Mon, 11 November 2013
November 3, 2013
Peter Stories Series
What Are You Talking About?
Synopsis: This is my second sermon in a series on what I call the Peter Stories. In Mark-33 is the telling of Peter’s great confession that Jesus was the Messiah. In Matthew -23, NLT there is a more expanded confession, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” In Luke -22, NLT Peter’s response is “You are the Messiah sent from God!”
In all three of these references Peter’s confession is followed by Jesus’ declaration concerning what lay ahead for him including his death. Matthew and Mark tell of Peter taking Jesus aside and rebuking Him and then being rebuked by Jesus. Matthew and Mark juxtapose (sets side by side) Peter’s confession and commendation with that of Peter’s rebuke of Jesus and then by Jesus. Mark seems to do present these two events within a single telling thus bringing the question full circle back to where it started. I paraphrase the question to ask, “What are you talking about?” Mark expands it in Jesus’ words and prompts a deeply troubling question, “Do you have in mind the concerns of God, or merely human concerns?”
It is very easy for us to be side tracked into very human concerns at the expense of Godly concerns. We see the bits and pieces of our experiences as if they were the whole picture (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8). They are not! They are simply pieces of the collage of life only God can see the whole. Trust Him to paint a portrait of Grace in your life.
Peter Stories help me focus on the grace of God not just for Peter, but for all of us. Through this story I can more clearly understand GRACE as God’s Radically Amazing Care & Expression of LOVE! Can you? What are you talking about with your family, friends, associates, neighbors, and the stranger you meet on your way?
Scripture Text (NLT): Mark-33; Matthew -23; Luke -22; Ecclesiastes 3:1-8; Mark ; Ecclesiastes 3:1-15.
Scripture Reading: Mark-33