“But What About You?” Luke 9:18-22

Luke 9:18-22 Once when Jesus was praying in private and his disciples were with him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say I am?” 19 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, that one of the prophets of long ago has come back to life.” 20 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Peter answered, “The Christ of God.” 21 Jesus strictly warned them not to tell this to anyone. 22 And he said, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.”

Luca 9:18-22 «Mentre egli stava pregando in disparte, i discepoli erano con lui; ed egli domandò loro: «Chi dice la gente che io sia?» 19 E quelli risposero: «Alcuni dicono Giovanni il battista; altri, Elia, e altri, uno dei profeti antichi che è risuscitato». 20 Ed egli disse loro: «E voi, chi dite che io sia?» Pietro rispose: «Il Cristo di Dio». 21 Ed egli ordinò loro di non dirlo a nessuno, e aggiunse: 22 «Bisogna che il Figlio dell’uomo soffra molte cose e sia respinto dagli anziani, dai capi dei sacerdoti e dagli scribi, sia ucciso e risusciti il terzo giorno»

After months of preaching the Gospel of the kingdom of God, healing numerous people, raising the dead and demonstrating His creative power in miracles, Jesus and the disciples had a prayer meeting. Jesus asked them what the general consensus of the people was about Him. Notice the rumors that they had overheard: Some said He was John the Baptist, Elijah or another resurrected Old Testament prophet. But John the Baptist had already been beheaded. Elijah or another prophet was another answer given by others; they still saw Jesus as a temporal phenomenon. In other words, after all that Jesus had done the people still thought of every other possible answer except the truth! The world hasn’t changed much today, has it?

Jesus’ real interest was in the second question which was, “But what about you?” It had been a little while since they had witnessed the miracle of the loaves and fishes and it seems like Luke wants us to know that this probably was the final proof in their minds. Peter declares his confession as a group representative saying, “the Christ of God” (literally Anointed-Messiah of God). It is now the second time Peter has made this confession. That being settled, they may have thought that now would be a great time to announce it to the world (with all the authority and might of the Anointed One of God)! Jesus’ answer must have been a shock and made no sense to them. It is at this point that Jesus begins to spell out to them that the time for public proclamation had not yet arrived and He tells them why. He “strictly warned” means “a command as in the military” or a non-negotiable order: He cautioned them not to get ahead of God. The understanding of the mission of God in Jesus can’t be fully grasped without the understanding of the death and resurrection. The disciples never really understood this until after the resurrection (Luke 24:44-48). And sometimes we are no different than they were. Even though we have confessed “the Christ of God”, we still attempt to get ahead of God and make Him fit into our plans instead of listening for His design for our life.

Pray with me: Lord, I know that You are God and Your ways are sometimes hard for me to understand. Help me to listen and wait on Your plan for the world and for me.

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