Lesson 208-February 9, 2020
Lesson: “Jesus-The Messiah-Part I”
Scripture: Mark 8:31-34; Matthew 16:21-23
Lesson Goal: To better understand what kind of Messiah Jesus really is.
Question: Who is Jesus? Please give careful thought and earnest prayer to your answer.
For the past four years, based upon our study of Jesus’ Life and Ministry as presented through the Gospels, we have been preparing to give a sound and biblical answer to this question-Who is this Jesus? The Book of Mark as our primary source, along with the parallel accounts of Matthew, Luke, and John, as applicable, pro-vide us with support and resources to draw forth an accurate assessment and proper answer-Who is this Je-sus?
Our study has brought us to the place where Jesus’ own disciples (the twelve) must give an answer to this question-Who is this Jesus?
Based upon (Mark 8:29; Matthew 16:16; Luke 9:20) with Peter as the vocal spokesman how was this question answered?
Please in your own words explain what this answer embraced for the disciples.
Please offer your own thoughts based upon our study of The Life and Ministry of Jesus and your personal study of the Scriptures to the following statements:
Jesus is more than just a good teacher.
Jesus is more than just a good man.
Jesus is more than just a prophet.
Jesus is more than just a moral example.
Jesus is more than just a religious figure.
Please take to heart and respond giving your best to this next request by the writer of today’s lesson. Please take just a few dedicated minutes to think, pray, and respond. Pease do not hurriedly pass over or omit this! Please do not wait until class time to just hear someone else’s comments or to join in the class discussion with a nod of affirmation or a whisper of “amen.” If you are a personal follower (believer, disciple) of Jesus Christ please give your best in responding to this simple but yet personally insightful request.
The Request: In paragraph form please answer the following question with all your heart and honestly unto the Lord.
The Question: Who is this Jesus?
Following Peter’s confession (declaration), recognition of Jesus as the Christ (Mark 8:29), Jesus sternly warned them (disciples) about telling anyone (Mark 8:30).
I borrow from the words of Charles Swindoll for a very insightful explanation of Jesus’s stern warning to the disciples. “For centuries, hopeful Jews looked for a special King, an ultimate Messiah, promised by prophets of old, who would supersede all of Israel’s past ‘anointed ones.’ This person would not be merely a christ but the Christ. Isaiah and other prophets prophesied that this ultimate King of Israel would lead God’s people to a glorious future. In their eyes, His reign would launch an unprecedented period of agricultural and economic superabundance. He would free the nation from foreign tyranny and expand His dominion to bring the world under His sovereign rule. Consequently, people looking for the Messiah, the Christ, expected a political figure to raise an army, recapture the glory days of David and Solomon, subdue the Romans, and establish a world-wide Jewish empire.”
Based upon the typical Jewish mindset concerning the Messiah and His role, Jesus warned His disciples of sharing at this particular time His Messiahship. Sharing the truth that Jesus was the Messiah would not have served well for Jesus’ mission and ministry at this specific time. Simply put-this was not the right time.
Swindoll states, “the Jewish people were already chaffing under Roman domination. Many zealots were itch-ing for revolt. More than one man had called himself the Messiah and then led a group of hapless insurrection-ists to a pathetic death. Jesus didn’t want to incite the multitudes. Besides, He had a radically different plan, a shocking agenda that didn’t propel Him to the top of Jewish politics. On the contrary, His path led to the
cross. Jesus told the men (disciples) to keep His identity as the Messiah quiet until they understood everything as they should. Until then, their proclamation of the Messiah would have been neither accurate nor produc-tive.”
**Mark 8:31-And He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.
Jesus on prior occasions had spoken or hinted of the facts revealed in (v31). (Please see Matthew 9:15; 12:39-40; 16:4; John 2:19; 3:14; 6:51). But in verse 31 a turning point is reached in Jesus’s life and ministry. For the first time Jesus very plainly and clearly speaks to the disciples concerning the facts of His Messiahship. In His words Jesus speaks of the facts of His suffering, death, and resurrection. In this verse (v31), “the Lord Je-sus gave these men a detailed prediction of His suffering, death, and resurrection, things that ’must’ happen (Matthew 16:21). Platt
In this verse, Jesus sought to reveal the “must,” the spiritual necessity of His suffering, death, and resurrection. In these words Jesus shows the reality of His true Messiahship and this truth caused conflict for the disciples (Peter). “This conflict arose as Jesus sought to lead the apostles to understand the nature of His Messiahship. The word ‘must’ should be read with each item in this verse.” Hobbs Jesus must suffer, must be rejected, must be killed, must die and must rise again.
This verse truly marks a decisive and key turn in the narrative of Jesus’ Life and Ministry. “But now, just six months before the crucifixion. He began plainly to teach the meaning of His Messiahship to the Twelve. They had grasped the idea that He was the Christ. But it was vitally important that they should know what kind of Christ He was. He must experience the things enumerated in verse 31 if He was to fulfill His role as the Re-deemer.” Hobbs
It will be at the very points of Jesus Messiahship (v31) that the religious leaders and authorities would seek to disapprove His claim of Messiahship. They will attack Jesus’ claims upon the fronts of His sufferings, death, and most certainly upon His resurrection. F. F Bruce comments on this rejection as “fitly” indicating the pre-cise share of the religious authorities. Their part was solemnly to disapprove the claimant to Messiahship.
(v32) He spoke this word openly. Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him.
Matthew offers a bit of detail concerning Peter’s rebuke of Jesus (Matthew 16L22). Then Peter took Him aside and rebuked Him, saying, “Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!”
Next week we will look at Peter’s rebuke of Jesus and what these words meant literally and what these words conveyed concerning Peter’s understanding of Jesus’ Messiahship.
Thank you for being a part of todays Life Focus class. Thank you one and all!