The Gospel of Luke – Week 25
Peter’s Confession and The Revealing Of The Glory Of The Christ
Jesus has been training his disciples for a number of months by this point in Luke, and this point also marks the transition of Jesus journey out of Galilee and towards Jerusalem, and ultimately toward the crucifixion. This text also is the first time Jesus references what is to come in Jerusalem. Jesus asks the disciples who they believe that he is, and Peter boldly confesses his belief that Jesus is the Messiah the Jews have been waiting for. Jesus explains to the disciples also that there is a cost to following him, as well as a cost to rejecting him, both now and in eternity. Discipleship to Jesus is costly, but the cost it totally worth it! Jesus confirms his deity a short time later in the transfiguration with Peter, James, and John on the side of a mountain, where they encounter Moses and Elijah, and hear the voice of God affirm what Peter has already declared about Jesus identity. One of the critical points in this text is that we will respond and follow Jesus in particular ways based on who we truly believe him to be. Listen to this lesson and let me explain what I mean by that.