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.
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.