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"Men as Trees, Walking"

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Understanding the Jesus' Person and Purpose is necessary to follow Him.

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Illustration for not seeing clearly.
The Blind man’s healing illustrates the disciple’s partial understanding of who Jesus was and their confusion over his mission.
We must understand Jesus’ person and purpose in order to follow Him.

Peter’s Confession

The setting is Caesarea Philippi, a city at the base of Mount Hermon that had a long history of idolatry.
What do you believe about Jesus? You must know the identity of Christ!
Who do you say that Jesus is?
A prophet? John the Baptist came in the Spirit and power of Elijah.
A good teacher?
Peter says, “You are the Christ!” the anointed one.
(ESV)
Matthew 16:16–18 ESV
Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
This is the confession of faith upon which the church is built. Jesus is the Son of God, the anointed one!

Peter’s Confusion

Why do you think Jesus came?
Jesus’ prophecy about his rejection by the elders, death and resurrection on the third day did not align with Peter’s idea of the Messiah.
Matthew 16:22 ESV
And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “Far be it from you, Lord! This shall never happen to you.”
The Bible Exposition Commentary Chapter Seven: The Servant’s Secrets (Mark 8:27–9:50)

The man who loves Jesus, but who shuns God’s method, is a stumbling block to Him.”

The Bible Exposition Commentary Chapter Seven: The Servant’s Secrets (Mark 8:27–9:50)

The man who loves Jesus, but who shuns God’s method, is a stumbling block to Him.”

G. Campbell Morgan - The man who loves Jesus, but who shuns God’s method, is a stumbling block to Him.
The Bible Exposition Commentary Chapter Seven: The Servant’s Secrets (Mark 8:27–9:50)

The man who loves Jesus, but who shuns God’s method, is a stumbling block to Him.

Jesus never allows us to make him in our image!
We must come to him as he is, not as we wish him to be.
Suffering and glory go hand-in-hand. Jesus is both the Suffering Servant and the King of Kings.
Wiersbe, W. W. (1996). The Bible exposition commentary (Vol. 1, pp. 139–140). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.
1 Peter 4:13 ESV
But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.
(ESV)
Romans 8:18–20 ESV
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope
Romans 8:18 ESV
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
13 But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.
In the moment Peter wanted a Sovereign, but did not understand his need for a Savior first.
There are many today who want the glory of the crown in Christianity, but never speak of the cost of the cross that Christ bore. Preaching only self-improvement. There are others that want the sympathy of the Shepherd without recognizing his Sovereignty.
There are others that want the sympathy of the Shepherd without recognizing his Sovereignty.
The Messiah came first to save and then to reign.
The Messiah is Jesus, who humbled himself in coming to earth, became our servant showing us true love, sacrificed himself to atone for our sin, rose again in victory, is now seated at the right hand of the Father and will come again to judge the living and the dead.
Have you clearly seen the Person and Purpose of Jesus Christ? Or do you still see him like “men, as trees walking?”
Acts 2:36–38 NKJV
“Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.” Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?” Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
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