A reading from the gospel according to Luke 9:18-22
18 Once when Jesus was praying in solitude, and the disciples were with him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say that I am?”
19 They said in reply, “John the Baptist; others, Elijah; still others, ‘One of the ancient prophets has arisen.’”
20 Then he said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter said in reply, “The Christ of God.”
21 He rebuked them and directed them not to tell this to anyone.
22 He said, “The Son of Man must suffer greatly and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed and on the third day be raised.”
God News: Jesus is the Christ.
Christ is not a family name. It is a title which means the “anointed one”, the Messiah as foretold in the Old Testament. He is the Holy Redeemer of the people of God from the bondage of sin and death.
Being the “Chosen One”, Jesus is incomparable. He is unlike any other prophet that came before or after Him. He is the only son of God who came to save His people not my might but by love. By His suffering, death and resurrection, He accomplished His mission. After His ascension, He sent His apostles to continue this mission of proclaiming the Kingdom of God.
How much do we know this Jesus the Christ? Do we know Him with our intellect or with our heart? In knowing Him, does He make any difference in our life? Does He influence us in any manner?
There is a big difference in KNOWING Jesus as the Christ and in MAKING Him the Christ in our life. If Jesus is our REDEEMER, then we must behave as redeemed people, meaning FREED people from all forms of slavery. If we make Jesus as the “Chosen One” in our life then everything that we think, say or do must revolve around this truth.