We have reached the climax of the first act of this gospel. For the first time in the gospel someone will call Jesus the Christ, and we will see his response.
Read Mark 8:22-33.
Simple Questions for Small Groups:
To start your group, have everyone share one way they have seen God at work in their life this week.
1. The miraculous healing of the blind man is a parable. The progressive healing the man receives is a picture of the progressive healing of our spiritual blindness. In what ways can you relate to the idea that your spiritual growth is often “blurry?”
2. Spiritual blindness is cured by truth. What truths about Christ and the gospel have you been wrestling with or understanding more and more over the past year?
3. What does it mean that Jesus is the Christ? Peter and the Disciples would have seen him as a political Messiah. Did Jesus see his ministry this way?
4. Ask each other: Who do you say that Jesus is?
5. Review the Fighter Verse- Philippians 2:10-11. so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Do you see Jesus as both your Savior and King? Are you bowing to Him in your daily life?
For Deeper Discussion:
A. Spiritual Blindness.
1. “Spiritual blindness occurs when we misunderstand Christ.” How do you understand Christ? In what ways might you misunderstand Christ?
2. Do you believe that Jesus is God or just a good man?
*Remember if Jesus is just a good man you maintain your self- sufficiency but you lose your eternal life.
3. Spiritual Depression can occur when we don’t understand all the truths of Christ, and so we become content with where we are spiritually and stop growing. Have you experienced this “spiritual depression” in your own life?
4. How did the Blind Man’s honesty with Jesus bring complete healing? How might you be more honest with Jesus about your spiritual blindness?
5. In what way did the Blind Man rely on community? In what ways have you found community to be necessary for your spiritual growth?
II. Jesus is the Christ.
6. Re-read Mark 8:27-33. In what ways did Peter understand who Jesus was, and yet completely misunderstand who Jesus was?
7. Why did Jesus have to die?
a. The Cosmic Necessity- Jesus’ death reverses the curse and redeems all creation.
b. The Legal Necessity- Jesus’ death pays the sin penalty owed to a holy God.
c. The Personal Necessity- God’s love for us demands his death to restore intimacy.
Which of these truths stand out to you? How can you meditate on each of these truths this week?
8. Read Galatians 2:20. How can knowing that Christ indwells you help to cure your spiritual blindness? What truths does this verse open up for you and your heart?
This week read the stories in Mark 8:22-33 with your children.
Help your children to understand that Christ and Messiah basically mean Hero. The people wanted a hero to come and rescue them.
But God would send the ultimate hero- himself. As you talk about your kids’ favorite superheroes. Keep reminding them that God is the ultimate hero. Jesus is the one that saves the day. And then he gives us the love and power we need to be a hero too- helping and serving others.
This passage also provides a great opportunity to talk about why Jesus had to die for us. Our sin separates us from God but His great love for us drove him to the cross. Do your children know this? Understand this?