Listen to the Message
To bring the grace of God to everyone by dying on a cross and rising again.
20 “But what about you?” Jesus asked. “Who do you say I am?”
Peter answered, “God’s Messiah.”
“The Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day.”
Jesus wanted to overthrow the tyranny of sin and death for the whole world once and for all time.
Peter gives the right answer but fundamentally misunderstands the nature of His mission.
Who do the crowds say that Jesus is today?
1. Every day we must recognize who Jesus is and what He came to do.
“The Son of Man came to seek and save the lost.” – Luke 19:10
For the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives but to save them.” – Luke 9:56
Christ came to save people. He simply loves us that much. For God so loved.
We must spread the light and love of Christ.
2. Take up your Cross
“Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.
“As the unchosen circumstances come into life, we choose to bear them as a way to daily die for Jesus’ glory. – David Guzik
It’s sacrificial. It’s significant. Keep doing the work. Keep holding on.
So, how can we take up our cross in a way that will help others to do the same?
Humility and perseverance.
God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble." (James 4:6)
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. (James 4:10)
#1. Always look forward. #2. Don’t let go.
And as we take up our crosses daily, we must remember to walk with Christ in glorious victory as well.
3. Walk in Glory
This was not a new miracle, but the temporary pause of an ongoing miracle. The real miracle was that Jesus, most of the time, could keep from displaying His glory.
29 When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the covenant law in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the Lord.
2 Corinthians 3:13-18
13 We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to prevent the Israelites from seeing the end of what was passing away….
18 And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
1 Peter 2:4-5 it says, “As you come to him, the living Stone-rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him- 5you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
I Corinthians 15:51:
Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.