The text on Sunday, Mark 8, is an exam question. Je- sus asks, “Who do you say that I am?” Be careful here; our answer makes all the difference in the world in how we relate to Jesus. The disciples struggle in Mark 8 to come up with their response. In fact, Peter is so way off with his answer that Jesus rebuked him with the words, “Get behind me, Satan!” Those early disciples had a lot of learning to do. Their understand- ing and acceptance of Jesus would eventually unfold. They just had to stick by him, observe his actions, and experience him day to day.
We modern day followers of Jesus might take heart in the disciples unflattering depiction of discipleship. After all, we often struggle to get the point of Jesus. It will take a lifetime journey with him in which his meaning for us will unfold. Faithfulness to Jesus re-
quires a willingness to learn, an expectation that there will be twists and turns along the way, and surprises after surprises. As I said in my sermon, we may never be asked to die for our faith, but every day we are asked to live for our faith. When Jesus tests us, what will our answer be? I hope each of us get our lives caught up in God’s work in the world!
Peace, Pastor Gary