Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide SA
SUN 28-FEB-2021 - 11.00 AM Sermon
Rev Sandy Boyce
Lent 2 – In the context of the day's gospel reading, Jesus had asked his disciples who people said he was, and Peter had said straight out that Jesus was God's anointed one, the Christ, the Messiah. There was a popular expectation that when the Messiah came there was going to be a divine military overthrow of the Romans and the establishment in Palestine of God's perfect kingdom on earth. But Jesus said No; there was not going to be a divine coup d'état; instead, the Messiah was destined for a cruel death by crucifixion. To which Peter responded, "What sort of Messiah is this?" Then came the Transfiguration event up on the mountain, when Jesus was affirmed as God's beloved Son in the presence of Peter and two other disciples. The church embodies the reign of God, when its existence is for others by helping and serving, not by dominating, and by carrying one another's burdens and sharing in community. Discipleship is not a comfortable way of life, but a life-changing, life-threatening commitment to Jesus. The church is not an idea or a set of beliefs, but a commitment to a person, Jesus Christ, and a pledge to follow the way of Jesus and take our place in the reign of God, here and now.
Mark 8: 31-38

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