At Caesarea Philippi

At Caesarea Philippi gives reflections of two disciples, Philip and Thomas, on Peter's confession about Jesus. What were the implications of this discovered truth? Surely it was only a matter of time now before the Jewish leaders accepted Jesus and opened the possibility of a whole new future for them all!
Reader:Luke 9.18-20.
THOMAS:Peter answered well for us, Philip.
PHILIP:He did, Thomas. "The Messiah, the Son of God" ... it's almost scary to say it, but I think we've all come to believe it's the truth about Jesus.
THOMAS:I'm glad Jesus asked us that question up here at Caesarea Philippi - away from the pressures of the officials!
PHILIP:You're right! They've had all their own questions about who Jesus is, haven't they?
THOMAS:Perhaps they see themselves as the keepers of the truth.
PHILIP:Or else they are afraid of their own position.
THOMAS:How do you mean?
PHILIP:It's one thing officially looking out for God's Messiah...
THOMAS:And checking out anyone who claims to be...
PHILIP:But when the Messiah actually comes, what happens to their role then?
THOMAS:So they may take a bit of convincing, but when they know the evidence, when they see what we have seen, when they know that Jesus isn't out for his own thing...
PHILIP:I think they might get behind him!
THOMAS:I wonder what Jesus will do now.
PHILIP:Well, if Peter is right, I would expect him to have a grand plan.
THOMAS:You mean - to do with the Kingdom of heaven?
PHILIP:I think Jesus is about to reveal himself.
THOMAS:To everybody?
PHILIP:I think so. And the elders, the chief priests and teachers of the Law will all get behind him!
THOMAS:And the whole Jewish people will acknowledge that their Messiah has come!
PHILIP:And the Roman authorities find themselves kicked out of the land...
THOMAS:And Jesus is crowned as King of the Jews...
PHILIP:And we become like his inner cabinet...
THOMAS:Wow! Sounds great!
PHILIP:But wait! Listen!
Reader:Luke 9.21-27.

From Between the Lines. Dialogues for Worship by Peter J. Blackburn published by Testimonium Fellowship 1992, (c) Peter J. Blackburn.
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