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Jesus – you are the Messiah

Jesus – You are the Messiah

Welcome to Church today as we consider Peter’s inspired proclamation that Jesus is the Messiah, and our obedience to Jesus!

If you are visiting us today; a very warm and special welcome to you! We trust you will enjoy your fellowship with us as we Worship our Lord.

So far in Mark’s Gospel, the disciples have consistently been shown as ‘spiritually blind’. Jesus said earlier in ch 8, 18“Do you have eyes, and fail to see? Do you have ears, and yet fail to hear? And do you not remember? … Do you not yet understand?” and it’s into this spiritual blindness, that Peter exclaims to Jesus “You are the Messiah!”

On the surface this is wonderful, however like the Blind man at Bethsaida, Peter could only partially see. Jesus starts to openly proclaim that he was to undergo great suffering and be killed and rise again on the third day. And in response to this Peter goes on to rebuke Jesus. The Apostle Mathew records for us that Peter said “God forbid it, Lord! This must never happen to you” (Math 16:22)

Peter saw Jesus as the Messiah but he had a faulty view of what the Messiah was to do, and so Jesus in turn rebukes Peter saying “Get behind me Satan!” What a come down for Peter to be rebuked so severely by his Lord!

Like Peter, we need to understand that Jesus is the Messiah, the one prophesied to come and redeem God’s people. Unlike Peter, we have the advantage of knowing that Jesus death on the cross and rising to new life, as he promised, was the only way that our redemption could take place.

At Jesus resurrection Peter fully understood, and he and the disciples gave up their lives for this truth. May we all do what Jesus commands, and as followers of Jesus, take up our cross and follow Jeus. Whatever in life he calls us to do, may we do it whole heartedly, and joyfully to the glory of his name!

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