The Power of Human Denial

Matthew 16:21
From that time on, Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and undergo great suffering at the hands of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. (NRSV)

From that time on… From the time Peter declares Jesus as the Messiah in Caesarea Philippi, and Jesus calls him “the rock” and declares that on the foundation of faith in the revelation from God about who Jesus is, the church will be built, Jesus told the disciples everything about what to expect.

Really Matthew? You are telling me that Jesus continually told his disciples what to expect and they still didn’t get it? This shows us the great power of human denial. We know on the night of Jesus’ arrest Peter denies he knows Jesus, and in the end all the disciples run away in fear.

We are not so very different from the disciples. We would like to think we’d do better, but would we? I would not want to speculate on anyone but myself.

So, on this Monday morning (or whenever you read it) is a good time to get real with ourselves. What part of Jesus’ life and teaching makes you run away in fear?

blessings to you,
Pastor Karla


Scripture quotations are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Published by: Pastor Karla

I am a pastor and a retired Navy Chaplain who believes following Jesus in compassion, service and gratitude is the very best kind of doctrine. God is present in the world in the Spirit and in the church as the body of Christ. I am a One on the enneagram who lives to find the balance between having my 'to do list' all crossed off at the end of the day and being spontaneous in the moment. Biblical literacy is important to me, and I want to make the meaning of the Bible and its stories less of a mystery to the average person so the love of God comes through to them clearly. You can contact me at blessings to you, Pastor Karla

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