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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Holiday (04/05/12)

TITLE: Jesus Takes a Break
By Earl G Donaldson
04/09/12


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The disciples had just returned from an extended time of on the job training (Mark 6:6-13), which had gone very well. The disciples, who had gone forth without a purse, without money and without food had been to their satisfaction accepted by families and given more credence than they had expected. They had preached the gospel as best they understood it and demonstrated what they preached by extending the love of Jesus, healing those they came across who were sick and casting out devils. The disciples were understandably excited about the results they were able to achieve. Some actually shouted, “Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name” (Luke 10:17).
It was important to Jesus that these people have time to think and process the events of their training. He asked them some questions: (Matthew 16:13-15) who do men say that I the Son of Man am? But who say ye that I am? We don’t know for sure specifically what answers Jesus was looking for, but Peter seemed right on target (Matthew 16:16-19}. It is clear that Jesus wanted those he was grooming to develop their theological understanding, which had to begin with an awareness of who Jesus was. The opening comments reflecting the thinking of the people: Jesus was a Jew and his was meant to be an extension of the Hebrew Religion. Only Peter knew that Jesus was the Son of the Living God. Let’s hope that things are different today.


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Camille (C D) Swanson 04/12/12
Nicely done.

Thank you for this short, yet powerful message. Good ending remarks.

God bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 04/12/12
This is a great mini-sermon. You did a nice job reflecting on the truth and relating it to the Scriptures.
Genia Gilbert04/12/12
A deep lesson here in a private/break session. Good writing.
Leola Ogle 04/12/12
Good devotional. Thanks for sharing! God bless!