1st April 2014

But What About You? 

“Simon Peter answered, ‘You?  You are Christ, the Son of the living God!’”
Matthew 16:16 (Phillips)
 

It seems like the disciples of Jesus were slow to understand who this person they were following actually was; after all the wonderful healings; after all the miracles of feeding multitudes with very little; and after his constant teaching about his identity. During a trip to Caesarea-Philippi just before the time when they were to witness his transfiguration, we read; “When Jesus reached the Caesarea-Philippi district he asked his disciples a question. ‘Who do people say the Son of Man is?’ ‘Well, some say John the Baptist,’ they told him, ‘Some say Elijah, others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.’ ‘But what about you?’ he said to them. ‘Who do you say that I am?’ Simon Peter answered, ‘You? You are the Christ, the Son of the living God!’ ‘Simon, son of Jonah, you are a fortunate man indeed!’ said Jesus, ‘For it was not your own nature but my heavenly Father who revealed this truth to you!’” (Matthew 16:13-17 Phillips). Peter was indeed inspired by the Father to make this declaration about who Jesus was. But did the others know? 

Did you ever notice that the demons Jesus encountered along the way were completely aware of who he was? Without any prompting they proclaimed his identity.  Notice in Luke 4:33-34:  “There was a man in the synagogue under the influence of some evil spirit and he yelled at the top of his voice, ‘Hi! What have you got to do with us, Jesus, you Nazarene—have you come to kill us? I know who you are all right, you’re God’s holy one!’”  And another incident in Luke 8:28, “When he saw Jesus, he let out a howl and fell down in front of him, yelling, ‘What have you got to do with me, you Jesus, Son of the most high God?’”  In Ephesus, a demon possessed girl followed Paul and Silas shouting after them, “These men are servants of the most high God, and they are telling you the way of salvation.” (Acts 16: 17) 

The disciples of Jesus were often bewildered about him; while their enemies the demons who opposed them were crystal clear about just who he was! I believe that we all need to come to the place where we understand just who Jesus is.  I find that it helps to compare the Old Testament with the New. For example, Isaiah 44: 6 (NIV) says “I am the first and I am the last; apart from me there is no God”  Now look at Revelation 2:8 (NIV), “These are the words of him [Jesus], who is the First and the Last, who died and came to life again.” Tell me, can there be two first and lasts? Well hardly! There are many comparisons like this that declare just who Jesus is—why don’t you have a look for yourself—it’s a great study. 

Prayer
Continue to reveal yourself to us by your Spirit, Lord, so that we can constantly rejoice in your Awesomeness!
Amen
 

Study by Cliff Neill

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cliffneillAbout the Author:
Cliff Neill is an Elder in Grace Communion Church Luton.

Local  Congregation:
Grace Communion Church Luton
Farley Hill Methodist Church
North Drift Way
Farley Hill
LUTON
LU1 5JE

Meeting time:
Saturday 10:30am

Local Congregational Contact:
Harry Sullivan
Phone:  01908-582222
Email: harry_sullivan@wcg.org.uk

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