Good August Morning 8-30-08

  "Whom say ye that I am?" Luke 9:20      

Jesus had taught His twelve disciples less than two years. During that time He had brought the comfort of peace and forgiveness to many people and had performed miracles.  Though some loved Him, others hated Him all the more. there were all kinds of opinions concerning Christ.      

One day Jesus took the disciples aside for rest and prayer. He asked them what people were saying about Him. Not that He didn't know, but He wanted to teach the disciples. They had heard a great many opinions expressed.  Some said Jesus was John the Baptist,  or Elias and some said a great prophet risen from the dead. But they were all wrong.      

Then Jesus asked the disciples, "But whom say ye that I am?" After all, that was the important question. What do we think or say about Christ? Do we recognize Him as the Son of God and the Savior of the world? If we do, all is well with us. Fervently believing in Him and in His divine work of redemption, we have everything that counts; forgiveness of sins where despair reigned previously; spiritual life where there was eternal damnation. More than that, all our earthly needs will be supplied, for Jesus Himself said, "Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness; and all these earthly things shall be added unto you" Matt. 6:33.       Peter answered correctly for the twelve disciples: "Thou art the Christ of God."      

Christian friends, What label do you put on Jesus Christ? If you agree that He is who He claimed to be, then let Him who is the center of history be not only the center of your creed but also the object of your loyalty and love.  

What think ye of Christ? is the test                                                                                To try both your state and your scheme;                                                              You cannot be right in the rest                                                                                     Unless you think rightly of Him.  

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY - Your decision about Jesus determines your destiny.