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LEARNING TO LOVE YOURSELF
In that booming baritone voice that matched his hulk
perfectly, he had just spoken profound words of insight and
revelation. "Others may call you teacher or prophet, or even
a resurrected John the Baptist, but I know who you are! Thou
art the Christ!" (Mark 8:29)
Immediately our Lord began to tell them what that meant.
His words were totally unexpected. Instead of speaking of
kingdoms and power and fame and wealth, He talked of suffering
and rejection and murder and resurrection. (Mark 8:31)
At this point Simon Peter, still feeling proud of his great
spiritual insight, took Jesus aside to straighten Him out.
He glanced at the others to make sure they understood and
appreciated what He was doing. He spoke under his breath to
convince Jesus he was trying to correct Him without public
embarrassment. Placing a huge hand on the Lord's shoulder
he may have said: "Now when r called you the Messiah what I
had in mind was something entirely different. You know we've
got this Roman problem in our country and our people have had
it. They're ripe for someone to step in and be a leader. If
you'll act like a leader we can probably have you crowned king
within a year."
Our Lord's response is a warning to all of us. Like Simon
Peter, we may be tuned to God's leadership in one minute, and
in our pride, get our inspiration from Satan the next. "Get
behind me Satan; for you are not setting your mind on God's
interests, but man's." (Mark 8:33)
Then He turned to the large crowd of people assembled with
His disciples. "All of you, come here. I want to tell you
something." (Mark 8:34)
If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him
deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow
For whoever wishes to save his life shall lose
it; but whoever loses his life for My sake and
the gospel's shall save it.
For what does it profit a man to gain the
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