Scripture Reading — Mark 8:27-31
“What about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” — Mark 8:29
Jesus’ inquiry is somewhat similar to a midterm test, when a test is given partially through the course to perceive how far the understudies have come. Subsequent to asking his devotees what they have been getting with others about what his identity is, Jesus gets to the genuine inquiry: “Who do you say I am?”
Peter exclaims, “You are the Messiah,” and he is sublimely right. This is the first occasion when anybody—other than detestable spirits—have appropriately and plainly recognized Jesus. Peter gets good grades for this assertion, however there is a whole other world to being a follower than finding a solution directly on a test.
There will likewise be times when Peter appallingly withdraws from this sparkling second. Tragically, he will later deny Jesus when it gets perilous to follow him: “I don’t have the foggiest idea about this man that is no joke,” Peter says (Mark 14:71).
Occasionally we can see plainly what jesus’ identity is, and we can certainly admit his name. These are brilliant minutes, and we ought to commend them. In any case, on different days we can bargain our declaration, and those occasions can end up being very agonizing.
Fortunately Jesus isn’t done working with Peter, despite the fact that he breezes through this assessment without a hitch. Jesus isn’t finished with any of us yet all things considered. There is still a lot to find out about Jesus, the Messiah!
Dearest Jesus, thank you for showing me who you are and for helping me to understand. Help me to grow in knowing that you are the Messiah, my Savior! Amen.
Scripture Reading — Mark 8:22-26
Jesus asked, “Do you see anything?” — Mark 8:23
At the point when you gain proficiency with another game—possibly a game or table game—it can take some time before you completely get it. The first occasion when it is disclosed to you, you start to see, however not completely, not immediately.
Apprenticeship is that way. It includes a learning cycle of coming to know what jesus’ identity is and what he came to do.
The present tale about recuperating a man from visual impairment is a story of sorts that likewise shows us teaching. It is an inquisitive story on the grounds that generally when Jesus recuperates somebody, it resembles hitting a grand slam in baseball—you can run right around the bases on one hit. However, in this story the mending is done in two phases. It goes almost from the start, similar to a hit that gets you most of the way around the bases—and afterward another hit takes care of business. Why would that be?
The pupils were starting to get on to what jesus’ identity was, and maybe Jesus were asking them, “Do you see anything?” Well, they found to a limited extent, however they were as yet not certain that they comprehended Jesus completely. What’s more, that is reasonable in light of the fact that we are just partially through the good news of Mark.
We are at the midpoint of the book of Mark, and it’s a decent spot to check how well we see Jesus, on the grounds that there is considerably more to come. The primary half is generally about what jesus’ identity is, and the subsequent half will be about what he came to do.
Jesus, help me to see and understand you more fully and completely. Please be patient with me as I learn more and more about you and your love for me. Amen.