Who Do You Say He Is?
We are currently studying the Book of Mark. The past Sunday we discussed chapter 8, not all of chapter 8 but a good portion of it. For me, this is one of the more important chapters and our Pastor said that it is the most important chapter in the entire Bible. He may be right as the question that is ask of us would be one the most important, if not the single most important, questions of our lives. Actually, it is the single most important question we could ever encounter. The way a person answers this one question should determine the path their life takes and how they conduct their affairs. At the end of the day these two elements are what make up our lives – our path and our conduct. Work, family and human interactions are all based on these two principals. It also influences what swirls around in our mind and whatever is swirling in our mind usually finds a way to make manifest in our lives. A cleaner mind, means a cleaner life which leads to a stronger path and a more easy going disposition.
Today I am going to do something a little a different. The King James Version of the Holy Bible is vastly different from all other versions. And, since words are of the utmost importance I will, from this point forward, only use the King James Version for the words that Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Savior, spoke. The commentary of the Apostles will be from the NKJV to make it a little easier to understand. However, there is one caveat, if the words are completely out of sync with the original I will use the KJV instead of the NKJV.
27 Now Jesus and His disciples went out to the towns of Caesarea Philippi; and on the road He asked His disciples, saying to them, Whom do men say that I am?
28 So they answered, “John the Baptist; but some say, Elias; and others, one of the prophets.”
29 He said to them, “But whom say ye that I am?” Peter answered and said to Him, “You are the Christ.”
30 Then He strictly warned them that they should tell no one about Him.
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.
32 He spoke this word openly. Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him.
33 But when He had turned around and looked at His disciples, He rebuked Peter, saying, Get thee behind me, Satan: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but the things that be of men.
34 When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
35 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.
36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
37 Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
38 Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.