What If…

What if Matthew 16:13-19 were to have occurred in America today:

Jesus came into the small town of Newberry, South Carolina. They had built a camp fire that night, and he was asking his disciples, “Who does everybody think I am?”

One spoke up ad said, “A lot of folks are saying that you’re John the Baptist, Jonathan Edwards, or one of those old hell-fire and brimstone preachers come back from the dead, ‘cause you speak a lot of righteousness and   repentance.”

“No dude, he talks about love way more than he does hell and stuff.  Jesus, I heard someone say you were John Lennon.”

Another said, “No, that’s not it at all. They say you must be Elijah or Smith Wigglesworth, somebody like that ‘cause of all the miracles you do.”

Still another said, “I heard someone say you must be the prophet Jeremiah ‘cause you are so tender  in your dealings with the people; you aren’t scared to cry and show emotion.”

“Well, I heard,” said another, “that you are Martin Luther King Jr. back from the dead on account of the way you speak so much to the poor and outcast.”

On and on it went with the comparisons to this one or that one, concentrating on various aspects of his ministry, until finally Jesus asked, “But, what about you? Who do you say that I am?”

Finally, with tears streaming down his face, this kid stood up and said, “Oh Jesus, you’re so much more that all of that! You are the Anointed One; you are God in the flesh. You are life itself and I desire you with all of my heart. Please don’t let me get caught up in all the stuff people are saying about you, let me truly know you!

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Jesus is not a movement or a “cause.” He cannot be broken down and confined to merely “aspects of ministry.” Jesus is God, and he invites us to come and surrender our lives to him. He invites to come to him, be reconciled to God and truly experience life!

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