Today’s reading is Luke 18: 18-43 Today we read the rich young ruler. He was given the chance to follow Jesus, but he turned the chance down, because of what it would cost him. He would have had to have … Continue reading
One of the defining statements of Christianity is this – Jesus Christ is Lord. You can make an argument that was the first “creed” of the Christian church, the belief that we hold to that really is essential. Jesus Christ … Continue reading
Who is Jesus to you? That’s the question that really matters in our lives. Not who is He to our parents or grandparents.
Not who is He to our children or our family or our church.
But who is He to me? Who is He to you? Who is He? Listen to what it says in Mark 8: 27-29:
And Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi. And on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” And they told him, “John the Baptist; and others say, Elijah; and others, one of the prophets.” And he asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Christ.”
And that’s what everything comes down to. So, today, starting a new week, that’s my question. It’s not what trials face you.
Or what circumstances stand in your way. Or what worries cloud your mind.
What defeats jog your memories. What successes cloud your eyes.
None of these. Those are not the question. This is the question.
Who is Jesus? Who is Jesus to you?
In this week may He be your friend, your guide, your savior, and your Lord. May He be your entire world.
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I’m basically stealing today’s reflection from one of my heroes, CS Lewis.
Lewis had an argument for the divinity of Jesus that went along these lines. Everyone believes that Jesus was a good moral teacher. Even folks that don’t believe that He was the Savior of the Son of God, they would believe that He had some really great things to say. Even folks that would discount miracles would like His moral teachings.
But, CS Lewis would say that could not be the case. Why?
Because Jesus said that He was the Son of God. Some ways He said this are very bold, others are vague. But Jesus left no doubt in who He was. He even knew that folks would not believe Him and said this, in John 10:19-21:
There was again a division among the Jews because of these words. Many of them said, “He has a demon, and is insane; why listen to him?” Others said, “These are not the words of one who is oppressed by a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?”
If He’s lying, and not who He says He is, you wouldn’t take moral teaching from a liar, would you?
And if He is suffering illusions of grander, and claimed to be something that He wasn’t, you wouldn’t take moral teaching from him, would you?
No, the only way Jesus’ teaching has any relevance to us is if He is who He said that He is.
So, in our lives, if we are going to take His teaching seriously, we must take who He is seriously. We must take all of Him, not just the parts that we like. We must follow Him. We must.
He can’t just be a good man. He can’t just be a good teacher. He can’t. He must be Lord.
Today, in our lives, who is Jesus to us?
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