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Mark 8:27 - 9:8 Commentary
by Raquel S. Lettsome
The confession at Caesarea Philippi marks one of the high points of Peter’s discipleship.
Peter is the first human being to recognize Jesus as the Messiah. Mark tips his hand in his prologue when he writes: “The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, Son of God” (Mark 1:1). The reader knows Jesus’ identity from the beginning. Up to this point in the narrative, however, no one else has identified him as Christos. The voice from heaven (1:11), the demons (1:24; 3:11; 5:7), and the angels (1:13) know Jesus to be more than an ordinary mortal but even they do not acknowledge him specifically as Messiah. Therefore, when Peter declares Jesus to be the Christ, the reader already knows he has hit the jackpot. He now stands in the category quite apart from the rest. He has moved from being listed among the 12 (3:16) and then being set apart as one of three (5:37) to now being the only human being who really knows who Jesus is.
Absent from Mark’s accounting of this incident is the commendation of Jesus or the suggestion that Peter’s confession is based ...
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February 07, 2016
This podcast discusses Mark 8:27--9:8, the Narrative Lectionary reading for Feb. 7, 2016.