Friday, March 6, 2009

But Who do you say I am?

Jesus Asked:
"But Who do you say I am?"
Son of Man, Son of God
13When Jesus arrived in the villages of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, "What are people saying about who the Son of Man is?"

14They replied, "Some think he is John the Baptizer, some say Elijah, some Jeremiah or one of the other prophets."

15He pressed them, "And how about you? Who do you say I am?"

16Simon Peter said, "You're the Christ, the Messiah, the Son of the living God."

17-18Jesus came back, "God bless you, Simon, son of Jonah! You didn't get that answer out of books or from teachers. My Father in heaven, God himself, let you in on this secret of who I really am. And now I'm going to tell you who you are, really are. You are Peter, a rock. This is the rock on which I will put together my church, a church so expansive with energy that not even the gates of hell will be able to keep it out.

19"And that's not all. You will have complete and free access to God's kingdom, keys to open any and every door: no more barriers between heaven and earth, earth and heaven. A yes on earth is yes in heaven. A no on earth is no in heaven."

20He swore the disciples to secrecy. He made them promise they would tell no one that he was the Messiah.

In chapel on Wednesday night this is the passage of scripture we focused on. We asked a few kids to write a response to this question, "Who is Jesus to you?". The responses about brought me to tears. I wanted to share one with you:

He is someone I go to when I've got a problem and someone who won't judge me. I also feel Jesus can be people that make a difference on you. Because Jesu made a difference on lots of people. Jesus will not judge people. And to me his opinion matters most. ~B, 17 year old~

I am always amazed at the things my kids will say. They have been through so much pain, but they know Jesus is there for them and will comfort them. Today spend something answering that question Jesus poses to his disciples and now to you, "Who is Jesus to you?".

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