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14. Who do you say I am?. Mark 8:11-30 p. 930. Who do you say I am?. Second Sunday of Advent. Knowing Jesus is the centre of the season – Only gets us part of the way. Have to know who Jesus really is. Jesus asks two questions: Who do people say I am? (v 27)

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14 who do you say i am

14. Who do you say I am?

Mark 8:11-30

p. 930


Who do you say i am

Who do you say I am?

  • Second Sunday of Advent.

  • Knowing Jesus is the centre of the season –

    • Only gets us part of the way.

    • Have to know who Jesus really is.

  • Jesus asks two questions:

    • Who do people say I am? (v 27)

    • Who do YOU say I am? (V 29)


1 disputing testing

1. Disputing & Testing

  • Pharisees confront Jesus: “to question him” (v 11)

    • Could be translated “dispute, debate”. It’s adversarial.

    • Ask for a sign from heaven

      • Not so that they can believe.

      • To confirm he is not who he appears to be.

    • They come to “test” him. Not neutral.

      • To confirm their disbelief; make their skepticism reasonable.

  • Jesus “left them” (v 13) “Gave up on them”


2 blindness sight

2. Blindness & Sight

  • Jesus warns of the “yeast” of Pharisees & Herod (v 15)

    • “Yeast”: corruption, danger, evil, hardness of heart.

      • Teaching (Matt 16:12); Hypocrisy (Luke 12:1)

  • Disciples cannot see what he is talking about

    • “It is because we have no bread” (v 16)

    • Jesus: “why are you talking about having no bread?” (v 17)


2 blindness sight1

2. Blindness & Sight ...

  • Jesus asks hard questions (v 17-18):

    • Do you still not see or understand?

    • Are your hearts hardened?

    • Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear?

    • Don’t you remember?

    • Element of hardness of heart, rebellion, foolishness in their misunderstanding

    • Treat God as no different to sinful humans – Sin !


3 identity mission

3. Identity & Mission

  • Who do people say I am?

    • John the Baptist

    • Elijah

    • One of the Prophets

  • Today:

    • Good Man; Great Teacher; Moral Leader; ...

  • Who do you say I am?

    • Messiah – “anointed one” (e.g. Jer. 23:5)


  • Who do you say i am1

    Who do you say I am?

    • Worth asking the question in all its fullness:

      • Will I accept who he really is?

      • Will I accept what he came to do?

      • Will I see with my eyes?

      • Will I hear with my ears?

      • Will I open my heart and soften it before God?

      • Will I let him be the centre (not just part) of my life?


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