But Who Do You Say Am I?
By: Sophia Crennan Block F
Who is Jesus?
John 10:4- "When he has driven out all his own, he walks ahead of them, and the sheep follow him, because they recognize his voice."
John 10:9-17- "I am the gate. Whoever enters through me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. A thief comes only to steal and slaughter and destroy; I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd. A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. A hired man, who is not a shepherd and whose sheep are not his own, sees a wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away, and the wolf catches and scatters them. This is because he works for pay and has no concern for the sheep. I am the good shepherd, and I know mine and mine know me, just as the father knows me and I know the Father; and I will lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. These also I must lead, and they will hear my voice, nd there will be one flock, one shepherd. This is why the father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again."
In this passage Jesus is the shepherd is guides us through life so that we can live it to the fullest. Jesus will lay down his life for us to help us. Jesus also not only helps people who follow him but also people who don't or have turned their back on him.
Reflection of Matthew 16:13-20
By reading The Collegeville Bible Commentary: New Testament, I learned that Peter's confession of Jesus as the Messiah reflects the disciples' hope that Jesus would deliver Israel from its enemies and establish God's kingdom on earth. What I learn from this is that Jesus cares for his people, is a savior, and will always help his people when they are in need of his help.
But Who Do You Say I Am?
Like one from whom you turn your face, spurned, and we held him in no esteem.
Yet it was our pain that he bore, our sufferings he endured.
We thought of him as stricken, struck down by God and afflicted,
But he was pierced for our sins, crushed for our iniquity.
He bore the punishment that makes us whole, by his wounds we were healed.
We had all gone astray like sheep, all following our own way;
But the LORD laid upon him the guilt of us all.
Though harshly treated, he submitted and did not open his mouth;
Like a lamb led to slaughter or a sheep silent before shearers,
he did not open his mouth.
Jesus sacrificed himself to save all of us because he loves us. Even when we turned our backs on him and let him endure pain, he always loved us and he still does.