- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Luke 9:1-27
The stories in Chapter 9 indicates that Jesus was coming to the end of his earthly life and ministry in Galilee. All three stories— twelve disciples, feeding five thousands, Peter’s confession, prediction of his Passion — reveal Jesus’ messianic power.
Twelve disciples (1-6) — Jesus called twelve disciples out to mission trip. Jesus began team ministry with them by giving them power and authority to heal the sick, to drive out demons, to preach the kingdom of God. Jesus prepared them to continue his ministry in the world after he left. “Take nothing for the journey,” indicates divine provision (Matthew 10:10).
King Herod (7-9) — He was Herod Antipas (Matthew 14:1-12, Mark 6:14-29).
Peter’s confession (18-20) —- To the question, “who do the crowds say I am?” Jesus’ disciples answered with the same answer King Herod thought (7-9), because the people understood Jesus that way. But only Peter gave correct answer, “The Christ (messiah) of God.”
Prediction of his Passion (21-27) —- With the prediction of his own suffering, death, and resurrection, Jesus invited his disciples to discipleship, losing one’s life to save it. It seems to be paradoxical call, but Jesus clarified it with “for me or for my sake,” (24). Call to discipleship is to lose one’s life, self-centered and to save life for Jesus, Jesus-centered, so that Jesus can continue his redemptive work in and through us. Discipleship to Jesus requires a total commitment of life, taking the cross, giving one’s life in obedience to Jesus direction, forsaking the pursuit of wealth, and living out one’s discipleship publicly before others. V. 27 indicates special revelatory events of the kingdom of God such as transfiguration, resurrection would happen within the lifetime of person presented in Jesus’ audience. The kingdom of God, reign of God, is present and future reality.
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.
- Ask yourself, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
- Who is Jesus to you?
- Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
- Live it out through the day.