Summary: A study of the Gospel of Mark 8:27-33
You Are Christ, The Messiah
“ 27 Now Jesus and His disciples went out to the towns of Caesarea Philippi; and on the road He asked His disciples, saying to them, “Who do men say that I am?” 28 So they answered, “John the Baptist; but some say, Elijah; and others, one of the prophets.” 29 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered and said to Him, “You are the Christ.” 30 Then He strictly warned them that they should tell no one about Him. 31 And He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32 He spoke this word openly. Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him. 33 But when He had turned around and looked at His disciples, He rebuked Peter, saying, “Get behind Me, Satan! For you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.”
The apostle Matthew along with the disciple Luke also wrote of this incident. So, let us see what they had to say in order that we might find out some additional information.
Luke 9: 18 – 22, “18 And it happened, as He was alone praying, that His disciples joined Him, and He asked them, saying, “Who do the crowds say that I am?” 19 So they answered and said, “John the Baptist, but some say Elijah; and others say that one of the old prophets has risen again.” 20 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered and said, “The Christ of God.” 21 And He strictly warned and commanded them to tell this to no one, 22 saying, “The Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day.”
Matthew 16:13-23 13 When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?” 14 So they said, “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. 18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. 19 And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. 20 Then He commanded His disciples that they should tell no one that He was Jesus the Christ. 21 From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day. 22 Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!” 23 But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.”
I love the Gospels. When you take the time to think through every Gospel to understand what exactly took place you are greatly blessed.
I find it exhilarating to see some amazing things which happened with our Precious Holy Lord and Savior as He Is guided by our Wonderful Holy Spirit into situations which displays the fulfillment of prophecy. Over and over He winds up doing something that the prophets had predicted the Messiah would do.
Now, here is a question for you do consider, ‘Have any of you any questions or concerns in what you just read?’
At first there seems to be some inconsistencies. Did you pick them up? Well, let me tell you what I noticed. In Luke’s version, he says that the Lord was alone praying and His disciples joined Him. Then He asked the question regarding Who was He thought to be.
Mark was informed by Peter that our Lord was traveling around a few towns around Caesarea Philippi and on the road He asked the disciples the question.
So, who is right?
The Word of God is perfect. So, the problem lies with us, not in the Scripture. When we slow down to the speed of life and fully examine the Scripture we will fully understand how everything occurred.