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Monday, July 29, 2019

Who do you say I am?

In chapter 8 of the Gospel according to Mark, it is recorded that Jesus asked his disciples “who do you say I am?”

I’ve spent a lot of time thinking over this question in light of my life experiences, interpretation of the life and teaching of Jesus as recorded in the Bible, and current events in the United States of America and around the world.

In speaking with a neighbor yesterday afternoon, the thought arose in conversation that when we hear about what some others do out of apparent devotion to Jesus, that “their Jesus and my Jesus just ain’t the same guy.”

As we seek to live into community with all that has life in Jesus’ name it is important to come back to pondering our response to that deeply meaningful and profoundly revealing question that Jesus asks of his disciples in every age; “who do you say I am?”

This is my prayerful response...

To me, based on my life experience and interpretation of the Bible; Jesus, you are not an island or a lifeboat. You are the very presence of the living God with us; you are a healer and an empowerer; you are the hope for me that I can live into the fullness of my God given potential; you are a spiritual gift activator, a mobilizer, and a shepherd; you are the hope not only for my life but for all that has life on this good planet earth. You are a lover of the underdog, the reject, the poor, the injured, the orphaned, the widowed, the imprisoned, the oppressed, the migrant, and the refugee. You are the living embodiment of a hope so great and a power so profound that you never give up on us. This is who I know you to be; and so I pray that for the sake of all things good and beautiful you will mobilize and empower me and others; give us courage to partner with God and each other so that you may live through us.

Listen as Jesus speaks these words into your heart today, “who do you say I am?”

What is your response to him?

(What Jesus probably looked like based on forensic anthropology studies conducted by a team comprised of British scientists and Israeli archaeologists led by Richard Neave, a medical artist retired from the University of Manchester, England.) Here is the article from which the picture came:

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