In The Commonplace

Who do people say the Son of man is

Matthew 16:13
Isaiah 22:19-23; Psalms 138:1-3,6,8; Romans 11:33-36; Matthew 16:13-20

A young playwrite was extremely gratified when an important New York City critic agreed to attend the opening of his first Broadway play …

The critic came to the opening as promised but quickly fell asleep, and remained in that condition throughout the entire performance.

Seeing this, the playwrite was heartsick. As soon as the play ended he dashed down the aisle and said to the critic, “I’m sorry you couldn’t stay awake longer. You know how much I wanted your opinion.” The veteran playgoer rubbed his eyes and said, “Young man, sleep is an opinion.”

When Jesus began preaching in the synagogue He soon discovered that there was no need to awaken His congregation. Sleep was not their opinion. They were excited, so excited in fact that they were expressing their opinions out loud. “At first they were amazed by His words,” Mark tells us. But as they murmured back and forth their amazement turned into skepticism …

Who is this Jesus who preaches…

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