and cross the Sea of Galilee whereupon they are approached by a group of Pharisees, who grieve Christ by challenge Him to authenticate Himself by asking Jesus to give them some miraculous sign from heaven. Jesus was grieved and sighed deeply by their question. He responds by asking them, "Why do you require signs? You’ve watch me. Why hasn’t the life I have lived before you been enough? You’ve seen or heard credible reports of the miracles. Why aren’t these enough? Why do you still need more?" Then he abruptly told them, "You will not be given a sign."
C. 1 Corinthians 1:22 “For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom”
D. 2 Corinthians 5:7 “For we walk by faith, not by sight.”
E. Too often we spend long periods of inactivity waiting for some sign from God, showing God’s approval. We have to believe and walk by faith, instead of waiting for signs from God that may never come. God is glorified when we step out in faith!
F. Mark 8:13-16 “And He left them, and getting into the boat again, departed to the other side. Now the disciples had forgotten to take bread, and they did not have more than one loaf with them in the boat. Then He charged them, saying, “Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.” And they reasoned among themselves, saying, “It is because we have no bread.”
G. After the encounter with the Pharisees, Jesus re-enters the boat and sails across the waters toward the shores near Bethsaida. While traveling in the boat Jesus told them, "Watch out for the leaven (or yeast) of the Pharisees and that of Herod." Leaven is an illustration of the invisible power of sin that subtly permeates and changes what it infects. While He is trying to give them this spiritual truth their mind is focused on the fact that they forgot to bring along any bread for themselves. The disciples hear the Lord’s warning and they immediately misunderstand what He is trying to say. Their minds are so focused on the material, physical world that they cannot see the spiritual side of anything. They were worried about bread to eat when they had one loaf