Jesus asks Peter,
Who do you say that I am?
You are the messiah, the one who will fix the world.
And Jesus replies,
Not quite… “Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32 He said all this quite openly.” (Mark 8:31 NRSV)
Peter just knew Jesus had it wrong. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. (Mark 8:32b NRSV)
Like Peter, it’s hard for us to accept the messiah we’ve been given.
Open our eyes, God, that we see the extravagant gift we’ve received. Open our hearts, that we are willing to follow faithfully
Let us worship.
Let us learn. Let us trust. Let us be and become your people in this hour. Amen.