Today’s Scripture Selection: Matthew 16:13-15
“When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, ‘Who do people say the Son of Man is?’ They replied, ‘Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.’ ‘But what about you?’ he asked, ‘Who do you say I am?’”
It has been called the “inescapable” question.
I suppose that for some that is true. Others may go through life never worrying about it.
I know that for me, it has been so.
The son of Christian parents; the son of a Christian minister; now a minister myself – I ask it often. “Who is Jesus?”
I ask that not because I haven’t thought about it many times before; or because I doubt my Christian faith.
I ask it because for me, learning about Jesus Christ is an ever unfolding story; even an adventure.
I never assume (or at least I try not to assume) that I know Christ completely.
I try to be open to the quiet (and sometimes not so quiet) nudging of the Spirit as I learn more about Jesus.
And, I enjoy walking with others on our shared life journey – our shared “faith” journey.
Sometimes I am in complete agreement with others about who Jesus is. Other times, I enjoy a good disagreement, all in the spirit of learning. Still other times, I find I am angry; indignant at what I believe to be a complete misunderstanding of who Christ is.
But, I always know that whatever I believe, I am still learning – still asking that inevitable question – “Who are you, Lord?”
And, even while experiencing His love and guidance and grace-filled presence, I hope that I continue to ask.
Because in asking – I learn more and more.
Prayer: Lord, teach me; open my heart and mind to what you want me to know about you. Amen.