More Than Mere Confession

   The question was significant. It’s answer was pivotal. Jesus asked His disciples, “Who do the crowds say that I am?” (Luke 9:18b).

   The responses from those disciples all depicted other human beings... “John the Baptist…Elijah…one of the prophets of long ago” (vs.19).

   And then Jesus got personal.  “What about you…Who do you say I am?” (vs.20a)  It was Peter who boldly stated, “The Christ of God.” (vs.20b). 

   Peter proclaimed Jesus to be the promised Messiah, Savior of the world. This was his confession of faith.

   Peter’s accurate answer had serious implications…which Jesus was quick to reveal:

   “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and He must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.” (vs.22)

   One can only begin to imagine the emotional impact of Jesus’ prophecy… and the deep questions that were likely aroused.  But Jesus wasn’t finished.  As He looked into the eyes of His disciples He went on to share these personal, challenging words:  “If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will ...

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