How Real is Jesus to Me?

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

“But what about you, who do you say I am?”
(Luke 9:20)

What my life for Jesus offers
Defines what it means to be free;
What I am and do for others
Reveal how real Christ 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.” Then He said to them, “But what about you, who do you say I am?” Peter answered, “You are the Messiah 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

The answer to that question must be the greatest paradox of all time, for it is full of contradictions to the rational mind, and in fact defies the intelligence of the agnostic, as much as it defines the faith of a Christian against the atheist’s lack of it.

For thousands of years people of many countries have struggled with the answer to that question, and yet it has never been a problem to those who have decided not to question its veracity, but simply chose to believe that He is what he claimed to be, and His life as narrated by four evangelists and many of His followers in the Bible is unquestionably the truth. St. Jerome said it in so many words: “Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Jesus Christ.” Millions of people through the ages have been deceived because they never bothered to “listen” to the Holy Spirit in the Bible.

The four Gospel writers have written vivid accounts of the life of Jesus, so it is just a matter of believing if these accounts are true or not. If you believe them, then you have no problem developing an intimate relationship with Him, and eventually experiencing a great transformation in your life. If you do not believe, then you have a problem. St. John, in his Gospel, wrote, “These have been written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God and that believing you may have life in His name.” (John 20:31)

They will never find the path to salvation who do not come to know who Jesus Christ really is, and what His words and actions mean in our life. It’s a personal relationship with GOD that Jesus is offering to each one of us. Once we have established a deeper relationship with Him, the real purpose of our existence will be revealed to us. By getting to know Jesus intimately, we will experience lasting peace. We will acquire the rich life that He promised when He said, “I have come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” (Jn.10:10) This is what a lot of people have encountered in the renewal. Since the time we acknowledged Jesus as our Way to the Father, 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 our mission work. God wants us to bring His Good News to as many people as we can reach, so that they too may come to know who Jesus Christ is. In fact, how real Jesus is to us will show in how real we are to others. St. Paul said in his letter to the Hebrews: “Jesus Christ is the same today as He was yesterday, and He will be the same until the end of time.” (Heb.13:8) If we have come to know Jesus personally, have we introduced Him to somebody lately?

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

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