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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)
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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)
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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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