“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”
Peter answered, “You are the Christ.”
Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about him.
He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again. He spoke plainly about this, and Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. Mark 8:29-32
Jesus begins a different dimension with the disciples. A different relationship. he began to let them in on his death and resurrection. For the first time, he reveals the pivotal point of history.
Why then? Why not when he first recruited the disciples?
“OK guys, here is the deal: If you follow me it’s going to be an adventure. It will be incredibly demanding. It will demand everything. We will be together about three years. I will be handed over to leaders on some trumped up charges. I will be killed. Three days later I will come back to life. I will then return to heaven and you will establish my church with the help of the Holy Spirit. Oh, and you will be persecuted. Who’s in?”
Nope. Jesus waited until they believed who he was before he revealed his plans.
We all want to know God’s plan. I want to know the end, the destination, the full deal. But God reveals bit by bit to me. Strangely enough I am finding that his revealing his plans to me is in direct proportion to who I say he is. The more I make him Christ in my life, the more I say “yes” to knowing him, the more I pursue him, the more he reveals his plans to me.
Life is not in the revealing of plans, it is in who Christ is in my life. When I continue to say, “You are Christ, you are the Son of God, you are everything,'” he shows more of himself and his plans.
Jesus, thanks that you didn’t set life up to be a pursuit of things, but a pursuit of you. I will continue to make you Christ, to make you the leader of my life. I will look for what you have for me as I fit into your plans, but I will not pursue the experience or even the journey. I will pursue you.
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