At the halfway point of the gospel of Mark we find the disciples making the declaration that Jesus is indeed the Messiah. The eighth chapter marks a transition in the gospel. The disciples acknowledge that Jesus is the Messiah but they cannot wrap their minds around how He is the Messiah. As Jesus begins to teach that He is a suffering Savior they resist His teaching. Though they resist Jesus lovingly and strongly rebukes and continues teaching and leading in preparation for the time when He will turn over the ministry of spreading the gospel to this group of faithful followers.