Thinking About NVCC 5/14/2017

Jesus asked, “Who do the people say the Son of Man is” (Matt 16:13)? The disciples’ answer seemed as if they had taken a poll, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and still other, Jeremiah.” Jesus knowing the answer fell short pressed the issue, “Who do you say I am?” Peter’s, of all people, stepped forward and answered correctly. “You are the Christ, the son of the living God.”

Two lesson arise out of this conversation. First, you cannot make a correct decision about Jesus by taking a poll. A poll is an accumulation of data which leads to a statement of what the majority of people think, but what the majority of people think is not truth. The decisions of a crowd can never substitute for a personal decisions, for a decision about Jesus often leads a person to stand against the crowd.

The other lesson is: A decision about Jesus must be made. Two of the three possible answers that can be given are: Deny Him, or proclaim Him. These are not simple answers, for the consequences of the decision a person makes about Jesus are eternal, but everyone who hears about Jesus must make a make a decision about Him. What is the third answer? Ignore Him. However, when you ignore Jesus you are making a decision against Him.

Let me close with this thought. It is not what you will do with Jesus, but in the end what Jesus will do with you!





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