Is Peter acting out of fear when he rebukes Jesus for announcing he is going to die?

I have had the opportunity to lead the Builders Sunday Morning Small Group for three weeks studying the gospel according to Mark. This question was from a breakout group studying Mark 8:31-9:1, 9:30-32 and 10:32.34.

I think that this is very likely. Peter makes a declaration that Jesus is the Christ or Messiah and then Jesus goes on to announce his upcoming death. Wow. What a shift for someone (Peter) who has left everything that he has to follow a man toward a destination about which he may not be exactly clear. Feelings of uncertainty, fear, regret and many others may have been at work in this response.

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Did Peter know what he meant by saying, “You are the Christ?”

I have had the opportunity to lead the Builders Sunday Morning Small Group for three weeks studying the gospel according to Mark. This question was from a breakout group studying Mark 8:27-30.

Peter’s confession is the first human confession that is recorded in Mark. To this point in the narrative the naming of Jesus identity had come from demons that had been cast out by Jesus.

I think that Peter knew what he was saying. He would have likely had some understanding of the expectation for a messiah and what that might look like. However, I do not think that Peter understood the depths of the truth that he was saying and the nuances of how this would actually take place.

There are two places where I think Peter may not have fully understood what he was saying. Jesus is savior not just for the Jewish people, but for all of creation. Also, suffering was a key part of Jesus journey to resurrection.

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Healing in the Name of Jesus

Why couldn’t / didn’t Peter heal in the name of the Holy Spirit? Acts 1:8 – Christ promises “power when the Holy Spirit comes upon [them]” Acts 3:6 – Peter heals in the name of Jesus.

I tried to find a reference about Jesus giving direction or instruction about healing in his name. The only reference that I could find was in Mark:

“Teacher,” said John, “we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us.”
“Do not stop him,” Jesus said. “No one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me, for whoever is not against us is for us. Truly I tell you, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to the Messiah will certainly be rewarded. Mark 9:38-41, TNIV

In John 10:25, Jesus refers to his healing “in my Father’s name.” But I could not find a reference of any one healing in the name of the Holy Spirit. (By the way, when I say that I could not find it – I most often use the keyword search at http://www.tniv.info/bible/index.php which I have found to be quite usable and useful.)

My sense is that the power of healing is rooted in the power of the resurrection – Jesus’ conquering of death. In Acts 1:8 Jesus says that they will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on them, not necessarily that the power is of the Holy Spirit.

This the best response that I can formulate at this time, but I am a bit unsatisfied with it. What would you add?

This question came out of a young adult small group taster last Sunday morning in which I taught about the question “What is the Trinity?”