Who Do You Say I Am?

The Jesus of Our World

But Who Do You Say I Am?

Every person sees Jesus in every aspect of their lives but when I read the Bible, listen to homilies or speeches, and spend time with my close family and friends I see that Jesus is within the relationships we have with others. I would describe Jesus as a friend, a family member, and a part of the community. Through my faith journey I feel that I better relate to Jesus when I see him in a low christology light, where he is performing divine miracles as human being living on the earth. Through his ministry Jesus spend a lot of time to a special twelve people that really became his closest most trustworthy friends, the disciples. When I picture the followers of Christ I image a group of men and women laughing and talking just like people in our day. Jesus is also a family member, he was born from his mother Mary and his adopted father, Joseph helped raise him. Jesus had cousins like John the Baptist and an extended family that supported him through his mission. My parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, and cousins are all very close and being able to relate to the way Jesus grew up gives me a better idea of his teachings. Not only did he grow up with a strong family but the community played a big role in Jesus' ministry. Throughout his travels, Jesus slowly formed communities around the world containing his followers and believers and because of his strong bond with children and women people were drawn to his loving ways. My church community has slowly grown throughout the past five years and like Jesus' community it has grown and diminished and because of the community that has formed a feeling of acceptance and love is always a part of my life. When I picture Jesus I see his as a human being with people surrounding him, with people that love and support him. By following his teachings and relying on his love for us, Jesus can become a part of our own world.

A PART OF OUR WORLD

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Deuteronomy 10:17-18

For the LORD, your God, is the God of gods, the Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who has no favorites, accepts no bribes, who executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and loves the resident alien, giving them food and clothing.

Hebrews 2:16-18

Surely he did not help angels but rather the descendants of Abraham; therefore, he had to become like his brothers in every way, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest before God to expiate the sins of the people. Because he himself was tested through what he suffered, he is able to help those who are being tested.
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Matthew 16:13-20

After reading verse 19, "I will entrust you the keys of the kingdom of heaven" I remembered that I never truly understood why Simon Peter was given the "keys" to heaven and none of the other apostles. After looking at the footnotes I now understand that Simon Peter was given the keys due to his outstanding authority in the church on earth and his authority will be confirmed in heaven. This shows an intimate connection between the earthly church and the kingdom of heaven. (Senior 1366)

RESTLESS

Restless-Audrey Assad