What about us? Who is Jesus - really?
Poor old Peter. One minute he seems to have it all sorted. Next minute, he is being rebuked. Except, in Mark, like the blind man Jesus had just healed, Peter is really only seeing very dimly. They are rebuked to be silent because they do not understand. Jesus needed to know how much of the last three years had stuck. Turned out not much. This group were in no shape for the big time and all that waited in Jerusalem. They got the liberation bit, but not the way all that might happen. Their ideas were too influenced by how their society operated. It was hard to let go and see God at work in vulnerability, caring and love.
What about us? What have we learned thus far from our travels with Jesus? Who is Jesus - really? How much is our answer to Jesus’ question shaped by our society and our hopes and dreams? What has all this prepared us for? And just what is it that lies ahead for us? What will be required us to actually produce the fruit from all this preparation? Are we ready for what lies ahead?