Two thousand years ago Jesus asked his disciples two questions that are incredibly relevant for a disciple of any time and place to consider. As they were walking along the road, Jesus asked his disciples “Who do people say that I am?” The disciples told Jesus that some had said that he was John the Baptist, Elijah or maybe even one of the other prophets. Then Jesus turned to his disciples again and asked “But what about you? Who do you say I am?” Scripture tells us that Peter answered “You are the Christ.”
But what about today? We desire to share the love and truth of Jesus with our neighbors. Yet, sometimes we don’t even know where to begin. The world operates on values and a worldview so different than ours that all evangelism is cross-cultural. In order to communicate the Gospel it is crucial to first take a survey of the differences between our culture and the culture of the world when it comes to who Jesus is.
So let’s ask these same questions today.
Who do the people say Jesus is? Well, depending on who you talk to you may get several different answers. People say that Jesus is…a myth, simply a wise teacher, one of many gods, a plot by our government to encourage morality, a swear word, or even a hippie preaching love, peace and tolerance. The people that God has sent us to share the Gospel of new life in Christ are misguided about who Jesus is. We are called to show them who Jesus really is.
But what about you? Who do you say that Jesus is? If your friend, or family member or co-worker asked you who Jesus is what would you say? What words would you choose to communicate the Gospel with them?
Dear Lord, in this world there are a great number of people who are confused about who you are. Thank you for calling us by the Gospel into your truth. Go with us as you send us out into the world to share your loving mercy that you showed for all on cross. Give us your words as we share with others that you are indeed the Christ! Amen.