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Thursday, February 16th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark 8:27-33.


16 February 2012

“You are the Messiah.”

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark 8:27-33.

Jesus and his disciples set out for the villages of Caesarea Philippi. Along the way he asked his disciples, «Who do people say that I am?» They said in reply, “John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others one of the prophets.” And he asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter said to him in reply, “You are the Messiah.” Then he warned them not to tell anyone about him. He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer greatly and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and rise after three days. He spoke this openly. Then Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. At this he turned around and, looking at his disciples, rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan. You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.”

THE CHRIST

Christ is the anglicized version of the Greek term Khristós meaning “the anointed one”. This word was used to translate the Hebrew, usually transliterated into English as Messiah or Mashiach. In popular usage—even within secular circles—the term usually refers explicitly to Jesus of Nazareth. The word is used as a title, hence its common reciprocal use Christ Jesus, meaning “The Messiah Jesus”. Followers of Jesus became known as Christians (as in Acts 11:26) because they believe Jesus to be the messiah (Christos) prophesied in the Hebrew Bible – therefore they often call him Jesus Christ, meaning Jesus the Christos.

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