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Mark 8: 27-35

The Word of God

Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked his disciples, ‘Who do people say that I am?’ And they answered him, ‘John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.’ He asked them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’ Peter answered him, ‘You are the Messiah.’ And he sternly ordered them not to tell anyone about him.

Jesus Foretells His Death and Resurrection

Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, ‘Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.’

He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, ‘If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it.

Mark 8: 27-35
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    • The same question is always relevant: /Who is Jesus?/ Peter said You are the Messiah. That is, Jesus is the one sent by God to set his people free. Do I allow Jesus to be my Messiah and set me free? If not, what is holding me back? Can I talk to him about it?
    • People seemed to wonder who Jesus was. After hearing him speak or watching him healing the sick, they might compare him to John the Baptist or one of the prophets and they wondered had these come back to life. They knew that there was more to him than met the eye; more to the meaning of his words than they would initially hear.
    • Jesus can always surprise us; every time we read a bit of the gospel we can learn something new about him or about ourselves.
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    • The same question is always relevant: /Who is Jesus?/ Peter said You are the Messiah. That is, Jesus is the one sent by God to set his people free. Do I allow Jesus to be my Messiah and set me free? If not, what is holding me back? Can I talk to him about it?
    • People seemed to wonder who Jesus was. After hearing him speak or watching him healing the sick, they might compare him to John the Baptist or one of the prophets and they wondered had these come back to life. They knew that there was more to him than met the eye; more to the meaning of his words than they would initially hear.
    • Jesus can always surprise us; every time we read a bit of the gospel we can learn something new about him or about ourselves.
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    • This crucial moment draws the first half of Mark’s gospel to a close. Jesus is not a triumphant but a suffering Messiah. On a surface level, Peter gets Jesus’ identity right. But he is reprimanded for his earthbound vision: he seeks to bend Jesus’ words and ways to his own all too human thinking. He learns that compromise has no place in Jesus’ life.
    • Lord, your question to the disciples echoes down the centuries, and I hear it addressed now to me. Strengthen the bonds between us. May our relationship influence my living. Keep me close behind you, as I pick up the crosses and burdens that come from being your disciple.
    • Jesus can always surprise us; every time we read a bit of the gospel we can learn something new about him or about ourselves.