How Real is Jesus to Me

Luke 9: 18-22
Eccl 3:1-11 / Psa 144

“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)


In yesterday’s Gospel passage of Luke, we read of the same question asked by the tetrarch Herod, “Who, then, is this I hear such things about?” And we read the exact similar response in verses 7-8: “some say, ‘John has been raised from the dead’; others say, ‘Elijah has appeared’; still others, ‘One of the prophets of long ago has come back to life.’ What was the evangelist Luke trying to convey? He was simply saying that most of the Jews, including Herod and perhaps many disciples, did not really know who Jesus was, and what His real mission was all about. That was why when Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah of God,” Jesus cautioned them not to reveal this to anyone until after His death and resurrection. Our Lord knew that the Jews would never understand His true mission if He was revealed as the Messiah, whom they understood as the promised savior who would lead them against the Romans and then restore the former glory of Israel. His mission was far greater than this: it was to save the whole mankind from sin.

The message in today’s Gospel passage is that we will never find the path to eternal salvation until we come to know Who Jesus Christ really is, and what His words and actions mean in our life. It is to develop a personal relationship with Him that Jesus is offering each one of us. Indeed we can never get to know ourselves fully until we come to know our Lord Jesus Christ in the most personal way. When we have established a deeper relationship with Him, we will discover the real purpose of our existence. By getting to know Jesus intimately, we will experience true faith. Once we have learned to know Him, love Him, and established a personal relationship with Him, we will experience 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 many of us 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 the work of evangelization. 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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