How Real Is Jesus To Me?

Luke 9: 18-22
Hg 2:1-9 / Psa 43

But who do you say that I am?
(Luke 9:20)

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.

Once when Jesus was praying in private and his disciples were with him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say I am?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, that one of the prophets of long ago has come back to life.”

“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Peter answered, “The Christ of God.” Jesus strictly warned them not to tell this to anyone. And He said, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.” (Luke 9: 18-22)

Reflection

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. But as our Lord said later, “It was not mere flesh and blood that revealed this to you, but your Father in heaven.” (Mt.16:17) 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 deeper 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, Savior and Friend, we will want to cultivate His fellowship more and more. And when we have learned to know Him, love Him, and established 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 Charismatic renewal have experienced. Since the time we acknowledged Jesus as our Way to the Father, the Truth in our life, and the Life of our love, and committed ourselves to serving Him in our community, His Holy Spirit has revealed many things which were once unknown to us. We feel that we are constantly in the process of learning more and more about God and his plans for us as we allow Him to lead us in the work of evangelization. So many are still in the dark, distracted by the lures of the world. God wants us to bring His Good News to as many as we can reach, so that they too may come to know who Jesus Christ is.

St. Paul said in his letter to the Hebrews, (13 :8): “Jesus Christ is the same today as He was yesterday, and He will be the same until the end of time.” If we have come to know Him personally, 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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