LUKE 9 | BJ "PUSHA" ALBANO
Hype Club Toronto
When I read Luke 9, what stands out to me are verses 7 to 27. In verses 7-9, the Bible talks about how King Herod gets word from the people about this Jesus and His works. Herod and the people didn't know what to make of Jesus or how to identify him. They acknowledged his miracles and His impact on the culture, but who was He really? Was He John the Baptist back from the dead? Was He a projection of Elijah or a reincarnation of one of the Old Testament prophets, perhaps Moses?
Afterwards, in verses 10-17, Jesus is preaching and tending to a crowd of 5000 men. At this point He performs one of his most renowned miracles: feeding 5000 men with only 5 loaves and 2 fish. In verse 18, Jesus asks, "Who do the crowds say that I am?". The disciples respond with the same ideas highlighted earlier, John the Baptist, Elijah, etc. But the disciples respond afterwards with their own belief that Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah.
When I read these verses I see the parallels in today's world. There are people in the general public, in positions of power and even in the church, who acknowledge Jesus as someone significant, but on a personal level, they don't truly know Him as Christ, their Messiah, their Saviour. Some only acknowledge Jesus for His ability to bless them financially or physically. Some only acknowledge Jesus as a philosopher. They will adore His teachings of loving your neighbour or being charitable, humble or forgiving. But they will reject His teachings that we are all sinners in need of a saviour; and that He (Jesus) is that saviour. Some people love the feeling of belonging to a community and dedicate themselves to church involvement, but may not truly know who Jesus is. Like the 12 apostles, a true believer in Jesus knows more than His reputation or His teachings. They have faith in who He is, God in the flesh who has come to seek and save.
In verses 23-27, Jesus addresses the crowds and tells them to be unashamed of their belief in Him and to abandon their selfish pursuits in life in order to pursue the kingdom of God wholeheartedly. In verse 27 he says, "... there are SOME standing here that will not see death..." It is evident that the "some" refers them that have an accurate understanding and belief in Jesus' true identity: the Christ, our saviour.
Today, ask yourself, who is Jesus to you? Is He only just a healer or provider? Is He just a teacher or philosopher? If you've experienced His goodness, mercy, grace, and favour, I urge you to cling to the truth that that He is our Christ, the Messiah, the Saviour.
BJ "Pusha" Albano
Director of Hype Club Toronto