Treasure (2)

 

http://www.chapel.org/messages/treasure

The series at The Chapel conjures up ideas of pirate ships and chests full of gold.  The series is called Treasure.  Things that we treasure are things of great worth.  We treasure our families, our memories, and our possessions.  However the Bible teaches that there is one thing that we should treasure above all.

  • What things do you use to define yourself when
    you meet someone for the first time?
  • What do you hear about Jesus in the media?  Who do people think Jesus is?
  • Groups like Muslims show great respect to Jesus.  How would you respond to those who see him as a prophet, a great teacher, or a good man?

Read Luke 9:18-50:

18 Once when Jesus was praying in private and his disciples were with him, he asked
them, “Who do the crowds say I am?”

19 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, that
one of the prophets of long ago has come back to life.”

20 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”

Peter answered, “God’s Messiah.”

21Jesus strictly warned them not to tell this to anyone. 22 And he
said, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders,
the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and he must be killed and on the
third day be raised to life.”

23 Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. 24 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it. 25 What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self? 26 Whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.

27 “Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they
see the kingdom of God.”

28 About eight days after Jesus said this, he took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray. 29 As he was praying, the
appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of
lightning. 30 Two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared in glorious splendor, talking with Jesus. 31 They spoke about his departure,[a] which he was about to bring to fulfillment at Jerusalem. 32 Peter and his companions were very sleepy, but when
they became fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him. 33
As the men were leaving Jesus, Peter said to him, “Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” (He did not know what he was saying.)

34 While he was speaking, a cloud appeared and covered them, and they were afraid
as they entered the cloud. 35 A voice came from the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.” 36 When the voice had spoken, they found that Jesus was alone. The disciples kept this to themselves and did not tell anyone at that time what they had seen.

37 The next day, when they came down from the mountain, a large crowd met him. 38 A man in the crowd called out, “Teacher, I beg you to look at my son, for he is
my only child. 39 A spirit seizes him and he suddenly screams; it throws him into convulsions so that he foams at the mouth. It scarcely ever leaves him and is destroying him. 40 I begged your disciples to drive it out, but they could not.”

41 “You unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay
with you and put up with you? Bring your son here.”

42 Even while the boy was coming, the demon threw him to the ground in a convulsion. But Jesus rebuked the impure spirit, healed the boy and gave him back to his father. 43 And they were all amazed at the greatness of God.

While everyone was marveling at all that Jesus did, he said to his disciples, 44
“Listen carefully to what I am about to tell you: The Son of Man is going to be
delivered into the hands of men.” 45 But they did not understand what this meant. It was hidden from them, so that they did not grasp it, and they were afraid to ask him about it.

46 An argument started among the disciples as to which of them would be the greatest. 47 Jesus, knowing their thoughts, took a little child and had him
stand beside him. 48 Then he said to them, “Whoever welcomes this
little child in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one
who sent me. For it is the one who is least among you all who is the greatest.”

49 “Master,” said John, “we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we
tried to stop him, because he is not one of us.”

50 “Do not stop him,” Jesus said, “for whoever is not against you is for you.”

Questions

  • Who did people in Jesus’ day say that he is?
  • What did Peter say about Jesus?
  • How did Jesus’ transfiguration confirm what
    Peter thought?

The second message on Treasure (www.chapel.org) caused us to think about who Jesus is.  Jesus himself is the treasure that is central to the Kingdom of God. We do not follow a set of rules primarily, we do not follow a team: we follow a person.  There is a difference
between being a fan of a person and a follower. A follower in the Bible was a fully committed equivalent to a slave.  The message challenged us to think whether we have that same commitment.

  • How does this passage create a divide between
    those who belong to Jesus and those who do not?
  • Why is the idea of becoming a slave to our
    master so controversial in North America?
  • Who do you think people you know are most
    committed to?
  • How does the image of a nail driven into the ear
    to become a bond-servant affect you?
  • Anne Rice, writer of Vampire novels, said that it is easy to create an image of Jesus which looks like us, however it is harder to create a life in ourselves that looks like Him.  What can we do to stop changing Jesus and keep changing ourselves?

Next Steps

The Holman Concise Bible Dictionary says that “Legally a slave had no rights; but, except for the gangs [who worked in the fields], most were treated humanely and were better off than many free persons.  Domestics were considered a part of the family, and some were greatly loved by their masters.”

The apostles frequently introduced themselves as slaves.

