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LISTEN: Jesus the obedient one – Matthew 16:13-20

Rev. David Pileggi spoke on the gospel reading where Jesus goes into the northern region of Caesarea Philippi, an area of darkness and paganism. It is in this area that he comes among the gentiles and he asks the question of his disciples, “Who do you say that I am?” There are several models for the Messiah: militaristic, priestly, sage or anointed by the Spirit. The question for us is, “What does a messiah do?” Jesus brings great joy but he is not there for our personal self-fulfillment; he is not our personal therapist nor there to solve every problem; he is not a revolutionary; and he is more than a poet. Peter clearly and rightly answers, “You are the Anointed One, the Son of the Life-Giving God.” Jesus Messiah, the Divine Son, goes beyond Israel’s expectations. To be a son is to be obedient. Divine Sonship means Jesus is Obedient and Faithful.

Readings: 2 Samuel 7:4-17, Romans 12:1-8, Matthew 16:13-20

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David Pileggi
David Pileggi lives in Jerusalem with his wife Carol and their three adult children where he is the rector of Christ Church in the Old City of Jerusalem. They have lived in Israel for 33 years where David has worked as a journalist/researcher and for 19 years was director of a study program dedicated to teaching Christians about the Jewish context of their faith. David has an M.A. from the Hebrew University in Jewish Studies and is a licensed tour guide.

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