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September 13, 2015.

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This week we will be looking into the question "Who do people say I am?"

Mark 8:27-38

Jesus went on with his discipes to the villages of Caesarea Phillipi; and on the way he asked his disciples, "Who do people say I am?" And they answered him, "John the Baptist, Elijah, and still others, one of the prophets." He asked them, "But who do you say I am?" Peter answered him, "You are the Messiah." And he sternly ordered them not to tell anyone about him.

Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering and be rejected by the eldersm the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed and after three days rise again. He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter, "Get behind me Satan!" For you are setting your mind not on divine things buton human things!"

He called the crowd with his disciples and said to them, " If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their crosses and follow mw. For those who want to save their lives will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? Those that are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.

After reading these words of scripture, the following song came to me. Lyrics and music.

Who is this man? Tell me who is this man? Who is this man from the Galilee?

Calming the storms and stilling the seas

Who is this man from the Galilee? Who is this man from the Galilee?

The deaf can hear and the dumb can speak

The lame can walk and the blind can see

The hungry are fed the captives set free

Who is this man from the Galilee? Who is this man from the Galilee?

Breaking the bread and sharing the wine

Who is this man from the Galilee Tell me who is this Nazarene?

Over 2,000 years have passed since Jesus asked, "Who do you say I am?' People still struggle with knowing who Jesus is and is not. People still question what cross it is that they must carry. People use His name to justify many things? They ask "What would Jesus do?" They make claims about who Jesus loves and does not love, about who he blesses and who he condemns. There are those who both hate and love in his name. There are those who use his name as a call to crusade and to war. There are those who use his Name as a call to Peace.

Perhaps there are no simple answers: While driving in the car yesterday, a lyric came into my mind

If you could talk to the Lord, what would you ask of him?

How do I love my neighbor? How do I live in Peace?

How do I honor the Father? How can I find relief?

Jesus wants to love us. He cries out with every breath.

When you love your neighbor?

You will find that you are blessed.

When you are lost and lonely, when you are confused and afraid

Call on the Lord he will answer you, he will show you the way.