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They Couldn't See What Jesus Came to Do?

Mark 8:27-30 New International Version (NIV)

Peter Declares That Jesus Is the Messiah 27 Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, “Who do people say I am?” 28 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.” 29 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Peter answered, “You are the Messiah.” 30 Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about him.

Tuesday - February 16

Yesterday the blind man first saw “halfway.” Here the disciples saw Jesus “halfway.” Jesus took his disciples to the town of Caesarea Philippi, where the ancient Greeks believed the god, Pan, lived. In a place where the Gentiles believed a god lived on earth, he asked them who they thought he was. Some people believed Jesus was a great prophet like the prophets from the Old Testament. Peter confessed that he believed Jesus to be God’s anointed king, descended from the great king David! But not God. Peter only saw “halfway.” Like all their fellow Jews, the disciples believed that the Messiah would be a political and military hero in this world. They did not, yet, fully see what Jesus came to do. Defeat death and be an eternal king!

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