This sermon was based on Mark 8:27-38.
Peter Confesses Jesus as the Christ
27And Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi. And on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” 28And they told him, “John the Baptist; and others say, Elijah; and others, one of the prophets.” 29And he asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Christ.” 30And he strictly charged them to tell no one about him.
Jesus Foretells His Death and Resurrection
31And he began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32And he said this plainly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33But turning and seeing his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”
34And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 35For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it. 36For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? 37For what can a man give in return for his soul? 38For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”
He’s the Messiah
- Messiah means anointed one. Refers to a ceremony where oil was poured on someone’s head and this represented that they had been chosen by God for a specific purpose. Anointed one wasn’t all that specific in and of itself. There were lots of anointed ones in the OT.
- The Prophets in OT predicted that there would be one that would come called ‘The anointed one The Messiah. A King with a capital K. As we read the Old Testament we see what ‘The Messiah’s’ job description would be. He would be a ruler of Israel but also the nations as well. Basically, a king over all the world, not corrupt king but a good king, who would deliver them from oppression, re-balance injustice, judge honestly and speak up for the downtrodden and the poor. He would be chosen by God but would also kind of be God, he would be a divine King. Someone whose rule would never end.
- This is who Peter realised Jesus was and we see in Matthew 16
He Defies Expectations
- We often think Jesus should act in a certain way and when he doesn’t we get annoyed with him. My life wasn’t supposed to turn out this way Jesus. Why haven’t you answered this prayer Jesus? It’s a good thing I’m praying for come on. Why haven’t you taken away this pain and suffering away yet Jesus?
- We think we have him all figured out and when we doesn’t meet our expectations we get annoyed at him, we might even tell him off. Jesus your supposed to answer my prayers. He doesn’t just do what we expect why because he’s God.
- Peter thought the Messiah would raise an army, defeat the Romans and ride victoriously into Jerusalem and sit on his throne. Peter thought he had the Messiah all figured out until Jesus comes and says not its not going to happen like that. No I’m going to be rejected by the religious establishment, I’m going to suffer loads and then I’m going to be killed and then I’m going to rise again.
- Peter only sees partially, just like the blind man who Jesus heals just before this story. Jesus touches the man’s eyes and he can only see partially then he touches them again and he sees fully. The story of Jesus healing the blind man is intentionally put here before this passage as a visual aid to show us that the way the disciples will come to see Jesus will be gradual they will see a bit but soon they will fully understand who he is.
- Four reasons to deny self, take up your cross and follow Jesus:
- 35 For whoever wants to save their life[b] will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it. We’ve got a choice, hold onto your life, live for yourself, live purely for the here and now and you will die but throw away your life for Jesus and you will live, you will have eternal life
- 36 What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Nah ok, won’t follow Jesus, gain whole world, can’t save your soul – Steve Jobs. Jim Carey: “I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it’s not the answer.”
- 37 Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? Nothing following Jesus is the only option
- 38 If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.”