I received an email response to the post, Who is Jesus to you? from Adam, a Resurrection attender, and thought it was well worth sharing with you. With his permission:
Andrew, I think this is an interesting question, but so is your answer:
“Jesus is my Lord and Savior. He continues to teach me about what it is like to live as one of his followers in a kingdom that is not of this world, but is coming into the world.”
I think this is very similar to what most mainline Christians (including myself) and especially those who grew up in “the church” would declare. However, I would throw out these questions:
- What is a “Lord” in modern terms and vernacular? We don’t have Lords anymore.
- What is he a “Savior” from? A big ravine? Democrats? Republicans? Stupid people?
So in short, perhaps this needs to be modernized. So we say that he is our CEO and saves use from our sinful wrong lived lives???? Just a thought.
I heard this question last week and it really stuck with me.
It is a simple question that can say a lot about someone’s journey of faith. I think that it could be asked effectively to both Christians and non-Christians. It doesn’t have a pre-supposed “right answer” and is non-confrontational.
Jesus is my Lord and Savior. He continues to teach me about what it is like to live as one of his followers in a kingdom that is not of this world, but is coming into the world.
What is your response?
I have had the opportunity to lead the Builders Sunday Morning Small Group for three weeks studying the gospel according to Mark. This question was from a breakout group studying Mark 8:27-30.
In this scripture passage, Peter identifies Jesus as the Messiah or Christ and then Jesus tells them not to tell anyone about it. The so-called messianic secret of Jesus has been a source of question for me as well over time.
Scholar Pheme Perkins asserts in the New Interpreter’s Bible that there are several possible reasons for Jesus asking the disciples to keep quiet about his identity as Messiah.
- Timing – The proclamation of Jesus as messiah is not completely true until after resurrection. Peter’s proclamation is not yet completely realized.
- Context – Prior to Peter’s naming of Jesus as messiah the only time that this has occurred is in the context of an exorcism or healing. This may not be the proper context to proclaim Jesus’ identity.
- Witnesses – Previously the witnesses to Jesus identity had been demons and perhaps these are not truly witnesses to Jesus.
- Suffering – The disciples did not seem to understand that being a savior involves suffering.
I find these to be pretty compelling reasons, but on a few of them I still have some questions. For example, if someone is witnessing to Jesus but is not a believer does this particularly matter? Or is the fact that Jesus is being proclaimed enough?
What do you think? How would you respond to this question?
You can find previous responses to questions coming from this class here: