Mark 8:31-33 Prophet, Priest, And King.
Mark begins to go into greater detail on the reality that the Messiah, the Christ, the Anointed One, was anointed to more than a prophetic office. “He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again” (v. 31). Jesus would need to fulfill his office as Priest, in offering up himself as a propitiation for our sins (Rom. 3:25; Heb. 2:17; I Jn. 2:2). The religious leadership rejected this message. They wanted a king without the priestly work. They didn’t think they needed propitiation. However, by seeking his death they were inadvertently effecting the plan of God for his people. Even Peter needed to be rebuked for not understanding the full-orbed work that would be required of the Anointed One (vv. 32-33). This was the road he had to take to his kingly reign – which began when his sacrifice of himself was accepted, and he rose again from the dead.