Jesus and his disciples came to the region of Caeserea Philippi and he asked them one of the most important questions that could be considered about himself. First, he wanted to know what people were saying about him.
And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
Then Jesus asks, “But who do you say that I am?” (Matthew 16:14-15)
Jesus also wants to knowwho we say that he is. The sort of relationship we can have with him is determined by how we answer.
Savior, Lord, Friend, Christ, Son of God, Teacher, Prophet. How do you answer when Jesus asks you “Who do you say that I am?” The way in which you answer can evolve. At any rate, how you respond to him…
Can change your life.
“He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart.” Isaiah 40:11
“Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen.” Luke 24:5
“Star of wonder, star of night, guide us to they perfect light.”
“Then Jesus told them this parable: ‘Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country to go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, “Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.” (Luke 15:4-6)
“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.” (Luke 19:10)
“Amazing grace–how sweet the sound–
That saved a wretch like Me!
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind but now I see.”
Being found. It implies that we must have been lost. It implies we might have been lonely. We don’t know which way to go. Maybe we’re in darkness and we’re frightened.
Imagine being found by Someone who loves you deeply; without measure.
The truth is, God seeks us even as we may be seeking him. In fact, his Spirit seeks us out when we may not be actively looking for God. He knows we’re lonely, frightened. He’s aware that we don’t know where to turn next. Like sheep who’ve gone astray, we wander without purpose.
Once the Shepherd finds his sheep, he rejoices to have it in his arms, taking it home to green pastures.
What joy should fill our hearts knowing that he celebrates in having found us. What joy should fill our hearts knowing that we no longer need to be alone. We don’t have to be afraid; we know the darkness is gone. Forever.