And it happened, as He was alone praying, that His disciples joined Him, and He asked them, saying, “Who do the crowds say that I am?” So they answered and said, “John the Baptist, but some say Elijah; and others say that one of the old prophets has risen again.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered and said, “The Christ of God.” Luke 9:18-20 [NKJV]
As I was reading this passage today it just made me think about how our world constantly tries to come up with someone Jesus is other than the Messiah. Even here ‘The Messiah” was not one of the ‘persons’ the disciples rattled off as who people said He was. It is just too hard to come to terms with Who Jesus is as the Messiah…because what it would mean is that people would have to admit that He is the answer, that He should be the person that they should worship, that He is exactly Who He says He is. The day will come when every knee will bow and worship Jesus for Who He truly is.
God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name, which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth.Philippians 2:9-10
QUESTION: Am I already acknowledging Jesus and bowing to His name even now…before He returns in person? I am convicted by the fact that there are actions/times in my life that relegate Jesus to being ‘resurrected prophet’, ‘John the Baptist’, or ‘Elijah’. That He does not own the throne of my life…because in those places I have a different name on that throne. Between the sermon this morning by Pastor Koby and now this time in God’s Word, I need to not live for every day but to live for “Well done good and faithful servant”. This means living and making the most of every 5 minutes, an eternally focused 5 minutes.