Today we are back in our study of the Gospel of Mark. The first half of this book showcases Jesus as the Sovereign Son who has come bringing the kingdom authority and power of Heaven to bear on all creation. Jesus has demonstrated in both teaching and miracles that He is the promised Messiah, the One who will rescue all that sin has stolen. You would think that, given His amazing teaching and displays of miraculous power, everyone would recognize His Messianic office, and gladly follow Him. But in that day as in ours, many just don’t see the truth. They overlook Jesus! And we who have found real life and purpose and gracious forgiveness of our sins wonder: Why do people overlook Jesus? The answer has everything to do with their hard hearts. They come looking for something Jesus doesn’t offer while being blinded to all that He does. They refuse to give up their expectations, and as a result, they miss the hand of rescue that is so very near to them in Jesus Christ, the Savior of souls.