Sunday, November 13, 2011

Msg: On Your Mark, Get Set, Go! - Week 8

   Were you ever an athlete in school? I tried. My legs were a little shorter than I wanted. Although I ended up playing Golf, I did try to run track. One event – the 400m. But it was a distance for me, not a sprint like everyone else. I’ll always remember the change that happened around turn three, though. Once the end was in sight, I began to run faster.  It was the turning point from just running to running with a purpose. Like turn three for me, Mark chapter eight is a turning point in the disciples’ relationship with Jesus.
   The chapter starts out with the miracle of feeding 4000, then Jesus has a discussion about yeast and the disciples being dull. Next He heals a blind man partially and then completes it. All are neat stories with lots we could learn and apply in life today, but we won’t. The part we do look at today happens as Jesus is just walking around with His disciples. They are in a place called Caesarea Philippi, a place known for all of its pagan temples to so called gods. And in the midst of that, Jesus asks his disciples, “Who do people say I am?” And after they give their responses, He makes the question personal and asks, “Who do you say I am?” 
   That’s the point of today’s message. We can’t live our lives based on the opinions and philosophies of others. We each must decide who we think Jesus is and respond accordingly. Peter is the one who speaks up and says, “You are the Christ.” How Jesus responds might surprise you at first. It marks the change in His relationship with them that each of us needs to experience. Listen in and be encouraged by God’s great love for you and what we must do in response to His offer of grace.

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