Monday, February 8, 2016

A suffering Messiah

Daily reading: Mark 8:27-9:13
Monday February 8, 2016

Focus passage: Then Jesus began to teach his disciples: “The Human One must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests, and the legal experts, and be killed, and then after three days, rise from the dead.  Mark 8:31

After Peter shares that Jesus is the Christ, Jesus begins to explain what that means and his explanation points the reality that often times, like Peter, we really don’t get it.

The road ahead will take Jesus to suffering and we can see that Peter, who just got it, really doesn’t get it.  He rebukes Jesus and Jesus rebukes Peter right back.

We struggle because we at times want God to give us what we want when we want it instead of asking God for what we need.  We want God to rescue us and instead God comes and dwells with us in the mess we find ourselves in and shows us the way out (and it isn’t always an easy climb out).

We find that as a suffering Messiah, Jesus then knows full well the depth of suffering we might face in life.

Prayer:  Gracious God help me to experience the presence of Christ in this moment and in every moment today.  Open my eyes and my ears to what is happening around me.  Amen.

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