Missional Jesus 38

Missional Jesus 38 August 15, 2007

What to say about missional Jesus and the confession of Peter? I’ll provide the text, ask you to comment what you will, but here are a few points to observe:
1. Missional Jesus seeks to draw from his followers his identity for his identity matters. Thus, let us not think that christology need not matter.
2. Missional Jesus is direct with Peter: “Who do you [Peter] think I am?” Tell me.
3. Missional Jesus gets from Peter the “right word” and then…

4. Missional Jesus clarifies and reveals and deepens what that word — Messiah — means. [I think it is highly likely that Matthew has added “the Son of the Living God.”]
Matt. 16:13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” 20 Then he sternly ordered the disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.
Matt. 16:21 From that time on, Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and undergo great suffering at the hands of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. 22 And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “God forbid it, Lord! This must never happen to you.” 23 But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; for you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.”

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  • Marcel Vervust

    It’s remarkable that knowing who the Messiah is, is a divine revelation (17), not to be disturbed by human sayings (20). And upon this divine revelation, the Messiah builds his ecclesia, to handle on earth the affairs of the heavenly kingdom (18,19). This reminds me of 1John 2:18-27, talking about the final part of history, that started in Jesus’ and Johns’ days (18), when the building of the ecclesia started. John expresses an incomprehensible confidence in the divine work of revelation, that enables the members of the ecclesia to distinguish between the Messiah (the Anointed) and surrogate messiahs (20, 27).
    Don’t you agree that we, believers, ought to concentrate on the anointing that we received, to continue the mission of the Anointed. We should not neglect to teach or get teaching on what the messiah is, according to the old testament. But rather than teaching about Jesus, we should encourage each other to trust the inner conviction that Jesus is the Messiah, whose words we can read in the gospels. We need his words, not for our knowledge, or to be able to explain about him, but for the sake of obedience, and to provide a carrier for divine revelation (John 14:21, 23). We can listen to everyone in this world, but should only be convinced by the Lord himself, who remains always with us. Without this divine revelation we will not be able to handle on earth the affairs of the heavenly kingdom, and that is what we as church (ecclesia) ought to do.

  • Scot,
    I am doing a series through Mark’s Gospel and I’m at chapter 8:27-30 (Peter’s confession). This is the pivot in the book. It seems that Mark hinges his Gospel on two christological realities: Jesus’ Identity (1:1-8:30 “who is this?” ) and Jesus’ messianic mission “why did he come?” (8:31-16:9).
    “Missional Jesus clarifies and reveals and deepens what that word — Messiah — means.” You betcha!