Mark 8:27-30 The Christ

Mark 8:27-30 The Christ.

As Jesus and his disciples were traveling to the gentile town of Caesarea Philippi (at the foot of Mt. Hermon), he asked them who the people wre saying he was. The only thing they seemed to agree on was that he was a prophet, albeit a pivotal one like John, Elijah, Jeremiah, or another of similar import (v. 27 Cf. Mt. 16:13-16; Lk. 9:18-20). Just as with the remembrance of John the Baptist’s death, there were many who believed in the idea of the resurrection, and not simply at the last day (Cf. Jn. 11:24), but even in their current situation. Evidently is was easier to believe in the resurrection of John, Elijah or one of the other prophets (v. 28 Cf. Mt. 14:1-2).

However, Jesus also wanted to know who his disciples thought he was, and Peter expresses their confession. Jesus was more than a prophet, he was the Christ. In fact, this confession first came to Peter through his brother Andrew. “He first found his own brother Simon, and said to him, ‘We have found the Messiah (lit. ‘Anointed One’ which is translated, the Christ)” (Jn. 1:41). Jesus name was not Jesus Christ, it is Jesus the Christ. The name ‘JESUS’ means “He will save His people from their sins” (Mt. 1:21), and only those who know him personally as Saviour can truly confess him as the Christ – the Anointed One (Jn. 4:42).

We all must come to know and believe for ourselves, that Jesus is the Christ (Jn. 6:69). The great pivot point here is in the confessing of Jesus as more than a prophet, because the Anointed One would be sent to fulfill all three anointed offices in his one person – Prophet, Priest, and King. To be sure, everything that we know of him is based upon his prophetic word, but from the holy scriptures we also learn that as priest he would himself provide the propitiation for our sins, and reign as a Priest-King. Only in his threefold office could he be our Saviour. As the Messiah, he would not only be resurrected, but he also held the power thereof (Jn. 11:25-27).

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