The Good Confession

good confessionSaying, “I believe Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God”  is no minor statement.  Saying he is the Christ or Messiah is saying that all the hopes and dreams of Israel are to be received through him.  He is the one sent from God to bring healing “far as the curse is found.”  It is only through him that we can have redemption, reconciliation and forgiveness of sins.

Believing Jesus is the Son of God  is to believe that God himself took on human flesh and lived on earth.  It is difficult for us humans to understand how God could be our Father in Heaven and God’s son on earth at the same time, but the nature of God as Trinity puts Him in a completely different category than anything in all creation.  It should not surprise us that the essence of the eternal, immortal, infinite creator God cannot be completely grasped by finite human minds.  We must either accept what he tells us or reject it.

But we are not asked to simply accept what we are told on blind faith.  Rather, we have the testimony of eye witnesses; those who saw Jesus in the flesh, heard his teachings and witnessed his miracles.  After Jesus’ resurrection, these disciples of Jesus would rather suffer and die than recant their belief that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God.   This is the torch that has been passed from one generation to the next.

Now it is our turn.  Do you believe?  Everything God has ever done and everything that God has promised to do is focused on this one question.  When you make the good confession you align yourself with God and his purposes.  When you confess your belief in Jesus you become his partner in the next chapter of The Story.

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Byron FikePreaching Minister

Byron has been the preaching minister at Clear Lake since 1999. He and his wife have three grown children, who have also devoted their lives to serving the Lord. In his personal time, Byron likes to read books, watch movies, and play with his little dog Willie. He also is an avid follower of Alabama football, having grown up in Tuscaloosa during the glory days of Bear Bryant.

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2 Responses to “The Good Confession”

  1. avatar Stephen Carman says:

    I’ve heard some suggest it is harder for us than 1st century disciples who were able to see, hear, and touch Jesus. This weeks reading does not seem to bear that out. He was not who they thought he was; he was not from where they thought he was from; and he certainly did not do or say what they expected from their Rabbis. And yet, they are asked the same question we are asked: do you believe?

    Like the first disciples, we must break out of our “merely human concerns” … to get beyond the superficial with our creator (and each other) and believe. I like the dictionary definition of this verb “believe” — “to have confidence in the truth.” Do we believe the Christ is the way, the truth and the life? It’s a big question. And at times one that is asked and answered over and over, especially when the new day turns into a dark day.

    • avatar Byron Fike says:

      That comment of Jesus about “merely human concerns” that you referenced is one that causes me to pause. Do I have in mind the concerns of God? Especially when those concerns involve my discomfort? Thanks Steve.

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