Insights on Today's Reading
Matthew 16 - Jesus rebuked the Pharisees when they asked Him for a sign to prove Himself. Jesus made clear that they had seen enough to show who He really was. When Jesus asked His disciples to declare who they thought He was, Peter gave a clear answer that Christ was "...the son of the living God" verse 16. But when Jesus spoke of His coming death at the hands of men, verse 21, Peter rebuked Him. Jesus in turn rebuked Peter sharply for his careless rejection of Jesus' claim, verse 23. Then Jesus spoke of the cost of committing one's self to follow the Lord as a disciple.
Mark 8 - Mark speaks of the Feeding of the 4,000 to reinforce the Lord's miraculous capability to supply the need of any size crowd. Mark then tells of Jesus' rebuke of the disciples for their lack of faith in His power, verses 17-2l. One blind man Jesus healed needed a "second touch" verse 25 for him to see clearly. There are times in our lives when we also need a renewed "touch" from Christ to refocus our eyes on what is important.
Luke 9:18-27 - Two important topics are presented in this short section of Luke. First, he gives his version of Peter's confession of Christ being "the Christ of God" verse 20. Then Jesus speaks of the cost of being a disciple of the Lord. A denial of self and a willingness to "take up" one's cross daily is emphasized. No one can be a disciple of Christ without recognizing their own inability to live out that commitment. Only when one surrenders control over to the Lord can their lives make a difference for Him.
Daily commentary and insight from Pastor Eckardt.
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