Sunday, July 11, 2010
Who do you say that I am?
Our Lord Jesus in the Chapter 16 of the book of Matthew went one step further, not only challenging his 12 disciples, but us of course if we consider ourselves disciples of Jesus, to go a extra mile in our commitment for advancing and establishing his kingdom in earth, not physically or geographically but in the heart of every human being. He stood in front of a main geographically area called ”the gates of hell,” Please click on the link for detailed information about this geographic area), with his twelve disciples, as he can stand with us asking today to identified the gates of hell among our community, our schools, our colleges, our workplace, our court house, our county, our region and our nation and tear it down, casting it down, and demolish it along with all the imaginations, and philosophies that constantly are rising up against the truth that was establish in your heart, as well as the heart of every believer . Moreover, He made a very simple question, which probably He is making to us every day, what the people of this place think who am I? Do the people of this specific location really know me? What is their mind set or approach about me, and my kingdom? Does they only have a religious conception about me, and my kingdom? What culture is driven out their lives, homes, marriages, and business? The answer of the disciples was not a very encouraging report to Jesus, they informed him that the people have a misconception and confusion about who really Jesus was; then Jesus made a transcendental and corner stone question to his disciples, his followers, his inner circle, his beloved, in the same manner He is addressing the same question to you and me, who do you say that I am? For some seconds was a deep silence that probably you can hear the heartbeat of the disciples, then Peter raise his voice and said, “ You are the anointing one, the Son of the living God.” Jesus immediately rejoices in happiness and not only bless him but graduate him as well as the rest of his disciples, He said to him,” you were Simon (a feather that constantly is being blow by any current of wing, or the reed changed into a rock, a emotionally roller coaster) naturally impulsive, Matthew 14:28; 17:4; John 21:7. He was tenderhearted and affectionate, Matthew 26:75; John 13:9; 21:15-17. Also he was full of contradictions, at time presumptuous, Matthew 16:22; John 13:8; 18:10. Other times he was timid and cowardly, Matthew 14:30; 26:69-72. Moreover, he was self-sacrificing, Mark 1:18; yet inclined to be self-seeking, Matthew 19:27; gifted with spiritual insight, John 6:68; yet slow to apprehend the deeper truths, Matthew 15:15-16. He made two great confessions of his faith in Christ, Matthew 16:16; John 6:69; and also the most cowardly denial, Mark 14:67-71. But after his Pentecostal baptism of the Spirit, he became a “rock” fulfilling the prophecy of Christ, John 1:42; Matthew 16:18; Acts 1:8. After that he was courageous, immovable, unchangeable, and unshakeable, Acts 4:19-20, 5:28-29, 40 and 42. What about you?