  • In what ways does slavery in American history colour our views on slavery?
  • How do North Americans view submission?  How would you encourage people to submit to one another and to submit to Christ?
  • What rights do you hold dear?  How would giving up more of your rights lead
    to greater peace with God and greater peace in your home or workplace?
  • Verses for further study:
    • (Ex. 12:44-48; 21:1-11, 20-21, 26-27) Rules
      about slaves
    • (Mark 8:27-38)
      • Look at how Peter confesses Jesus is the Christ
        but does not understand what the Christ must do.
      • How do people say the right words about Jesus
        but miss their significance?
      • How do people suffer through an internal
        struggle to pursue Jesus?
      • How do people suffer external struggle to follow
        Jesus?
      • What would your week be like if you wore a cross
        on your lapel, a Jesus T-shirt, or other identifier?  Would the week be the same or different?  How?
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About Plymothian

I teach at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. My interests include education, biblical studies, and spiritual formation. I have been married to Kelli since 1998 and we have two children, Daryl and Amelia. For recreation I like to run, play soccer, play board games, read and travel.
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13 Responses to Treasure (2)

  1. Sokloon Dy says:

    1. Some people said Jesus was John the Baptist, Elijah, or a prophet.
    2. Peter said that Jesus is God’s Messiah.
    3. His glory was revealed before them.

  2. Sandra Tindle says:

    • When I meet someone for the first time, I define myself by where I am, what I say, what I look like, etc.
    • I don’t hear that much about Jesus in the media, mostly because people don’t talk about God and religion very much. People have all kinds of ideas of who Jesus is, from a harsh punisher to a gentle lover that accepts everything, to somewhere in between.
    • To those who see him as a prophet, a great teacher, or a good man, I would agree. Jesus was all of those things. But he was also more than that. He was God.
    • In Jesus’ day, people said that he was John the Baptist, Elijah, and a prophet from long ago that came back to life.
    • Peter said that Jesus was God’s Messiah.
    • Jesus’ transfiguration confirmed what Peter thought because God said that Jesus was His son who He chose.
    • Those who belong to Jesus want to follow Him, and those who do not belong to Him don’t.
    • The idea of becoming a slave is so controversial in North America because we are focused on freedom, and we don’t want anyone telling us what to do.
    • The people I know are most committed to Jesus, their bosses, their professors, their parents.
    • The image of a nail driven into the ear to become a bond-servant makes me realize how permanent and binging it is.
    • By spending more time in the Word, studying who Jesus was, we will become more like him and make him less like us.
    • Slavery in American history was vicious, violent, and inhumane. As a result, that is what we think of when we think of slavery.
    • North Americans view submission as a sign of weakness and inferiority. I would encourage people to submit to one another by loving each other, and so submit to Christ by trusting that He has a plan and He will take care of them.
    • I hold the right to be independent and make my own decisions dear. Giving up more of my rights would lead to a greater peace with God and greater peace in my home and school because I would trust in God for making decisions and not rely so much on my own planning and strength, but rely on Him alone.
    • People say the right words about Jesus but miss their significance if God has hidden their significance from them so that they can’t understand.
    • People suffer through an internal struggle to pursue Jesus when they don’t fully know who he is and all that he does.
    • I would be reminded more often throughout the week that I need to focus on God and live for him. The week would probably not be much different externally, but internally it would be different.

  3. Grace Yoo says:

    1. People in Jesus’ day said or thought that Jesus was John the Baptist, Elijah, or a prophet that has come back to life.

    2. Peter said that Jesus was God’s Messiah.

    3. Jesus’ Transfiguration confirmed what Peter thought by revealing His glory through several amazing things such as his face changing and his clothes becoming bright.

  4. Moon [ED 2203;Mon 6:00pm class] says:

    1.Who did people in Jesus’ day say that he is?
    some people said Jesus was John the Baptist; others said Elijah; and others said one of the prophets.
    2.What did Peter say about Jesus?
    God’s Messiah
    3.How did Jesus’ transfiguration confirm what Peter thought?
    His transfiguration was a miracle. And the miracle confirmed what Peter thought that Jesus Christ’s the Messiah.
    4.How does this passage create a divide between those who belong to Jesus and those who do not?
    those who can say Jesus Christ is the Messiah from God belong to Him and those who think Jesus Christ is just a man, or John the Baptist, or Elijah, or a prophet, or anything else beside the Messiah do not belong to Him.
    5.Why is the idea of becoming a slave to our master so controversial in North America?
    Today the term of “slave” implies negative means, such as inequality, or violation of human rights, due to a history of slaves in North America.
    6.Who do you think people you know are most committed to?
    7.How does the image of a nail driven into the ear to become a bond-servant affect you?
    honestly the image to me living in modern times seems poor and oppressed
    8.Anne Rice, writer of Vampire novels, said that it is easy to create an image of Jesus which looks like us, however it is harder to create a life in ourselves that looks like Him. What can we do to stop changing Jesus and keep changing ourselves?
    I believe we should study the Bible to know and understand the Christ more, so that we may not change Jesus but keep changing ourselves.

