You Are the Messiah

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Exod. 1:6-221 Cor. 12:12-26Mark 8:27-9:1

It has been another crazy week!  The incredible administrative assistant at the presbytery office, Sue, had surgery.  Holy Week is bearing down on us.  Then there is the usual empowering of new leaders.  Some days I question whether it is possible to keep up.  And yet, we do our best, and plod along, slowly.

It was a blessing this morning to be able to pause and turn to scripture in this harried time.

In Exodus, the new Pharaoh does not know Joseph and turns against the Israelites.  They are oppressed and the male infants are ordered to be drown in the Nile.

Paul continues his exploration of spiritual gifts with one of the most articulated metaphors in the Bible – that of the one body with many members.  “If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be?”

Mark recounts Peter’s confession.  Jesus asked them, “But who do you say that I am?”  Peter answered, “You are the Messiah.”  And he sternly ordered them not to tell anyone about him.

Did Peter really believe what he said?  Do we truly believe Jesus to be the Messiah?  That is not just a fancy saying.  It means that we believe Jesus to be the Anointed One who saves the world.  Sometimes I worry that we in the West have fallen short of that belief, declaring instead that Jesus is a “nice guy” but no more.  If Jesus is truly the Messiah, should not our lives radically change?

When are we going to leave our lives behind to follow this newly anointed king?  When are we going to leave the world behind?  Do we really believe that Messiah coming is “good news”?  Or is it disrupting and terrifying?

These are the questions before us as following of Christ.  They demand our attention and are worthy of reflection.

How are our lives to change if we are going to follow Christ, the one who died on a cross because of the world’s standards?

-Matt

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