By Rev. Dr. Charlotte Comage
Do You Truly Know Him?
As a child, I was provided with all the details of Jesus. I was taught that he was born in a stable, the child of a peasant woman, named Mary. He worked in a carpenter shop with Joseph, who took Mary to be his wife. And he started preaching at a young age and did so until he was thirty. Also, I understood that he never wrote a book. He never held an office. He never purchased a house, nor attended college. He never traveled two hundred miles from the place where he was born. He never did one of the things that usually accompany greatness. He had no credentials but himself. He was only thirty-three when he became the target of public opinion and the world at that time turned against him. His friends ran away. He was nailed to a cross between two thieves. When he was dead, he was laid in a borrowed grave through the pity of a friend. Nineteen centuries have come and gone, and today he is the central figure of humans and the leader of the column of progress. He is well known for miracles, mercy, and most matters of the heart. I am far within the mark when I say that all the armies that ever marched, and all the navies that ever sailed, furthermore all the parliaments that ever sat, and ending with all the kings that ever reigned, cannot and will not affect the historical nature of this our Jesus Christ. Glory be to GOD! He reigns forever!!!
Fundamentally, our Lord’s message was Himself. He did not come merely to preach a Gospel; He himself is that Gospel. He did not come merely to give bread; He said, “I am the bread.” He did not come merely to shed light; He said, “I am the light.” He did not come merely to show the door; He said, “I am the door.” He did not come merely to name a shepherd; He said: “I am the shepherd.” He did not come merely to point the way; He said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.”
So again, one of my important questions to you is this, do you know who Jesus is? Jesus asked his disciples two important questions. Who do people say that I am? And who do you say that I am?
As in Jesus’ day, a lot of differing opinions exist concerning Jesus of Nazareth—with only one affirming the truth. A lot of opinions exist, but we must move beyond opinion. Each of us must deal with this ultimate question in life: who is Jesus Christ? And just how well do you know him? This is the single-most important question you will ever have to answer.
Think carefully now—who do you think Jesus to be: who is he to your life? Do you know the Lord? If like Peter, you claim him to be the Christ, then your life is forever changed. Also, if you call him Lord, then you must be prepared to yield your life to him. So now it is this transition that leads us to a personal confession and personal message of knowing just who Jesus is.
Sometimes, we as humans have so many low points and sad times that we just can’t seem to move towards our God. These are the times when we’re low, and that old Devil creeps in and tells you, go ahead, lay back down. You’re not missing much. You worked hard all week and you deserve some rest and do not need to go to church, let alone serve. But since I have matured, and served the LORD, I’ve come to realize, that during the most troublesome times in my life, it’s God that got me through. It’s God that lifts me up, and it’s God that carries me. In other words, GOD is my Everything.
As Psalms 107: 2 states, “Let the redeemed of the LORD tell their story— those he redeemed from the hand of the foe.”
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