  5. Melisa Guiles says:

    1. I use my name, my family, and my faith to define myself. I also use my major and the things I like to do to define myself.
    2. I don’t hear about Jesus much in the media, but when I do it He is always associated with people who are condemning others. I think that people think that Jesus is some guy who lived a long time ago who was all for peace and love and was soft.
    3. I would agree with them because Jesus was all these things. However, He is much more than that and I would try to explain that to them as well.
    4. John the Baptist, Elijah, one of the prophets
    5. He said that Jesus was God’s Messiah
    6. The transfiguration showed Jesus in all His glory and power, so it confirm that He was truly the Messiah sent from God.
    7. Those who belong to Jesus will recognize who He is while those that don’t belong to Him will see Him as so much less than He truly is.
    8. It is controversial in our society because we have had it ingrained in us that everyone is equal. The idea of being a slave puts us lower than those around us. With our countries history of slavery, the idea of being a slave does not sit well with people.
    8. They are most committed to Jesus.
    9. It shows me that it is not something to be taken lightly, because that kind of mark is permanent.
    10. I think that we need to get to know the real Jesus better. When we study Scripture and see who Jesus is, the Holy Spirit transforms us from the inside out.
    11. It makes us view slavery as a cruel and inhumane way of life.
    12. They view submission as a sign of weakness. I would encourage them to submit to each other by loving one another and doing what is best for each other. I would encourage them to submit to God by allowing Him to change us and to control every aspect of their life.
    13. I hold the dear the right to be free and the right to make my own choices. If I gave up these rights, I would be able to love other and God better. I think it would bring greater peace because I would be looking our for the interests of others instead of myself.
    14. One big example is that the say that Jesus is Lord and then do not allow Him control over every aspect of their life.
    15. They suffer with the choice of allowing themselves to be transformed or being comfortable with their sin.
    16. There are many people who suffer ridicule, punishment, and even death in order to follow Jesus.
    17. I think the week would be the same to those around me, but different for me. It would be a constant reminder to me to serve the Lord instead of myself.

  6. aaron wright says:

    1. they claimed that he was just a prophet or a good man
    2. God’s messiah
    3. It was God speaking to him telling him that Jesus was in fact the messiah

  7. HeeJin,Choi says:

    •Who did people in Jesus’ day say that he is?
    -John the Baptist, Elijah, or one of the prophets
    •What did Peter say about Jesus?
    -The Christ of God
    •How did Jesus’ transfiguration confirm what
    Peter thought?
    – His glory testified that Jesus is Son of God, whom God has chosen. and he is bringing to fulfillment at Jerusalem.

  8. Rebecca Langer says:

    • What things do you use to define yourself when
    you meet someone for the first time?
    I might tell them that I am interested in Art, I am a Sophomore at Moody Bible Institute studying elementary Education, and I have four brothers.
    • What do you hear about Jesus in the media? Who do people think Jesus is?
    Many times Jesus is thought of as this mystical being that never really existed. Celebs will wear shirts that say, “Jesus is my homeboy”.
    • Groups like Muslims show great respect to Jesus. How would you respond to those who see him as a prophet, a great teacher, or a good man?
    I would agree with them that he was all of those things, but I would show them how he is much more as well.
    • Who did people in Jesus’ day say that he is?
    Many people thought that he was Elijah, John the Baptist, or a prophet.
    • What did Peter say about Jesus?
    Peter thought he was the Son of God.
    • How did Jesus’ transfiguration confirm what
    Peter thought?
    It showed Peter that indeed Jesus was the Son. He was talking with Elijah!
    • How does this passage create a divide between
    those who belong to Jesus and those who do not?
    If you believe that Jesus is anything less than the true Son of God, then they are not a true believer.
    • Why is the idea of becoming a slave to our
    master so controversial in North America?
    We worked so hard to get rid of slavery, and now we are putting ourselves back under it?!? The idea doesn’t sound right to the U.S. mindset.
    • Who do you think people you know are most
    committed to?
    I would say to Jesus Christ, themselves, and their family and close friends.
    • How does the image of a nail driven into the ear
    to become a bond-servant affect you?
    It is permanent. It is a little scary. Not pleasant at all.
    • Anne Rice, writer of Vampire novels, said that it is easy to create an image of Jesus which looks like us, however it is harder to create a life in ourselves that looks like Him. What can we do to stop changing Jesus and keep changing ourselves?
    We need to make sure that we are constantly looking at Jesus through the lenses of scripture and conforming our lives after Him!

