…he asked his disciples,“Who do people say that I am?” 28 …“But who do you say that I am?”
And Peter confesses Jesus as Christ! What did he mean by this? Jesus had already warned about thinking like the authorities and the Pharisees; strict religionists. Jesus had healed a blind man who gradually saw. Were the disciples being renewed? Were they gradually seeing?
Well no. Despite his confession, Peter could not conceive of a suffering servant! This wasn’t the Christ he expected. He rebuked Jesus for his assertions and Jesus rebukes him in turn, “..you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”
Jesus asks us each in turn, Who do you say that I am? He listens. He wants to hear. Each of us has an answer.
Being the Church is knowing the voice of Jesus asking us this question and having our eyes opened. As we set our mind on the things of God things become clearer. So together we become the church as each one of us diligently seeks God in Jesus who says of himself will “…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.”
This is the Way, the Truth and the Life we profess in Refresh that even in his suffering as the perfect man in a world marred by futility, the rejection of his message of peace and his death at the hands of humanity, Jesus has victory. His rising from the dead is the foundation of the life Jesus calls us to. His life is our life.