June 14, 2009

Who Is He?

Mark 8:27-30

“You are the Christ.”
Mark 8:29


Many people today talk about “spirituality” and like to be regarded as “spiritual” persons. But if you mention that you believe in Jesus Christ as the Bible reveals him, it often happens that their friendly attitude changes and religious discussion stops. That’s not what they’re referring to when they think of being “spiritual.”

Why? Let me put it bluntly: lots of people know in the back of their minds that when it comes to Jesus, it’s all or nothing. Either Jesus is the Christ, as the Bible teaches and Peter testified, or, as some have said throughout the centuries, Jesus was just a great prophet—

better than most but merely one among others.

When you hear people talking about Jesus, listen carefully. Are essential teachings about him left out?

People may talk about him admiringly as the most loving person that ever lived and an unending source of inspiration. But they may also avoid mentioning his divinity, his cross and Savior-hood, his resurrection, and his coming again to judge the living and the dead.

Peter put it straight: “You are the Christ.” In those words the whole story of Jesus reaches its climax, and all other truths group around it.

Are you groping in the fog of a “spirituality” that is basically Christ-less?

Or is Jesus the Christ, your Savior?

Lord, help us all to see and to say with certainty that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, the Savior of the world. And may we also know him as our personal Savior. Amen.

About the author — R. Scott Greenway

R. Scott Greenway was born in Mexico City in 1964, the fourth child of missionary parents. He graduated from Calvin College in 1986, Calvin Theological Seminary in 1991, and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in 2002. He and his wife, Kelly, have four children. He pastored the Irving Park Christian Reformed Church in Midland Park, New Jersey, and currently serves as pastor of Caledonia Christian Reformed Church in Michigan. He enjoys a variety of outdoor sports, including hunting and fishing.

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