August 23, 2020

Who Is Jesus?

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Passage: Exodus 3:1-15, Matthew 16:13-20
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The question of just who God is dates back millennia.  Most Middle Eastern cultures worshiped a pantheon of gods, who while they may have been said to have participated in creation were now limited to a specific region where they held influence.  The patriarchs in Genesis listened to one God, who spoke to them and led them.   They generally referred to this God as the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob:  not a god of a place, but a God of relationships with individuals.  Moses asked God for a name, and was told I AM WHO I AM.  Jesus asked the disciples the same question:  “Who do you say that I am?”   Peter answered for the disciples:   “The Messiah, the Son of the Living God”.    Who do we say that God is?  Who do we say Jesus is?

Confession

Omnipotent, Omniscient God, too often we try to limit You.  We try to bring You down to a size we can understand.  We forget that You are beyond our understanding.  We don’t want to feel dwarfed by Your presence, because  we think that would diminish us.  We forget that Your love has graven us each into the palm of Your hands on the cross, which makes us of inestimable value. So forgive our attempts to bring You to our level, and enable us to be raised up before You.

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