Today’s reading had us in Matthew 14, and I couldn’t help but notice several parallels, and several verses that could be “chained” here. The one thought that kept echoing through my heart as I read was, “who do we say Jesus is?” I mean, do we REALLY know who He is and what He came to do? Do we accept this truth?
(1) At that time Herod the tetrarch heard the report about Jesus (2) and said to his servants, “This is John the Baptist; he is risen from the dead, and therefore these powers are at work in him.”
25 Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. 26 And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear.
It seems here that Jesus went from being a resurrected John the Baptist to a ghost. Hmm. How often are we not sure “who” Jesus is?
John 1: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 14: 9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?
John 1: 14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. (full of GRACE and TRUTH–gotta have both).
Matthew 14: 14 And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick. (full of compassion)
Matthew 14: 33 Then those who were in the boat came and worshiped Him, saying, “Truly You are the Son of God.” (allowed worship of Himself)
21 From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day.
22 Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!”
23 But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men. (He came to die and be raised again)
John 18: 36 Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here.” (His kingdom is NOT of this world)
Romans 5: 10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. (reconciled to God, having been ENEMIES before…this includes Jew/Greek, etc.)
There are so many rich passages in the New Testament that tell us just who Jesus is. The question becomes, “who do you say He is?”