What's in a Name: Messiah
Week Six, Day One
April 8, 2019
Who is Jesus to you? The answer to this question is what spurs us on as a church. It's what makes us true witnesses. When I say "the church" it's not about the building. It's so much bigger than a meeting place.
Imagine centuries of rouge men and women being jailed for speaking the truth, fighting to translate Biblical text so you and I can read God's Word, preaching on stumps in the midnight air on a weeknight. Imagine crowds hungry to hear messages of Jesus - messages of hope. Hearts that will climb trees to catch a glimpse of their Lord. Souls that don't put on their Sunday best, or even shoes, and walk miles because they know, without doubt, that there is nothing they will ever need more than Jesus. That's how bold of a statement we are making when we nod our heads emphatically and say yes, He is the Messiah.
“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”
Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.
You can appreciate Jesus as a great man and teacher, or you can boldly proclaim Him as the Messiah and prepare to witness. You decide.
Mighty Counselor, Prince of Peace, Emmanuel. Messiah. Savior of the world. What a beautiful name it is! We love you Jesus, and are so thankful to walk through this Lent journey with your teaching and Word. This week, let us dive more into the different names you have given yourself, especially through I Am statements God. We love that our identity is found in you, and we can't wait to learn more about what it means to be Christ-like. Amen.