Who Jesus is to Me

Luke 9: 18-22
Hg 1:15–2:9 / Ps 43

Who do the people say that I am?
(Luke 9:18)

What Christ means in my life matters
More than what I want my life to be;
What I am and do for others
Show how real my Jesus is to me.

Now it happened that as he was praying alone the disciples were with him; and he asked them, “Who do the people say that I am?” And they answered, “John the Baptist; but others say, Elijah; and others, that one of the old prophets has risen.” And he said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” And Peter answered, “The Christ of God.” But he charged and commanded them to tell this to no one, saying, “The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.” (Luke 9:18-22)

Reflection

In yesterday’s Gospel passage (Lk.9:7-9), we read about King Herod asking the very same question: “Who then is this about whom I hear such things?” The writer of St. Luke’s Gospel seems to present a contrast between a powerul and corrupt tetrarch who was blind and ignorant about salvation, and a simple fisherman, who was given wisdom by God for his humility. Peter became the leader of the apostles and the first head of Christ’s church because he was the first among them to acknowledge Jesus as the Messiah. God gave Peter wisdom and discernment because he loved and followed Jesus more intensely than any of His followers. He was always present in all the activities of his Master.

It is to develop a personal relationship with Him that Jesus is offering each one of us. One of the great mysteries in life is that we can never get to know ourselves fully until we come to know our Lord Jesus Christ in a deeply personal way. Unless we establish a profound relationship with Him, we will never discover the real purpose of our existence. By getting to know Jesus intimately, we will experience true faith. Consequently, how real Jesus is to us will show in how real we are to others.

When we have come to know Jesus fully as our Lord, Saviour and Friend, we will want to cultivate fellowship with Him more and more. And when we have come to know Him, love Him, and establish a personal relationship with Him, then we will experience the abundant life that He promised when He said, “I have come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10)

This is what most of us in the renewal have experienced. Since the time we acknowledged Jesus as the Way to the Father, the Truth in our faith, and the Love of our life, committing ourselves to serve Him in our community, His Holy Spirit has revealed many things once unknown to us. God wants us to bring this bit of Good News to others too, so that they also may come to know who Jesus Christ is. Have we introduced Him to somebody lately?

Forgive me, Jesus, if I have been keeping our relationship all to myself. Grant me the opportunity to bring others to Your fellowship too. Amen.

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