Mark 8:27-3027 Now Jesus and His disciples went outto the towns of Caesarea Philippi; and onthe road He asked His disciples, saying tothem, "Who do men say that I am?" 28 Sothey answered, "John the Baptist; butsome say, Elijah; and others, one of theprophets." 29 He said to them, "But whodo you say that I am?" Peter answeredand said to Him, "You are the Christ." 30Then He strictly warned them that theyshould tell no one about Him.
Mark 8:31-3331 And He began to teach them that theSon of Man must suffer many things, andbe rejected by the elders and chief priestsand scribes, and be killed, and after threedays rise again. 32 He spoke this wordopenly. And Peter took Him aside andbegan to rebuke Him. 33 But when He hadturned around and looked at His disciples,He rebuked Peter, saying, "Get behindMe, Satan! For you are not mindful of thethings of God, but the things of men."
Hill and Valley• Peter is on the hill – He confesses the Jesus is the Christ – He did something right• Then comes the valley – He is called “Satan” – Jesus rebukes him
Syrian Thinking• 1 Kings 20• Great slaughter – v. 21• Second army – v. 25• 127,000 killed in one day• Plan for second attempt• What went so wrong?
Syrian Thinking1 Kings 20:23 Then the servants ofthe king of Syria said to him, "Theirgods are gods of the hills. Thereforethey were stronger than we; but ifwe fight against them in the plain,surely we will be stronger thanthey.
Elijah – Mt. Carmel• 1 Kings 18-19• On Mt. Carmel• Baal – God of lightning• Prayed all day – no fire from heaven• Elijahs turn – 12 barrels of water• Prayed – fire bured offering, wood, stones, and water in trench
Elijah – Valley of Jezreel• 1 Kings 18-19• Threatened with his life• Ran 18 miles; servant quit• He ran another 20 miles• He hid in a cave ready to die• “What are you doing here?”
John the BaptizerMatthew 3:5-7 5 Then Jerusalem, allJudea, and all the region around theJordan went out to him 6 and werebaptized by him in the Jordan,confessing their sins. 7 But when hesaw many of the Pharisees andSadducees coming to his baptism, hesaid to them, "Brood of vipers! Whowarned you to flee from the wrathto come?
John the BaptizerJohn 1:36 And looking at Jesus as Hewalked, he said, "Behold the Lamb ofGod!"Matthew 11:2-3 2 And when Johnhad heard in prison about the worksof Christ, he sent two of his disciples3 and said to Him, "Are You theComing One, or do we look foranother?"
Peter – on the mountain• Transfiguration – Matthew 17:1-21 Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; 2 and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light.
Peter – in the valley• Denied Christ – Matthew 26:74-7574 Then he began to curse and swear, saying, "I do not know the Man!" Immediately a rooster crowed. 75 And Peter remembered the word of Jesus who had said to him, "Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times." So he went out and wept bitterly.
Job – from hill to valley• Blessed by God – Had everything• Lost it all in one day – Family – Home – Possessions – Income
Jesus – from hill to valley• Triumphant Entry – Palm leaves – People saying, Hosana• One week later – “Crucify Him!”
Us – from hill to valley• Life is full of ups and downs• Jesus is always present – At the high spots of life – AND in the deepest valley – Acts 17:27 so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us.