The Daily Fountain Daily Devotional of the Church Of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) 24 March 2019 – Who Is Jesus To You?
TOPIC: Who Is Jesus To You?
READ: Luke 9:18-27 King James Version (KJV)
18 And it came to pass, as he was alone praying, his disciples were with him: and he asked them, saying, Whom say the people that I am?
19 They answering said, John the Baptist; but some say, Elias; and others say, that one of the old prophets is risen again.
20 He said unto them, But whom say ye that I am? Peter answering said, The Christ of God.
21 And he straitly charged them, and commanded them to tell no man that thing;
22 Saying, The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be slain, and be raised the third day.
23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.
24 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.
25 For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?
26 For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels.
27 But I tell you of a truth, there be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the kingdom of God.
A friend told me how a Muslim joined in shouting “the blood of Jesus when their car almost had an accident.” Afterwards, they asked him why he shouted the blood of Jesus and he told them that he had to call upon anything that would save him in times of danger. The blood of Jesus to him was only for deliverance from accidents.
In times past, many regarded Jesus as a prophet or a resurrected John the Baptist. Only Peter, out of all the disciples, answered that He is Christ. This shows that we might be seen as disciples without knowing who Christ is.
Today, some Christians regard Him as a talisman and deliverer in times of accidents, childbirth, sickness, demonic attacks, threats from enemies, etc. To some others, He is a prophet to reveal their past, future and enemies around them while their lives are contrary to God’s word.
Those who will accept Him as Lord are instructed in verse 25 to deny themselves, follow Him and value Him above all (verse 25) and boldly stand for Him (verse 26).
They are also to sit with Him to listen to His word or teachings (verse 18). Who is Jesus to you? He came to be your Lord and Saviour. Open your heart so that the power to become His disciple will flow into your life.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, I want You to be more than a healer, deliverer and supplier to me. I accept You as my Lord and personal Saviour today.