Who do you say Jesus is? That’s one of “The BIG Questions” I think we all have to answer. But do we answer just with words? I think that’s the point of this comic strip. Does what we say matter? Do words count? Do words make things happen?
Maybe you’ve been caught in a situation like this before where everyone else is saying or doing something, but it doesn’t feel quite right to you yet would make others happy or at least cause less conflict. Maybe you felt like God would know you weren’t completely sincere. After all, He knows your heart. Yet you still have that nagging inner voice that just won’t leave you alone saying, “It’s SIMPLE so why don’t you just do it?”
To be honest, these are words that I sometimes have a difficult time saying even when I’ve confessed all my sins and am feeling totally right with God. For me, it’s because I know that there are still temptations that could cause me to turn my back on Jesus. Maybe you’ve felt like that too.
And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. Matthew 16:16-17 (KJV)
…and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians 12:3 (KJV)
What these verses let us know, and what I think our main character is trying to say, is that there are no “magic words” when it comes to “Who do you say Jesus is?” We know who Jesus is because Our Heavenly Father has revealed Jesus to us (Matthew 16:17) and the Holy Spirit proclaims who Jesus is to us through our words and our actions. (1Corinthians 12:3) It’s from your spirit. That’s what counts the most.
But in this life there is always something new to learn about Jesus, some new area in which He is to be Lord. (We may never get to 100 percent in this life.) This may be some of what Peter had in mind when he closed a letter with these words.
But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen. 2 Peter 3:18 (KJV)
(By the way, you do know that the “Memory Verse” is not really a memory verse, right? Just a reminder that sometimes we can get a very wrong message stuck in our minds.)