Posts Tagged ‘Peter confesses Christ’

Luke 9:18-20 Outside In or Inside Out

Are you inside or outside?

Are you inside or outside?

Luke is going to give us a brief look at Peter’s confession of who Jesus was. We looked at this event in Matthew and Mark also. In Matthew we looked a lot at the “rock” Jesus referenced when He commended Peter for his confession. In Mark we took a very personal walk with Jesus and His disciples when He asked this question. In Luke’s telling, I was prompted to think in a new way.

Jesus has been teaching the crowds for some time now. His disciples have even gone on their first missionary journey and returned with glowing reports. The people have heard the good news repeatedly before Jesus asks these two questions: Who do the people say I am, and who do you say I am. Read more »

Matthew 16:13-20 Church Built on the Rock

Jesus, our firm foundation

Jesus, our firm foundation

Jesus and His disciples crossed the Sea of Galilee again in our last visit with Him. Today He and His disciples have made it all the way to Caesarea Philippi. This was probably a couple of day’s journey, from looking at the map. It was at the northern end of the Jezreel Valley. I find myself, once again wondering what happened on that trip and in between the “then” and “now” in Matthew’s story. I realize that the bible would take up a storehouse if everything that Jesus did and said while on Earth was recorded. Also, as with most of our lives, there would probably be a lot of mundane minutia in such a detailed account. I suppose the writers simply skipped to the good parts in their stories. I know I do when describing my life. This account is another VERY monumental happenings in Jesus’ travels.

Jesus had a question in His heart that He wanted answered. As God, He could have simply known the answer by looking in each heart. But He wanted to hear the answer out loud. Is it possible that He wanted the OTHER disciples to hear the answer out loud? Was He using the Q&A session as a faith builder for the whole group? Read more »