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David Miller

5. In MATTHEW 16, Jesus asks his disciples Who do you say that I am? Only PETER knew the symbolic meaning of the title, CHRIST. What did CHRIST mean in Jewish tradition and how has Christian tradition interpreted the title, CHRIST? Peter called Jesus, Christ, or in other words, the son of the living God. Jesus states that Peter will be the rock upon which he will build his church because Peter knows who Jesus really is, as this was revealed to him by God. The Jews think of Christ as the Messiah, or the military and spiritual leader who will free the people in Egypt and bring them back to the kingdom on David. But Jesus was not the military messiah the Jews had expected. Instead he was more of a suffering messiah who suffers to deliver the teachings and ways of God. The Christian religion takes its name from Christ, as a title to Jesus of Nazareth. The Christians view Christ as the human and divine son of God who is sent upon earth to cleanse the sins of the human race. Therefore, Christ is seen as a sacrificial messiah for the Christians, while the Jews still wait for their military messiah to come and take them back to the kingdom on David. 6. In the New Testament JESUS CHRIST created two important PROPHETIC experiences, one to Peter, James and John in Matthew 17, and the other to Paul (known as Saul) in Acts 9. Briefly describe the key elements of each experience. The first prophetic experience - Jesus created his first prophetic experience through transfiguration to Peter, James, and John in Matthew 17. - Transfiguration: the change of appearance or form. - Jesus took the three atop a mountain, and transfigured right before their eyes. o Gave them a vision of the risen Christ
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