Episode #50 - "Our Desire To Manage Risk”
Introductory Image - A mountain town and a busy city.
I love them both for exactly what they are. If you were simply choosing where to visit, it would be similar to choosing between your favorite mountain lake and the political hub of your nation. People choose to visit either for different reasons, but the reading for this week has much larger stakes.
Moving Beyond the Image - Jesus never stays in place, resting on his achievements, asking for repeated praise from those he has healed, fed, and taught. To this point, the majority of his travels have been around the relatively small community of the Sea of Galilee. He wants to take his disciples to Jerusalem, because he knows he must confront his greatest foes in the heart of the city.
Matthew 16:21-28 Common English Bible (CEB)
First prediction of Jesus’ death and resurrection
21 From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he had to go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders, chief priests, and legal experts, and that he had to be killed and raised on the third day. 22 Then Peter took hold of Jesus and, scolding him, began to correct him: “God forbid, Lord! This won’t happen to you.” 23 But he turned to Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan. You are a stone that could make me stumble, for you are not thinking God’s thoughts but human thoughts.”
Saving and losing life
24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “All who want to come after me must say no to themselves, take up their cross, and follow me. 25 All who want to save their lives will lose them. But all who lose their lives because of me will find them. 26 Why would people gain the whole world but lose their lives? What will people give in exchange for their lives? 27 For the Human One is about to come with the majesty of his Father with his angels. And then he will repay each one for what that person has done. 28 I assure you that some standing here won’t die before they see the Human One coming in his kingdom.”
Points of Discussion
The thin line between the rock and the stone
When affirming works against progress
Robbing the cross of it’s power
This Sunday, we will continue to explore the differences between the two locations, the highs and lows of discipleship, and our call to embrace risk just as Jesus did.
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