Lent with Bonhoeffer: The Decisive Question

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(Photo: Ruins of the Temple of Pan in Caesarea Philippi)

Tuesday in Holy Week, March 27, 2018

Jesus himself asks the decisive question, for which the disciples must have been waiting for some time, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” The answer of the disciples  is: “Some say you are John the Baptist, but others say you are Elijah, and still others say your are Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” Opinions, nothing but people’s opinions. The list of them could be extended as long as one wants…. Some say you are a great man, other, that you are an idealist, others, that you are a religious genius, others, that you are a hero, the greatest of leaders. Opinion, more or less serious opinions–but Christ does not want to build his church on opinions.

Christ builds his church on revelation.

-from The Collected Sermons of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Volume 1, pgs. 83-84

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