Fri. April 5

Friday April 5, 2019

Today’s Focus                                                                      The first passion prediction

Today’s Scripture Reading                                                                         Luke 9:18-27

18 One day Jesus left the crowds to pray alone. Only his disciples were with him, and he asked them, “Who do people say I am?”

19 “Well,” they replied, “some say John the Baptist, some say Elijah, and others say you are one of the other ancient prophets risen from the dead.”

20 Then he asked them, “But who do you say I am?”

Peter replied, “You are the Messiah[d] sent from God!”

21 Jesus warned his disciples not to tell anyone who he was. 22 “The Son of Man[e] must suffer many terrible things,” he said. “He will be rejected by the elders, the leading priests, and the teachers of religious law. He will be killed, but on the third day he will be raised from the dead.”

23 Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross daily, and follow me. 24 If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it. 25 And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but are yourself lost or destroyed? 26 If anyone is ashamed of me and my message, the Son of Man will be ashamed of that person when he returns in his glory and in the glory of the Father and the holy angels. 27 I tell you the truth, some standing here right now will not die before they see the Kingdom of God.”

Daily Reflection                                                                                 Pastor’s reflection

“Who do you say that I am?”  Truly this is one of the most profound questions Jesus could ask of any of us, yet I wonder if many of us would fare any better than the disciples whom Jesus asked to begin with.

Call it a vocational hazard or opportunity depending on your viewpoint, but I have on multiple occasions been asked between the ground floor of a hospital elevator and the 5th or 7th floor of the hospital been asked “BIG QUESTIONS” about Jesus, God, and my faith.  “Why would God allow a good person to contract cancer?”  “Do YOU really believe what YOU teach?”  “Is there REALLY a heaven?”

While we can’t ever be fully prepared for questions like this to be shared in stressful situations we might all do well to consider what it is we truly believe so that when we are asked our answer is thoughtful and comes from the heart.

So…. Who do you say Jesus is?  Your answer will share a great deal about your commitment and relationship with our God.

Some questions for reflection

  • Who do you say Jesus is? What do you think hopes and expects for your life of discipleship?
  • This is Jesus’ first prediction of his own death in the gospel of Luke, how do you suppose hearing these things would affect his disciples?

Today’s discipleship challenge

In one single sentence answer the question “Who do you say Jesus is” and share it with your group or a trusted friend.

Today’s prayer

Almighty God and eternal God, so draw our hearts to You, so guide our minds, so fill our imaginations, so control our wills, that we may be wholly Yours, utterly dedicated to You; and then use us, we pray, as You will, but always to Your glory and the welfare of Your people, through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Amen.

7 thoughts on “Fri. April 5

  1. Keith Ricks

    “Who do you say Jesus is”
    Our God, self-created Human, Abused, Mistreated, Tortured, then Murdered by Us – just so God may spend eternalness with Us, and as a bonus, show that in fact, the message of unconditional love is something that can be counted on.

    This is Jesus’ first prediction of his own death in the gospel of Luke, how do you suppose hearing these things would effect his disciples?

    Every bad painful word. Unless we are left out of some loop and they were not Human, it doesn’t matter what they believed, knew, saw… every painful bad word. I don’t know about the rest of You but when I read or hear this part of the Bibles text I feel it and it is sad and painful and We already Know the ending. So I feel for them. I could understand why they may have Blocked it out the first few times they heard it or Every time and it was still a shocker in the end… “I can’t believe He’s Dead…” kind of thing. Could You imagine being there with Jesus and being that close and intimate on a daily basis with Him? Personal? and then “ Hey Keith, Just so You know, it’s over… I’m going to be taken away, Tortured and Bloody Murdered… Just so You know… Have a Great day!”

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    1. Pastor Jerry

      That’s some beautiful words… “murdered by us – just so God may spend eternalness with us” Wow! Thank you for sharing my brother!.

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  2. Keith Ricks

    P and S
    Keith here, Love You guys, so I want for this and the next weeks to give You forwarding apologies for any “Tudes” from me as I am not a fan of Easter Season, it is Just way too emotional and I have a bit of a Moodiness issue… Yeah, so why on Earth did I choose to read Bible passages and reflections about this exact topic and blog about them? Well, I like a challenge and I’m also a bit nuts. Keith

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    1. Pastor Jerry

      It’s truly OK my brother…. that’s part of the reason that we are on this journey with people who love and adore God also! When we share our burdens, pains, sufferings, and trials, we can also share in our shared joys and blessings! I am thankful that you’ve chosen to walk this path with us.
      P, B, &L,
      PJ

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  3. Lisa Mantz

    Who do I say that Jesus is?? As a child I just would have said what I had been taught (and what I believed).
    That Jesus truly IS the son of God.

    As an adult, I can honestly say that I still believe that Jesus is the son of God. Not because of what I have been taught. Because of what I have experienced.

    Oh…that’s more than a single sentence…

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    1. Pastor Jerry

      Yes…. but how beautiful is THAT second confession of faith… “not because of what I have been taught, because of what I have experienced!” Beautiful. Thank you.
      P, B, L,
      PJ

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