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Jesus submitted himself to unjust religious trials, on the path to the cross, in order to rescue wretched sinners like you and me.
Last week we heard Peter’s wonderful confession about Jesus, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And then we heard Jesus’ reply, “He strictly charged them to tell no one about him.” Why in the world would Jesus tell someone who had just confessed who He truly was, to tell no one else? Remember the blind man. Jesus said this because their eye sight had only been restored part way. They saw the Messiah but only like the man who saw men like trees walking. The disciples only thought they truly saw Jesus and knew who He was, but it immediately becomes clear they didn’t have a clue. One minute Peter was giving a marvelous confession of who Christ was and the next minute Christ was rebuking Peter and calling him Satan. What’s going on here? Our text tells us. Jesus was about to open their eyes the rest of the way and they were totally unprepared for what they saw. They probably wish they had stayed blind.
The 77th message in Tapestry series on the Gospel According to Mark. Mark 14:22-42. Three parts. Lord's Supper and then a comparison of Peter and Jesus' reponse. One depended upon himself and then other the Spirit.
Caesarea Philippi is twenty five miles straight north of Bethsaida where Jesus healed the blind man. I tell you this not because I think you have a great interest in the geography of Israel. I tell you this to remind you for a moment of the very earthly reality of the life of Jesus. He literally walked among us. He walked everywhere He went, no horses, no chariots, no special transportation. If they walked this road in one day it was a long day’s walk. At three miles an hour that would be just over eight hours, not counting restroom and meal stops with 13 people. Jesus’ life among us was no walk in the park. He walked countless miles on long winding hilly dusty rocky roads. He no doubt wore out countless pairs of sandals. Remember last week Jesus took the blind man out of the village and healed him in two stages. I think there may be a parallel between that story and this story and in the parallel a reason why Jesus healed in two stages. Jesus takes Peter and the disciples outside of the village of Bethsaida to open their eyes. And when He opens their eyes, He does it in two stages, first partially and then fully. First they see Him as the Messiah, then they see what kind of Messiah. Caesarea Philippi was a thoroughly pagan and Gentile city as you might imagine by the name. Herod the Great had constructed a temple there to worship the deified Caesar Augustus. There were also places of worship for the Greek god Pan and the Roman god Zeus and the Syrian god Baal. When Herod the Great died he had four sons so he divided his realm into four parts and the northern most part went to his son Philip. Philip’s brother Herod Antipas was the one who killed John the Baptist. Did Jesus take His disciples there on purpose? Did He take them into the midst of paganism where multiple gods were revered and worshipped to ask them who they thought He was? Was this a lesson in comparative world religions? Who is Jesus in comparison to all the other gods?
in Luke 5, Jesus encounters Peter on the water fishing. When Peter realizes who Jesus is he then leaves everything to follow him to become a fisher of men.
Sermon by Pastor Rudy Bropleh with Biblical references from Matthew 8:18-22; 1 Peter 3:17-18; and Philippians 3:14 to emphasize the Growing Community. Key Points: 1) Growth Discomforts; 2) Growth Disfigures; 3) Growth Develops; and 4) Growth is Divine!
The last few chapters of John contain the true Christmas Story - Jesus was born to die for the sins of all the world. Peter's difficult spiritual maturation.