Mystery Messiah

by Jonathan Bailey

Mark 8:30
“and He warned them to tell no one about Him.”

Why did Jesus not want people, the Jewish people, to know He was the Messiah? I think it is because they all had their own conceptions of who the Messiah was supposed to be and what He was supposed to do. He did not want them to look at Him with their lenses. Jesus wanted them to see Him for who He was. After they finally got to know Jesus and who He was, then He would reveal to the Jewish people who He truly was. The Messiah. The coming King. The Creator of the Universe.

Mark 8:31-33
“31And He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.

32And He was stating the matter plainly. And Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him.

33But turning around and seeing His disciples, He rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind Me, Satan; for you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but man’s.”

As it is easy to see, the Jews had absolutely no conception of a suffering Messiah. It was not in their teaching. And so Jesus has to correct their teaching on death.

A suffering Messiah. Who would have guessed it?

Seek the Kingdom,
Jon

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