Christ. From that day, Jesus began to make it clear to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem; that he would suffer many things from the Jewish authorities, the chief priests and the teachers of the law; and that he would be killed and be raised on the third day. Then Peter took him aside and began to reproach him, “Never, Lord! No, this must never happen to you!” But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are an obstacle in my path. You are thinking not as God does, but as people do.”
Who do you say I am? Peter recognized Jesus as Messiah; however, the Messiah the Jews longed for was a mighty military king who faithfully served God and protected Israel’s sovereignty. He could not fathom the messiahship of Jesus which included suffering as a consequence of fidelity to his mission or Jesus’ brand of leadership which was expressed in moral authority and humble service. What is our notion of Jesus as messiah? What do we expect of him? Can we allow him to challenge us as he did Peter? Can we follow his example of faithfulness to God and humble service to others?
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