“Jesus said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Matt. 16: 15
How are we known to others? Maybe by our family grouping: parent, spouse, child, sibling, or cousin. Maybe by our talent: artist, athlete, author, musician, math whiz, or carpenter. Maybe by our employment: teacher, sales person, factory worker, doctor, or bus driver. Maybe by our personal characteristics: kind, impatient, generous, angry, or courageous. There is not a one-word answer to describe us because we all have varied and interesting identities with different gifts and talents and experiences that shape who we are.
Jesus asked his followers: “Who do you say I am?” One of them, Peter, said, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the Living God.” If you had to answer that question, who would you say Jesus is? I bet many would give the same answer as Peter, but I also wonder if Jesus is different things to different people at different times. Jesus is shepherd caring for us, his flock. Jesus is healer, helping the outcast. Jesus is truth, the Word made flesh. Jesus is comforter in times of need. Jesus is miracle-worker, living God’s power in the world. There is not a one-word answer to describe him either. There are many traits of Jesus, the Messiah, who knows which one will change your life.
Next week, we will begin in-person worship at the church. Please read Re-opening Plan. As well, our worship service will be recorded and posted online within a couple days for those who are not ready to return to church yet.