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.