Today, we’ll read Mark 8:22-30, Matthew 16:13-20, Luke 9:18-20, Mark 8:31-38, Mark 9:1, Matthew 16:21-28, Luke 9:21-27, Mark 9:2-13, Matthew 17:1-13, and Luke 9:28-36. It’s a hard day for me – it seems as if we only got Jesus just now, spent so much time in the Old Testament, and now He is teaching and performing miracles and telling His disciples what will happen next….. What stands out to you today?
“He then began explaining things to them: ‘It is necessary that the Son of Man proceed to an ordeal of suffering, be tried and found guilty by the elders, high priests, and religion scholars, be killed, and after three days rise up alive.’ He said this simply and clearly so they couldn’t miss it.” Mark 8:31-32 MSG
In the midst of performing miracles, Jesus is helping His disciples understand that the crucifixion and resurrection are coming. They won’t understand it, of course – how could they? They protest now, but they’ll remember His words later. Like a child – they don’t always understand instruction given, but they remember their parents’ words when instruction and experience meet.
I like how Jesus asks Peter, in the hearing of others, “Who do you say I am?” (Luke 9:21, Matthew 16:16, Mark 8:29). Say it again, say it out loud, tuck it in a pocket close to your heart and remember it when darker days come:
“You are the Christ, the Messiah.” Mark 8:29
“You’re the Christ, the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Matthew 16:16
“The Messiah of God.” Luke 9:21
And confirmed by the Father Himself:
“Just then a light-radiant cloud enveloped them, and from deep in the cloud, a voice: ‘This is my Son, marked by my love. Listen to Him.’ The next minute the disciples were looking around, rubbing their eyes, seeing nothing but Jesus, only Jesus.” Mark 9:7-8
Seeing nothing but Jesus, only Jesus. Let’s tuck this in our pockets today, so we remember in these dark times, rubbing our eyes and looking around at the upside-down-ness of the world. Jesus is the Messiah. Jesus is our great Intercessor. Jesus never leaves us.
Nothing but Jesus, only Jesus. ❤