Mark 8:27-38 (5)


Jesus the Messiah
Reading: Mark 8:27-38
Blanks: what about you, suffer, rise, God, deny, save, words

Jesus was doing good and healed many people.
But then Jesus wanted to have a break.
(3) So Jesus came to here Caesarea Philippi.
Here Jesus wanted to rest and asked some important questions to his students.

You see, about this time, many people heard of Jesus.
But not many people understood who Jesus is.
(3) For example, some people said:
“Jesus is John the Baptist who came back to life.”
Some said:
“Jesus is Elijah who came back to life.”
Some said:
“Jesus is one of the prophets who came back to life.”

If you think about it, all these are complements.
They were saying that Jesus was special.
But that didn’t mean that they understood who Jesus is.

So at least, with his students Jesus wanted to talk about this.
(3) So, Jesus asked them:
“Who do you say I am?”

Peter answered:
(4) “You are the Messiah.”
And other students nodded in agreement.
Then Jesus asked them not to tell anyone that he is the Messiah.

(3) Maybe because they got wrong expectations about what the Messiah would do.
They got wrong ideas about what the Messiah would do.
They might have thought that Jesus would become their king and reign like King David.

(3) So Jesus might want to explore these questions with them:
What does it mean to them that Jesus is the Messiah?
Do they think that Jesus will build a nation in God’s power?
Do they think that Jesus will create peace with his superpower?
Do they think that Jesus will destroy their enemies?
Do they want to become his right hand men?
Do they expect that Jesus will appoint them as the officers in his new kingdom?
What does it mean to them that Jesus is the Messiah?

(3) Here at Caesarea Philippi far from Jerusalem, for the first time Jesus talked to them about the death and resurrection of the Messiah.
(4) Jesus said:
“The Messiah must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again.”
This is how the Messiah would live.

(3) Peter didn’t understand it or like it.
So, Peter was like:
“You got it all wrong.
You are the Messiah.
You don’t need to suffer like that.
So, don’t you ever say like that?”

(3) Then what did Jesus say?
Did Jesus say:
“Ok, I will forget about it.”
Did Jesus say:
“No, I don’t agree with you.”

(4) Jesus said something like this to Peter:
“Get behind me, Satan!
You do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”

(3) Then Jesus challenged his students to follow him saying:
“Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.
For whoever wants to save their life will lose it.
Whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it.
What good is it for you to gain the whole world, but lose your soul?
What can you have in exchange for your soul?

Then Jesus said:
“If you are ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, I will be ashamed of you when I come in my Father’s glory with the holy angels.”

(3) Jesus brought them here, Caesarea Philippi, to explain how the Messiah would live according to the Bible.
Then, from here, Jesus decided to go to Jerusalem to die.

(3) On the way, Jesus said again and again: Mark 9:30–32, 10:32-34.
“We are going up to Jerusalem.
I will be delivered over to the chief priests and the teachers of the law.
They will condemn me to death and will hand me over to the Romans, who will mock me and spit on me, hit me and kill me.
Three days later I will rise.”

(3) Some bad things were happening in Jerusalem.
Some bad things were happening in the temple of Jerusalem.
So they were not able to serve God with their hearts.

(3) So Jesus said what they were doing was not right.
So Jesus was not going to be part of what they were doing.
Also Jesus would not force them to follow his way.
Jesus was not going to use his superpower to change them.

Instead, Jesus chose a method of nonviolent resistance.
Jesus went and resisted their wrong doings in the most peaceful way.

(3) Then they tried to kill Jesus, who opened the eyes of the blind man to see, who raised a death man to live and who taught about loving his enemy.

(3) So Jesus showed his ability to suffer for the truth.
Then he died for the truth.

Then they felt bad about that they did.
Then some of them truly repented of their sins.
And like this Jesus awakened their souls.

(3) That is why Jesus went to Jerusalem with his students.
They needed to learn this lesson of nonviolent resistance.

Following Jesus to Jerusalem, they watched how the Messiah lived.
Experiencing these, they learned to have the same mind with Jesus.
Experiencing these, they learned how to resist nonviolently.
Experiencing these, they learned to suffer like Jesus for peace.
They learned to live for the truth in the most peaceful way of Jesus.
In this way, they learned to love everyone, especially their enemies.

After rising again, Jesus sent them to persuade more people to live for the truth like this.
They helped people to love others like Jesus the Messiah.
Then they were able to live in harmony with Jesus and live in peace with God.

