God, Self & Other – Luke 24: Releasing the Fantasy of Easy Victory

 

 

 

At last Jesus’s disciples seem to be understanding him! Jesus asks his inner circle: “Who do you say that I am?” And Peter responds for the team: “The Messiah of God!” Finally, Jesus’s full identity is being recognized!…except that Jesus then admonishes Peter et al to tell this to no one; and furthermore, to be ready to take up their own crosses when the time comes. It is not quite the spiking of the ball we might have expected. Quite the opposite, in fact. It is a warning of the dangers that lie ahead in the work of salvation.

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