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Who Do You Say That I Am? Jesus: Compelling Leader

It was for you that Jesus Christ came into the world: for you he lived and showed God’s love; for you he suffered the darkness of Calvary and cried at the last, ‘It is accomplished’; for you he triumphed over death and rose in newness of life; for you he ascended to reign at God’s right hand. All this, he did just for you. esus embraces who and what you already are. Even if you happen to believe you are an inadequate parent, or that you haven’t lived up to your potential. Even if you show up every week secretly wondering if any of this is true or if you show up every week just looking for enough strength to make it through the next few days. Even if you’ve lost your job, lost your confidence, or even if you’ve lost your mind. No matter what, you are loved, and no matter what you or anyone else believes, Jesus believes you are extraordinary and beloved. He is saying in whatever language you need, what you are dying to hear: I love you. I love you. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are always and ever enough.

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Who Do You Say That I Am? Jesus: Hometown Prophet

eing a prophet is a lousy job, because it can be hard to tell people the truth they don’t want to hear. But such is the depth of Jesus’ love—he will tell it like it is, even if it makes them want to kill him. He loves his people enough to tell them that good news for other people’s lives really does mean good news for their lives. He will love them enough to tell it like it is, even if it makes them want to kill him. That, as much as anything else, will be the recurring theme of Jesus’ life and ministry. And eventually, he will love everyone enough—he will love us enough—to let them kill him. Because, in the end, Jesus also loves us enough to say, “In my Father’s house are many rooms, and I am going to prepare a place for you. And I will come again, and I will take you there myself, so that where I am there you may be also. So, do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid. For, I have come to proclaim good news to the poor and release to the captives and freedom to the oppressed and the year of the Lord’s favor—because that is what will ultimately lead us all home, to “a home not made with human hands, but an eternal home, one secure in the heavens.”

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Who Do You Say That I Am? Teacher of Old Ways, Today

It’s true: the very best teachers always give something of themselves to us. And, Jesus is the most remarkable teacher of them all. He is more than that, of course, but he is a teacher, and he gives everything to us. Buechner said the best teachers leave a deep mark upon us. n this case, we are marked as Christ’s own forever, but Jesus Christ himself carries a deep mark, too, on his hands and his feet that were nailed to the cross. In that, he teaches us the most important lesson of all: love. Love that stops at nothing. Love that lays down its own life. Love that is strong enough to be raised up again. hat is the greatest lesson from the greatest teacher. It is a lesson that is within you, today—and it will never leave you.

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Who Do You Say That I Am? Jesus: Savior of the World

If there is anything I believe about the love of God, it is that the love of God is utterly incapable of sitting back and waiting, watching as the world unfolds—and sometimes implodes—in our hands. Salvation is upon us, even now, if we have eyes like Simeon to see it. If we take the advice of Nietzsche and act like it. If we remember the story of Jesus and the wedding feast, and trust in it. Because the love and grace of Jesus Christ is just like the wine at that party—it will never run out. There is more than we could ever need, and if we ever have reason to doubt that, Jesus will take every opportunity to multiply it again, beyond our wildest imagination. That is what the Savior of the World came to do.

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