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Who Do You Say Jesus Is?

Matthew 16:15

 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”

profileWhere you given a nickname when you were younger? Did you have a name that people had a hard time spelling or pronouncing?

I was named after my father – the first-born son. Instead of having two people in the same house answering to the same name – my parents gave me a nickname. In the hospital – according to the story I’ve heard – the nurse came in and heard my parents talking about nicknames. Because I was born with red hair – she suggested they call me Rusty – and so my nickname was born!

I also have one of those names that can be spelled and pronounced so many ways – Ramon (the right spelling) – RaymonRaymond – and Ramond. When people see the correct spelling of my name they often pronounce it Ra – Moan.

Jesus wanted to know who people said He was – and what the disciples thought. He was called a number of names and titles. Let’s take a look at today’s passage in partial context. Matthew 16:13–20 – 13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” 14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” 17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” 20 Then he ordered his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.

So who do you say Jesus is? Is He the Lord of Lords and the King of Kings in your life? Is He the Messiahthe Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world? Are these just names or do we actually believe and come into His presence in awe?

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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April 17, 2014 - Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Personal, Theology | , , , , , ,

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