Let’s pray:
Jesus, thank you for teaching us how to live for the truth.
Thank you for teaching us how to live for you.
Help us to also resist nonviolently and peacefully for the truth.
In this way, may we be able to live like you.
In Jesus name, we pray.

Pastoral Prayer 20

Thank you, Jesus the Christ for inviting us to your table today.
Thank you for inviting us to be one with you.
May you clean our mind and body as we partake in this communion.

May we become one with you by participating in this communion.
May our life be the extension of your life on earth.
May we carry your presence in the world.
May the world be renewed by the way we live and speak.

Jesus the Christ, thank you for loving us and giving your life for us.
May we also offer our life to you as you have offered your life for us.

Jesus, now we entrust to you our family and friends who ask for our prayers, who pray for us, and whom we name before you now in silence. (speak out the names)

Whether the names are spoken or remained in our heart, Jesus, be with them.
Let your presence known in their mind and their body.
Heal them and make them well.
Energy them so that they may be able to serve you and worship you.

Jesus the Christ, you have promised us that you would never leave us or forsake us.
May you renew us and remake us.
Touch and heal our minds and bodies and fill them with your love.

Now as we pray together the prayer you taught us, may our mind and heart be your mind and heart.
May you pray through us, in us and for us:

“Our Father in heaven, holy is your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.
For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”


Mark 11:1-11


Jesus lives in peace and for peace
Reading: Mark 11:1-11
Additional readings: Colossians 3:15, Philippians 4:7
Blanks: Go, find, asked, Jesus, Blessed, temple

Today the United States of America is a powerful nation on earth, right?
But in the time of Jesus, the Roman Empire was a powerful nation on earth.
They were prosperous.
Their military power was powerful enough to rule many nations.
Then this Roman Empire called their Emperor their savior and god.
They also asked these nations to follow their way of life.
They were like:
“We are doing you a favor.
We are creating peace on earth.
It is called the peace of Rome.”

To maintain that peace, they killed and crucified those who rebelled against their rule.
Even they crucified Jesus.

But then his students of Jesus continually believed in Jesus and followed his way of life.
They continually preached the story of Jesus spreading all over the places.
They said that Jesus is their King, their Savior and their God.
Then they continually worship Jesus.
They proclaimed the peace of Jesus the Christ.

But these Christians didn't believe in any military power.
Instead, they believed in the power of Jesus.
So they lived peacefully and nonviolently.

But then the Roman Government tried to get rid of this faith of Jesus Christ.
They killed them and forced them to follow their way of life.

Because of this persecution, some Christians went to live underground and kept their faith.
Some of them were crucified like Jesus.
Some of them were willing to die for Jesus.
Many Christians died because they believed in the way of Jesus.

Then some of them tried to persuade the Roman officers that Christians were good for their nation, because they served the poor; they spoke the truth; and they lived peacefully.

Then one day one Roman Emperor became a Christian.
Following this, many people also became Christians.

Then eventually the Christian church became very powerful.
They had the political power and even military power.
Then the church was misled.
They didn’t follow the way of Jesus anymore.
Instead, they followed the way of Roman empire:

They judged the kings.
They persecuted those who disagreed with them.
They killed people in the name of Jesus, saying that they were heretics.
They made a lot of mistakes.

If we don’t understand Jesus and his way, we may be like this.

In fact, even in the time of Jesus, some people wished that Jesus would become their military king and get rid of the Romans and make an independent Jewish state.

So on the Palm Sunday, when Jesus like the King of Peace, was riding a donkey and entering Jerusalem, people shouted:
“Save us now!
May God bless you who come in the name of the Lord!
May God bless the coming kingdom of our father David!
May God save us from the highest heaven!”

Yes, he had the super power and authority.
Jesus had God’s power.
But Jesus didn’t use his superpower to fight.
Jesus lived in peace and live for peace.

In fact, Jesus chose to die for the way of God.
Jesus was like:
“Live in peace.
Live for peace.
That is what God wants.
Understand this and have God’s peace.

“Don’t build peace out of fighting and battles.
Build peace out of peace.
Build peace out of love.
Build peace out of those who are willing to die with me.”

Jesus chose peace when other people were violently against him.
Even though he died, he continue building peace.
Jesus even used his death and resurrection to persuade people to become a friend of God and a friend of each other.
Through the Holy Spirit, Jesus is healing their hearts to live in peace.
In this way, Jesus builds peace and save people to live in this way of peace.

Let’s pray:
Jesus, thank you for showing us the way of peace.
Thank you for teaching the way of peace.
Thank you for creating peace.
Thank you for helping us to live in peace and for peace.
Thank you.
In Jesus name we pray.