Jesus is Christ, the Son of the Living God.
Hey, eye-rollers! Yeah, you. How many of you rolled your eyes with reading that statement. Raise your hands!
How many of you stopped reading altogether? I would say, “Raise your hands!” but you didn’t stick around for the rest of this discussion.
It’s amazing how that simple statement can be so divisive. Truth — the one truth, in this instance — certainly proves divisive. It isn’t necessarily surprising: “Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division.” (Luke 12:51)
Jesus is truly the Son of God.
There’s another statement for you. Who else has stopped reading now?
For the rest of us, thanks for being here! Those words are certainly so simple to say. both statements are no more than sixteen words combined.
And they’re both very biblical. The first mirrors Peter’s “great confession” in Matthew 16; the very same truth upon which Christ has built his church. The second mirrors a statement by a Roman soldier at the foot of the cross immediately proceeding Jesus’ death in Matthew 27.
The statements are bold, life-changing, and hope-giving. Proclamations, really. They are fitted to be shouted from the rooftops; designed with an eternal ring. They are the basic fabric with which our very existences are woven together — eternal, God-created existences.
Yet how often do we proclaim them? To our family? friends? co-workers? Think about it. When’s the last time those sentiments passed from your lips?
Let’s challenge ourselves to tell more people about Christ, about the truth. While we can.
“I tell you, whoever publicly acknowledges me before others, the Son of Man will also acknowledge before the angels of God. But whoever disowns me before others will be disowned before the angels of God.” (Luke 12:8-9)