Do What, Jesus?

The Gospel lesson for tomorrow is from Mark 8.  It includes the passage of Jesus saying to his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me (v34).  Pretty powerful words, aren’t they?  I wonder if the disciples had any inkling as to what the words meant. 

Just before this, after Jesus had said that He was going to Jerusalem to die (and after three days rise again), Peter took Jesus aside and rebuked him for such thoughts and words!  That’s when Jesus calls Peter, “Satan!” How that for a response from the One who loves you!

It seems Peter learned a lesson the first time!  With Jesus’ “three-fold call (deny, take cross, follow) to discipleship,” Peter remains silent.  And so do the disciples.  And so do the crowds around him as well.

Perhaps THEIR silence is for us.  Perhaps we must join in with them and find a way to respond to his call.  Perhaps our questions will make us uncomfortable, but they must be asked.  “Where will it lead us, Lord?”  “What should we be doing?”  “Are we going to be all alone?” 

God’s grace in Jesus has given us the call.  God’s Spirit has empowered us to answer ‘yes’ to the call. God’s strength provides us the faith to respond.

I guess there’s only one thing left …

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