Reflections From The Bible And Life

Who And Why

Acts 12:1-11; Psalm 34:2-9; 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 17-18; Matthew 16:13-19

Many of us seek self-recognition and awards, most especially politicians.

In today’s bible passage, Jesus asks his disciples who do they think  He is, because He wanted to know who He was to them. The disciples,  thinking that Jesus was interested in knowing how popular He was, started saying that He was Elijah and other famous prophets. It was only Peter, who was enlightened by the Holy Spirit, gave the answer Jesus was looking for. Peter became the first Pope of Christianity.

Likewise, who is Jesus to us? Is He just an entity that you believe exists and yet is not part of your life? Is He merely someone who provides for your needs, or is He someone whom you hold dear in your heart and is a part of your daily life? As long as our answer comes from the heart, it gives us a real sense of where we are in our relationship with the Lord, and if there’s any at all, if ever.

Related books:
Who is Jesus . . . Really?: A Dialogue on God, Man, and Grace (The Coffee House Chronicles)
Are You the One Who Is to Come?: The Historical Jesus and the Messianic Question
Who Is Christ for Us? (Facets (Fortress Press).)
Who is this son of man?’: The Latest Scholarship on a Puzzling Expression of the Historical Jesus (Library Of New Testament Studies)
The Challenge of Jesus: Rediscovering Who Jesus Was & Is

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