19th April 2016

Who Am I? 

“But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because He will save his people from their sins.’”
Matthew 1:20-21 (NIV)

“Who am I?” An interesting question! One most of us may have asked at some time in our lives. Along with “What’s it all about?” And “Why?”

In Luke chapter 9:18-19 Jesus Christ asked the question of his disciples: “‘Who do the crowds say I am?’ They replied, ‘Some say John the Baptist; other say Elijah; and still others, that one of the prophets of long ago has come back to life.’” So people were confused about who Jesus was.

Interestingly, there is still confusion today over who Christ is. Many people will say, as they did in the past, that he is a prophet. By saying this they downgrade the importance and role of Jesus Christ. They say it because if he is just another prophet he can be safely ignored. As a prophet, his message is no more important than that of any other prophet.

But all those years ago Jesus asked the disciples “But who do you say I am?” And Peter answered and said, “God’s Messiah.” (Luke 9:2).

There is no more important question to ask about Jesus Christ, because it is the key to understanding the significance of his birth, life and death as a human being. But not just any human being! Fully human, yes, through his Mother Mary, but also fully God through the Holy Spirit. Not just a prophet, but God in the flesh. Jesus, as God in the flesh, came down to our level to live as a human being a perfect sinless life in order to be a perfect sacrifice to pay the death penalty of sin for us. Only God can forgive sin as Hebrews 9:11-28 makes clear, just as these verses again make clear the answer to the question, “Who am I?”

What kind of God does this for us? What kind of love motivates God to become human, to understand and relate to us as we are and where we are? How can we begin to grasp and understand this incredible truth? By understanding both the question and the answer as Jesus asks each of us, “Who am I?”

Prayer
Loving Father, help us to clearly see who Jesus is and to grasp the enormity of what was done for us, as undeserving as we are. Thank you for the incredible love that underpins your relationship with each one of us.
Amen
 

Study by Keith Hartrick

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keithhartrickAbout the Author:
Keith Hartrick is an Elder in Grace Communion Church – Leeds, and serves on the Church Council there.

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One Response to “19th April 2016”

  1. Sherwin Scott on April 19th, 2016 4:15 pm

    Excellent topic. As Peter replied to the same question ” You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

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