Who are you, Jesus?
Pastor Mark Jeske
A ten-year-old boy said once, “I believe in Jesus, but sometimes I wonder if he is real. Sometimes he seems like a character from a book.”
Jesus is indeed a character in a holy book, but he is most certainly also real. Today he comes to us through Word and Baptism and Lord’s Supper, and the subtlety of his presence eludes unbelievers and sometimes stresses believers. People want visuals and action and proof.
On the other hand, Jesus did once walk the streets of earth. He did speak directly with people, heal the sick, and raise the dead; and people still found reasons not to believe in him then either. It isn’t sight that saves you. It’s faith. Jesus once 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?’”(Matthew 16:13-15). Even the angels hushed for a moment waiting for the answer. “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God,” Peter answered (verse 16). He was able to see through his Lord’s humble disguise, Jesus’ outward appearance as a poor traveling rabbi.
Keep reading Bible stories to your kids and grandkids. It’s how God chooses to reveal the Savior to people today. The Scriptures are still able to make people wise for salvation.
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