by Rex Yancey

Another Look at Jesus
Rex Yancey
Mark 8:27-30

As the gospel writers trace the indelible steps of Jesus across Palestine, they picture Jesus as being confronted with the questions of man. He was questioned about taxation, life after death, religion, and about relationships. He was questioned by his disciples; what he meant about a certain parable, or statement or action of His life.
Sometimes these questions were trivial and meaningless. But in our text, Jesus asks a question. In the midst of human questions came a divine question. It cut to the heart of man and has stalked its way through the centuries since. It is a question of ultimate importance as we approach this Christmas season.
He asked "What do people think of me?" I don't think he needed to ask this question for Himself. He asked this question for His disciples. They needed to wrestle with this question in their own mind. This was an opener to His basic question "What do you think of me?"
He did not ask them what they thought about the church. He did not ask them what they thought about an ordinance, or ritual. Christianity rises or falls not on a particular church, ceremony or ritual, but on Him, Jesus Christ.
Too often, we focus our attention on the wrong thing. We need to put our primary focus on Jesus Christ. This is the most important question anyone will ever face. This answer to this question will determine whether a person is a Christian or not. It will determine a person's quality of life on earth. It will determine a person's eternal destiny.
That's why I want us to take another look at Jesus.
He was a man. He grew up like any other man. He was nourished, cared for, and watched over by his parents. He worked in His father's carpenter's shop. He grew tired just like any other man.
He began His public ministry when He was thirty. He got thirsty, tired, and blistered feet. He lived the same life we live. He hurt, laughed, played, ...

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