Who is This Jesus?

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

In Matthew 16:13-20, Jesus is in the middle of an identity crisis. He asks his disciples"who do the people say that I am ….and who do you (the disciples) say that I am?”

Peter tells Jesus,"…. you are the Messiah …” Jesus affirms him for getting the right answer, telling Peter that it is faith like his that the church will be built upon.

Then, in just a few short verses later, Jesus tells them he must suffer and die. The disciples cry out that there is no way they want Jesus to do this. They do not want to think of Jesus as the suffering servant. Which tells us that Peter and the others knew Jesus was the Messiah, but they had some learning still to do in terms of Jesus' full identity.

Albert Einstein said ,”Great Spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.”

Jesus is, was, and will always be the Greatest of Spirits. He knew the road ahead and that he was going to encounter “violent opposition” to the point of capital punishment. What Jesus wanted the disciples and his followers to know was that his identity as the Messiah, the Son of God, was so solidified and ironclad that nothing could take it away. Jesus was, is, and will be the Christ who is with us in all things, even suffering and death.

Who do the people you know, say that Jesus is? Who do you say that Jesus is?

Still in One Peace,

Pastor David Jensen

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