Wednesday, December 9, 2020

God Was In Christ: An Advent Reading Of Luke 9

 Day 9 Luke Chapter 9

Who is this Jesus?

And He said to them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’ And Peter answered and said, ‘The Christ of God’” (Lk. 9: 20 NASB).

There are many different beliefs concerning Jesus. Many believe that He was a good teacher. Some hold that He was a prophet deserving of great honor. The pages of the Holy Writ declares who Jesus is through the Old and New Testaments. Peter utters such words of truth in answering Jesus’ question, you are “The Christ of God.” One would think that Jesus would have them announce this revelation on every mountain top! Jesus knew however, that His time had not come. His identification would be well known—after His resurrection.

Though far removed from the loaves and fishes it seemed the provision and sufficiency that Jesus provided sealed the revelation of who He was in Peter’s mind. Though later in a separate Gospel, we see that this revelation came directly from the Father. 

“I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: ‘I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God.’ That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic—on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg—or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”

~C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

Jesus asked this question of the Twelve because throughout Israel many different reports exited of Him throughout, that He desired to make it clear to them who they were following. He is the Christ, sent by God; the Incarnate Son of God.

During this time of Advent—the season of waiting on Christ—reflection on the person of Christ is imperative. Who is Jesus to you? Is He just an idea that you see at Christmas time and passively give thought to? Is He a great prophet, a Rabbi, or a teacher? Or is He the Son of the Living God; the Messiah who left the glory of heaven, became a man—the perfect, spotless Lamb of God, to redeem you? Who do you say that He is? 

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