This morning in our gathering, we were talking about some of the questions that Jesus asked during his time on earth. There are three in particular that we are going to attempt to answer as individuals and as a body.
The first question is, "Who do you say that I am?" When Jesus asked his disciples this question, Peter gave the famous answer that the Church is built upon. He said, "You are the Messiah, the son of the living God." Jesus commended him for this answer and declared that it was revealed to him from God. Not long after this, Jesus was calling Peter, "Satan" for declaring that Jesus was not going to die. Even though Peter made a great declaration of faith, he didn't totally understand all that went into that statement. He wasn't thinking of a Messiah that would submit and die. He was still looking for a King that would defeat the pagan Romans and restore the glory of Israel.
Things haven't changed that much since the first century. We make the same declaration, yet we usually don't understand everything that means. We tell people that Jesus is Savior, or that Jesus is Lord. But, do we really live like that is true? Do we really get it?
As we attempt to answer the three questions, we are going to try and do it without resorting to the stock answers we've heard all our lives. We're not even allowed to use Peter's answer. :) It will be interesting.
Who do you say that Jesus is?
From my opportunity to teach in our gathering this morning:
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