Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Who Do You Say That I Am?

"Who Do You Say That I Am?"
By Zach Wood
Matthew 16:13-17

Jesus asks a direct question to the disciples.  He doesn’t ask them who their friends think Jesus is or about who their mom and dad thinks he is.  Then Peter comes out with a bold statement saying, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”    

Who do you say that Jesus is?  Don’t think about what your mom and dad taught you.  Don’t think about what your grandparents taught you.  You see, there comes a point in our lives when we must make the decision for ourselves of who Jesus is to us.  Is He just someone we’ve followed all our lives because we have been told that’s the life we should live?

When we meet someone who is really cool and maybe even famous, that encounter stays with us for the rest of our lives.  We can tell and retell the scenario over and over again because it’s important to us and we are proud of that moment.  We don’t just stand there and say, “Well, I’ll let so and so tell you about this person”.  No!  If we’ve met this neat or famous person, we live to tell about it.  We don’t let someone else tell it for us. 

When we are asked by others who Jesus is or what He’s done for us, we should be excited to share the good news of what He’s done in our lives.  If we have a personal story, we want to tell it ourselves.

This is exactly what Christ longs for us to do with others.  He loves for us to share with others.  He doesn’t want us to be ashamed in any way that He is our Savior and Lord.  He wants us to tell our story of His redemption in our lives.  We should be proud and unashamed to share His work in us.    

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