Who Am I?

Today’s reading is Luke 9.

Don’t miss this. Peter’s good confession in Luke 9:20 is significant. We have heard it our whole lives and might be tempted to rush through it, thinking, “Oh yeah! I know this part.” But this is what the entire book of Luke is about. This is what all four of the gospels are about. We tend to read these gospels like modern biographies. We want to hear about the birth, what was going on in the world, a chronology of events, a precise accounting of conversations and actions, leading to the subjects death. We get confused when each of the gospels gives a differing presentation of some of those facts. They change the order of events. They don’t give exact records of the conversations. They don’t give all the details of everyone who was involved. And they even do that in some pretty significant places and events. Ancient biographers were not interested in that kind of presentation. I don’t just mean the Bible authors, I mean ancient biographers in general. The gospel authors were writing biography the same way the ancients did. Don’t misunderstand. They didn’t make stuff up. They didn’t lie. They didn’t invent the stories. But they were not interested in giving a detailed chronology of events, actions, and conversations. Their goal was not to explain what the subject of the biography did or what people did around him. Their goal was to explain who the subject of the biography is. Therefore, they crafted the events, actions, and conversations together to make that point. That is what these gospels are about. Each is written from a different perspective, with a different audience in mind, driving home a slightly different nuance of meaning. But each one is designed to prompt this one conclusion: Jesus is the Christ of God. He is the anointed Lord, Savior, King, Priest. Follow Him. Become like Him. Keep reading Luke and see how every event, every action, every conversations points to this one fact: Jesus is the Christ of God. Then believe it and have life in His name.

Tomorrow’s reading is Luke 9.

A Word for Our Kids

Hey kids, did you see how Luke makes his case about who Jesus is in this week’s reading? Luke begins by introducing us to Herod who had killed John, the forerunner of Jesus. Herod had heard about Jesus and was asking, “Who is this guy?” Then Luke slides away to an event that seems completely different. He turns to the feeding of the 5000. Then Luke jumps back to the question, “Who is this guy?” This time the apostles answer. They’ve figured it out. When you consider the story in the middle of the two questions, it becomes obvious. Who had fed Israel in the past, multiplying food for them in the desolate places? Yahweh Himself had done that in the wilderness for 40 years. And now Jesus has repeated the miracle. It’s obvious. Isn’t it? Jesus asks, “Who am I?” And Peter said, “You are God’s anointed. You are the Christ of God, the Messiah. You are the one we’ve been waiting for.” Jesus wasn’t a prophet. He wasn’t Elijah or John the Baptist back from the dead. Jesus is the Christ, the King, the Lord. Let’s follow Him.

Author: edwincrozier

Disciple, Husband, Father, Preacher, Author. I'm convinced God's way works and would love to discuss it with you.

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