Saturday, February 25, 2006

Bad Impressions of People

Did you ever cast a judgment on someone too quickly? Did you ever make false assumptions on people?

We're gonna look today at a passage today where those false assumptions play a key role. I've seen people say a lot of different things about Jesus and christianity as a whole, that I think this passage will help us clear out some fog.

Before starting, I would like to know what's everybody's vision of Jesus?

The passage of reference for today is Mark 8:27-37.
Verses 27-30
So, how do people see Jesus? [A prophet]
What does Peter see? [The Christ]
The vision of the Christ, at that period of time, was very close to the Judges in early Israel history: a warrior that would rule the people and kick out the oppressors, and would also be a spiritual leader for the nation. There is a passage where people want to make Jesus their actual king.
How could some believe one thing and Peter see something else? How come he's able to say what he said?
[Other passages say that it is thanks by the power of God. but also because Peter has been with Jesus for a long time and knows him more.]
Verses 31-33
Jesus now moves on and addresses the misconceptions about the messiah. He prophecies his own death.
Why does Peter counter? [The text does not mention what he said, but it is a matter of rebuking: proving the other wrong. Peter had a misconception about the christ, and he was offended at Jesus' teachings that went against his vision.]
The final rebuke from Jesus, in verse 33, teaches something important: our own vision of the "right thing" can be corrupted and plainly wrong compare to what God teaches.
Verses 34-38
There is another misconception in society that having a christian life means going to church on sundays and having a somewhat stronger moral sense. This is not what Jesus is teaching.
Jesus, in other passages, tells us to expect persecution.
In this passage, he tells us that our commitment must be total. Life and death is to be commited to God. Death here has two levels of meaning: a first level that refers to actual death for your beliefs, but we also understand, from the context of the passage, death to ourselves, to our selfish lives.
Verse 36 make it clear: "What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?"
And for the one who accepts the challenge of being a disciple, verse 38 imply one thing: sharing the good news again and again. This is radically different than going to church every sunday.
We live in a corrupt generation that has only a christian makeup. Those teachings apply to us more than they did at that time.
--- Conclusion
I'll conclude as follows: in our lives, we are surrounded by misconceptions about a lot of things. We can have misconceptions about what the Bible teaches. And Jesus' answer to this is simple: we have to rely on God's answer, not on our misconceptions.
As a consequence, we are called to make a choice.
"For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it."
There is a choice for you to make

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