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September 9, 2018
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September 23, 2018

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

 

Who do people say that I am? And it is an understandable question by this point in the Gospel because Jesus has been so many things to so many people. He’s been a healer and a teacher and a wanderer. He’s been a builder. And a caster out of demons. He’s been a child of miraculous birth. The people understood that God was up to something new and amazing through him. They wonder if he is not the return of John the Baptist who had been beheaded or the return of Elijiah who had gone up to heaven in a fiery whirlwind. But it’s Peter who first uses the term Messiah for Jesus. And it’s that word that is pregnant with the most meaning and carries with it the most possibility for confusion. Perhaps that is why Jesus did not wish the disciples to talk about him as the Messiah. [To hear the entire sermon, click on the arrow above.]