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6/13/2018 6:21:00 PM
Who Do You Say Jesus Is?

Dr. Stanley Spence, Pastor
First Baptist Church, Lincolnton, N.C.

Have your ever put yourself in the role of the disciples when Jesus was speaking to them? How would you have answered him if he asked you, 'Who do you say that I am?'

Every day the answer to this question has implications for us. Would you call him your Lord and Savior? If you would, in what way would you show your gratitude to him for being there for you? Would you love his creation; would you edify others knowing he created them too; would you care for yourself as you do others?

As disciples, they witnessed the miracles of Jesus transforming the demon possessed, helping the blind to see and the lame to walk. Even the disciples had the power to heal in some cases. Yet, during the time Jesus walked the earth his miracles couldn't fix the broken soul in certain circumstances. Those circumstances were in the case of those who willfully rejected his Lordship and Authority. The religious leadership rejected Jesus for who he was according to the gospel narrative. The authority of Jesus could heal--unless someone rejected that authority. In such cases Jesus could do no great work among them. It is as if power and authority were joined together.

In truth, power and authority are joined in Jesus. We humans may find this a challenge. We still meet the sick souls, the broken in body and those miserable in life. Jesus would heal them; and yet, we walk in the humanity that can only come along side in such cases. Even doctors readily admit they assist the body in healing but the body must will to live or their work is useless. In emergency services they have a saying, ‘do no harm.’  In some cases we have added insult to injury by not knowing what to do or how to help. It does not mean we do not have access to the one who can still heal. Prayer may seem like an anemic way to help sometimes; and yet, our God desires us to lift our concerns, human or otherwise, before him in prayer. It is the continuation of the recognition of the power and authority of Jesus on earth through his Holy Spirit.

Are you praying for those impossible situations in your life to be healed? Are you seeking the Lord in these matters? He still has the power to change things. We can show God through Jesus how much we love him every day by how we treat others in His presence. Do you pray for them? Do you pray for God to change you if that is what it takes?

Who do you say that Jesus is? He is the one who challenges me to love others as he has loved me. He is also the one who desires me to care for my soul the way he cares for my soul. In caring for my soul I discover how best to care for others. When I pray for myself in a matter, I also pray for others in their matters. I especially recognize the authority and power of God to affect change when I call. Who do you say He is? 

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