Mark Has Some Good News, Part 34, This Little Light Of Mine
Peter Confesses Jesus as the Christ
27 And Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi. And on the way he asked his disciples, "Who do people say that I am?" 28 And they told him, "John the Baptist; and others say, Elijah; and others, one of the prophets." 29 And he asked them, "But who do you say that I am?" Peter answered him, "You are the Christ." 30 And he strictly charged them to tell no one about him.
Jesus Foretells His Death and Resurrection
31 And he began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32 And he said this plainly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33 But turning and seeing his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, "Get behind me, Satan! For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man."
34 And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 35 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it. 36 For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? 37 For what can a man give in return for his soul? 38 For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels."
This is one of those ultimatum points in scripture. It's were you decide if you like Jesus like a high school friend you'll get Facebook game invites from in college, or a savior. Faith and following go hand in hand and what Christ is telling here is the cost for knowing him goes up as you sit on the follow through.
Jesus sees the doubt welling up in Peter as he questions Jesus reasons and purpose. He was in a pretty comfy position if you think about it. He got to hang out with Jesus all day and talk down to the local authorities. Even got to see miracles happen on a regular basis. That would be reason enough for me to ask Jesus not to leave and die on a cross. To assume it's wrong.
The truth of the matter is everyone who comes to faith in Christ becomes a little light in a sea of darkness. Our job is to shine. Now a light on the dimmest setting will almost blend into the darkness, and what that darkness tries to do is get you, me, peter, everyone to keep our lights on low. And Jesus wants to let them shine.
Jesus was also keenly aware of what would happen when lights are bright. Darkness notices, and comes to kill the lights. And Peter at the cost of losing a friend was trying to lose a savior. So Jesus turn the lights up and exposed the darkness.
As a little light in the world your faith and your proclamation of that faith is how bright you are. As Jesus' return is getting closer and closer what will you do with your switch? Will you blend in and stay just as dim and quiet as you were when you first found Christ, or crank that dial to 11 and let your light shine.