Here we come to one of the most important passages in Mark’s gospel
(Mark 8:34-9:1). Just prior to our passage, Jesus is declared to be the Messiah, the long-awaited King and Savior for God’s people (Mark 8:29)! And then something very unexpected happens. Jesus begins to unpack His vocation as Messiah, not as a violent revolutionary bent on the destruction of the pagans in Rome, but as One who had come to die (Mark 8:31). His mission would take Him to the Cross where He would suffer the wrath of God in our place to give us peace with God! Immediately after this earth-shattering declaration, Jesus issues forth an invitation for radical discipleship. It’s radical because it’s so counterintuitive. Jesus requires those who follow Him to deny themselves and to be willing to give their very lives for Him and the gospel! The invitation to follow Jesus moves one to first count the cost! But remember this: This is possible to do when the value of the one being followed (and their mission) outweighs the cost of following! If Christ is of supreme value, then you’ll follow Him regardless of the cost! He outweighs the cost! He is worthy! Follow Him!