Who do you say that Jesus is?
In the service last Sunday, Pastor Heather asked the congregation to respond to Jesus’ question “Who do you say that I am?” by texting her an answer.
Here are a few of the responses:
Jesus is the way, the truth and the life
Jesus is the wind that carries the seeds across the desert to bring life to us all, the rain that nourishes, the fire that sparks, earth that sustains.
Jesus is my role model. He teaches me how to treat others.
- Frances Mock, Livestream
God with us, embodied love, the touchable, tangible God.
Lord, Father, Savior, Master, Friend.
Jesus is radical, liberating love that unifies us in our differences and calls us to bring that love to others in unconditional service and care.
The way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Jesus.
My hope. My rock.
Jesus is loving and accepting of all of us.
Jesus is a better version of humanity- the ideal. A version that moves us from selfishness to community, from isolation to connection, from petty to profound.
The teacher from whose lessons I want to live my life.
Jesus is my homeboy.
A role model and a leader.
Jesus is the divine safe place for us to find comfort, peace, and security in the place of danger, turmoil, and uncertainty.
Our comfort, our joy, and our example.
Jesus is my savior and helper for struggles and hard times.
Jesus is the one who held me through my cancer diagnosis and surgery. He kept me from fear and darkness.
Jesus is love. And deep acceptance. Jesus is kindness.
Jesus is the One who reaches out to me when I'm drowning. My safeguard and the one who loves me most.
From our section in the pews: "I don''t know" "I don't know but I'm curious" "Someone who we can learn from", "Someone who shows us love and God."
Jesus is the sincere embrace in the hardest moments, the shoulder on which I can lean on when nothing else feels trustworthy.
Jesus is complicated. It's hard enough to trust people you can see, let alone a figure that you can't see-- that over the years His followers have caused so much pain and suffering in this world. But also Jesus-People have been advocates for positive change, solid ethical behaviors and maybe most of all a people of hope. Jesus is hope for me, I don't always feel confident in that but this community of Jesus-People (DMUMC) definitely brings comfort and compassion and a reminder that there is hope and light even when it's super hard to see/feel that.
Jesus is the one I can talk/vent to when I feel I need someone to just listen.
Jesus is the open arms of this church who invited the leadership team of Divinity Pride at Duke into our church building yesterday to plan, vision, and dream for the work to be done over the next year.
Jesus is the twinkle in the eye of a baby that learns something new. He is the voice in your ear when you feel like your world is falling apart and reminds you that it will be ok. - Christina Lankford.
Jesus is hope.
A rebel, upsetting the status quo.
This is a surprisingly tough question, because I guess I haven't thought about it in a while. I think Jesus is the embodied humanity that reflects all of my own experiences, even when they don't appear to be the same ones.
God is forever and now. God is expansive and here. God is forgiving and convicting. God is you. God is me.
Jesus is the Giver of Grace -Jamie Lewis Owen
God is always for us, never against us. God is inclusion, forgiveness, and forever making all things new and whole, including us. God works through us, even in our imperfections.
Jesus is the unexpected peace and calm that comes over me when life becomes more chaotic than I think I can handle. -Andrew Davis
God moves every day in my life and when I need help at school, especially on a Monday Morning!
Jesus is the one who came to teach us how to live a full and joyful life.
Jesus is God's teacher of what God's kingdom on earth is supposed to be like, filled with compassion and justice.
Jesus is God with us, who moves us to be with one another, to respond with care, strength, power and compassion when there is injustice.