43 You are my Lord

Luke 9:18-27
Psalms 46:1-11
T Whom am I called?

 "And it came about that while He was praying alone, the disciples were with Him, and He questioned them, saying, 'Who do the multitudes say that I am?' And they answered and said 'John the Baptist, and others say Elijah; but others, that one of the prophets of old has risen again.' And He said to them, 'But who do you say that I am?' And Peter answered and said 'The Christ of God.'" (9:18-20) The visiting to Bethsaida, I touched it last time; it was the beginning that Jesus left Galilee and would aim to Jerusalem. The article of this morning, it begins that Jesus goes toward Jerusalem and goes north once for some reason; and on the way, He meets Moses and Elijah in a high mountain of neighborhood of Mt. Hermon; and it begins from a conversation exchanged with the apostles in Caesarea Philippi. For the apostles, because the trend of the crowd was going to be worried about one by one, surely they would collect rumors about Jesus on the way. At this time, the rumors, such as "Jesus is Elijah", "one of the old prophet" or "He is John the Baptist", were seemed to be spread out. Therefore their answer of this time agrees with information that Herod let retainers gather it (9:7-8). Such a thing did not matter, but, Jesus would be going to let them think about the ground that they are the disciple of Jesus; it is the most serious theme for them, and triggered by the interest that the apostles hear it on the sly on the way. And, it might have become this conversation. We want to learn that this theme is an extremely important question for the modern people of faith.

 The article of Luke is very shorter than Matthew and omits the place name called Caesarea Philippi, and it shortens even the word of confession (Mark is also short, probably he would imitate Luke). Probably he would have wanted to talk about the center of this conversation by cutting out an explanatory part. He seems to concentrate all energy on talking about the importance of this article by shortening it. Therefore, this article is not a scene of the history of Jesus and the apostles, at all; and rather it may be said that the encounter of Jesus and the apostles invited one climax here. The climax was the confession of faith of Peter.

U The aging of faith

 But, about this confession of "The Christ of God", if we compare the confession of Mark saying "Thou art the Christ", it seems slightly talkative as for Luke who should have deleted the explanatory part. Why would he keep this part? Then, the doubt that there was the Christ whom God did not provide either is caused. Because the Messiah of self-styled other designations appeared in Judea of the times of Jesus innumerably, this "The Christ of God" will be right consciousness, "He is God definitely" of Luke at that time. And, in the church which had begun to spread out to the land of foreigner in the times of Luke, because the possibility which was able to change the Gospel of Jesus by their thinking way was hiding, the route of that we human being can prescribe Jesus in selfishness, it was largely widened. As for the present age, it may be said that it is the typical times when such human Christ image strides really. Luke wanted to remove such a possibility from the church, I think. Therefore, this "The Christ of God" is not the one that "of God" of Matthew was left, at all; but in adding this "of God", Luke insists that God established "Jesus is the Messiah Christ". Jesus is the Messiah who appeared from an everlasting plan of God, but not the clever virtual image that the human being built up. It may be said that the apostles arrived to this serious confession by the help of Jesus. They made many mistakes in fact after this (Luke did not take up them); and they were reproved by denying that Jesus was said (Matthew 16:22-23). Our faith is haunted by such randomness of a human than them; but, the confession of "The Christ of God", because it is the guidance of God to us, we want to take it well.

 "But He warned them, and instructed them no to tell this to anyone" (21) Why? It becomes "warned" in Matthew and Mark; but, Luke says "He warned them, and instructed them"; it emphasizes, "you must not talk" in double. There is not a punctuation mark between the next sentence "The son of Man must suffer may things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribers, ad killed, and be raised up on the third day." (22), in the original. The cross and resurrection of Jesus is depending on a plan of God beyond the human category in any meaning, and the people of faith should want such a faith to mature among themselves...; I hear such wish of Luke at here.

V You are my Lord

 It was a wish of Jesus. "If any one wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life shall lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he is the one who will save it. For what is a man profited if he gains the whole world, and loses or forfeits himself? For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him will the Son of Man be ashamed when He comes in His glory, and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels. But I say to you truthfully, there are some of those standing here who shall not taste death until see the kingdom of God." (23-27) You may hear this is the contextual sudden thing which there is not, but, Matthew, Mark, Luke, these three writers of the Gospel took up it as a series of articles to continue in confession of Peter; probably, it will be His declaration of suffering (22). Therefore, as for this "take up his cross daily", we must hear, this is not a understanding of a kind of mind that many people talk "hardship of our own" but it is to take up the cross of Jesus; He just has begun to walk to there, now. It is thought that Jesus has already predicted it so that the hardship that oneself receives is the maximum penalty, a cross of Rome. And that hardship will attack disciples surely. In the history of early period of Christianity, it can be said that it is the history of persecution and of the martyrdom, and disciples are going to cast their body in such time, now. For the people who reach such a starting line, He seemed to ask to the disciple that if they do not believe Jesus in the deepest mature of soul, it becomes only the idle readiness as the disciple. Will we be ready for such aging and readiness? We want to hear it carefully.

 By the way, have you noticed it already that the Gospel of the center / the hope of the Bible are jam-packing among these several lines? It is "the death of Jesus" (the cross) , "the resurrection" and "the second coming", but, it is not at all a cold Christianity (religion) creed. When we are forgiven our crime on a cross, and offer to Jesus this life as a witness of the Gospel, we can participate in resurrection of Jesus and enjoy the happiness invited to the country of God. We must hear this encouragement and warning in Verse 26-27. In the present age, it is said "most people's love will grow cold." (Matthew 24:12); and the time of second coming of Jesus get closer every moment. In this present age above all, not to be said for "you are my shame", we want to know "Cease striving and know that I am God." (Psalms 46:10) , and we want to continue asking "who Jesus is for us" to our soul, at that time in a country of the Lord. To reliable by confession "You are Christ of God".