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The Answer Can Move Mountains

As we come to the homestretch of our Lenten journey with Jesus to the cross, his goading question to his disciples at Caesarea Philippi still haunts me… “Who do you say I am?” That answer frames our life of faith.Jesus Pic

Robert, who struggles from his impoverished south side of Columbus, always stands to offer his prayer concerns at a Tuesday morning service I like to attend before the Free Store opens. It’s hard to understand his garbled words, but he forever speaks of God as the One who forgives him each day, and then he vocally blesses person after person who continually reach out to him in Jesus’ name. The power of prayer is so important to Robert that he never misses a Tuesday morning opportunity to sit with a prayer group that prays over each written request collected over the past week.

During the first Sunday of Lent I posed Jesus’ question to each person early in our two worship services. They could either write down their responses that were collected with the offering, or they could text their answers to a media person. Then, during my sermon, I put some of the “Who do you say I am?” responses up on the screen for people to ponder.

Here is how a few would answer Jesus:

  • “You are the first thing I think about when I wake up and the last thing at the end of the day.”
  • “You are my guide that is love, forgiveness, and all that is good in me and in the world.”
  • “You are the One who takes my brokenness and transforms it into a thing of beauty.”
  • “You are the power of my soul, my conversation partner, my life coach, my sanity, my only hope in a world gone astray.” 
  • “You are my Lord and Savior who I can’t wait to meet in heaven.”

Peter blurted out that day, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God” (Matt 16:16). And because of his testimony, Jesus was moved to give Peter the keys of the kingdom. Testimony today still moves our Lord, and moves you and me. I think it can move mountains. Who do you say this Jesus is for you?