Second Sunday in Lent

 Sermon Text: Mark 8:31-38

 Other Readings: Job 1:13-22 and Romans 5:1-11


 

  1. If Jesus is the almighty Son of God, then why does he say that he “must” go through these things?
     
  2. Why does Jesus call himself “the Son of Man?” Confer Daniel 7:13,14.
     
  3. How should we define what is a Christian’s cross?
     
  4. Look at Job 1:13-22. Identify Job’s cross(es).
     
  5. What are some of the external or internal crosses you bear right now? How can Romans 5:1-11 bring you comfort as you bear those crosses?

 


  1. While no one was forcing Jesus to do this (he was our willing substitute), Jesus did have to fulfill the Scriptures. He understood the necessity of doing everything that the Old Testament said needed to be done.
     
  2. That title emphasizes his humanity; Jesus is truly human. That title also emphasizes the preeminence of Jesus; he is not just a son of mankind but the one and only son that mankind needs to be their substitute. Finally, it pulls from a description of the Savior found in the prophet Daniel, but the people hadn’t attached as many misconceptions to “Son of Man” as they had to Messiah.
     
  3. A Christian’s cross is anything he or she bears because of his/her faith. That could be external persecution or internal self-denial. But here, Jesus does not mean self-denial in the sense that we must not allow comforts into our life; he means that we must say “no” to those things that are contradictory to the clear word of God, even if our human self says “yes!” to those things.
     
  4. Job’s crosses weren’t so much the tragedies themselves (though a case might be made based on Job 1:6-12). But Job’s cross was the temptation to set aside his faith, put himself number one, and begin to accuse God of wrongdoing. Job’s cross was more internal than external.
     
  5. Answers will vary based on personal experiences. May God pour his love into your heart through the Holy Spirit and work Christian perseverance, character, and hope in you!