Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked his disciples, ‘Who do people say that I am?’ And they answered him, ‘John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.’ He asked them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’ Peter answered him, ‘You are the Messiah.’ And he sternly ordered them not to tell anyone about him.
Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, ‘Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.’
What pops out at you in this story? Is there anything that makes you go “hmm….” or “huh?” or “hey!!!!” Are you reminded of any other stories–whether in the Bible, in literature/movies/music/TV, or in your own life? As you read, do you hear any music in your head?
Have you ever felt like Peter–getting it right and then immediately wrong in the next sentence?
In our world today, who do people say that Jesus is? who do YOU say that Jesus is? and who does JESUS say that he is? How do these three descriptions go together?
What does it mean that Jesus is the Messiah? What connotations does the word “Messiah” have for you/in our culture? How does Jesus meet those expectations (if at all)? What expectations does Jesus meet (if any)?
When have you, or we as a church, set our mind on human things instead of divine things? How do we get back on track?
What do you hear as the good news in this text? What do you hear as a challenge? What might this passage have to say to our community today?