  9. 1. Myself, My family, my school, my major
    2. When we hear about Jesus in the media it is usually in reference to His followers who are doing something extreme in His name either for good or bad. I think many people think that Jesus was a nice guy who did great things for people, but don’t always buy into they death and resurrection part.
    3.I would encourage them to think beyond that and I would quote CS Lewis, stating “Jesus is either liar, lunatic, or Lord”
    4. John the Baptist reincarnated, a prophet of old, or Elijah
    5. Peter said He was “God’s Messiah”
    6. The transfiguration showed Jesus’ divinity
    7. This passage divides Jesus’ followers who will be slaves to Christ, and those who are fans, who will not make Jesus their only treasure.
    8. The idea of becoming a slave to our master is controversial in the S because of how awful slavery was, and how was an undesired bondage, whereas Christ is a a Master who sets us free from bondage.
    9. People I know are most committed to their family and friends.
    10. That image reminds me of what Jesus has done for me and the price He has paid, reminding me that He is worth anything, even that kind of pain.
    11. We need to keep Jesus the same and change ourselves by learning who Jesus really was through His Word.
    12. Slavery in America affects how we view submission to our Master because it was not like the slavery of the Romans where they felt indebted to their master, in America they just couldn’t escape their master.
    13. I could encourage people to submit though by recalling the scriptures that talk about submission.
    14. I hold dear my right to spend my time as I want to, I could give up this right though by making certain hours of my week doing something for somebody else.
    15.People say that Jesus is Lord but they do not live like He is Lord.
    16. People through an internal struggle to know Jesus, as they desire to know Him but do are not willing to submit to His ways and allow Him the power to be all that He is and do in our lives all that He can do.
    17. People struggle externally through verbal, physical, and emotional abuse for their faith in Jesus.
    18. I think the week would be different in that I would be constantly aware of the fact that Jesus was who I was representing and I think others would take notice as well, and I would feel held accountable for the way in which I live while I proclaim the name of Christ.

  10. Kristin Goffinet says:

    – Some people said that Jesus was a prophet, and they even thought he may have been Elijah or Moses.
    – Peter said that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of God.
    – I think that the transformation reinforced Peter’s beliefs about who Jesus actually was.

  11. [ED2203-01] HyeJin Lee says:

    1.Who did people in Jesus’ day say that he is?
    – Some say John the baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, the one of the prophets of long ago.
    2.What did Peter say about Jesus?
    – He said “the Christ of God”
    3.How did Jesus’ transfiguration confirm what Peter thought?
    – Jesus was neither Elijah nor prophet (Moses). Jesus came down as the Christ of God.

  12. Kerri Klingsmith says:

    • Who did people in Jesus’ day say that he is?
    Elijah, John the Baptist, one of the prophets, the Son of God.
    • What did Peter say about Jesus?
    That He was the Christ, the Son of God.
    • How did Jesus’ transfiguration confirm what
    Peter thought?
    That He was the Son of God.
    • How does this passage create a divide between
    those who belong to Jesus and those who do not?
    If you belong to Jesus, you will recognize who He is.
    • Why is the idea of becoming a slave to our
    master so controversial in North America?
    Because of the history of slavery in the US. It is seen as the worst thing.
    • Who do you think people you know are most
    committed to?
    I hope God but I am sure my friends and family as well.
    • How does the image of a nail driven into the ear
    to become a bond-servant affect you?
    Sounds incredibly painful. It helps to clarify the picture that a life for Christ is not easy and will be painful.
    • Anne Rice, writer of Vampire novels, said that it is easy to create an image of Jesus which looks like us, however it is harder to create a life in ourselves that looks like Him. What can we do to stop changing Jesus and keep changing ourselves?
    Keep undergoing the process of sanctification and allowing the Holy Spirit to work in our lives and have complete dominion over everything.
    • In what ways does slavery in American history colour our views on slavery?
    It associates slavery with discrimination, hatred, racism, pain, ignorance and bigotry.
    • How do North Americans view submission? How would you encourage people to submit to one another and to submit to Christ?
    Submission is also seen as a bad thing. It is equivalent with suppression. It is not allowing yourself to be mistreated or to be oppressed, rather it is putting your life and safety in someone else’s hands.
    • What rights do you hold dear? How would giving up more of your rights lead
    to greater peace with God and greater peace in your home or workplace?
    I am very independent and value the ability to choose things for myself. This has been a struggle with God and one I constantly have to give back to Him. That my desires and choices would align with His is my ultimate desire.

  13. Kendalle says:

    * Who did people in Jesus’ day say that he is?
    They said he was only a mere man or a prophet
    * What did Peter say about Jesus?
    That he was Messiah
    * How did Jesus’ transfiguration confirm what
    Peter thought?
    It gave him confirmation on Who Jesus truly was.

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