It Has Been Said

It has been said that leadership can be characterized by certain punctuation marks. Some think leadership is characterized by the period, that is, the command: “Go here. Do this. Do that.” Others say it is better characterized by the exclamation point, expressing enthusiasm, expectancy, optimism. But most often true leaders are characterized by that symbol that is bent in humility: the question mark. The Lord Jesus was always asking questions. In fact, the gospel accounts record more than one hundred questions escaping His lips. One day, at Caesarea Philippi, He got to the heart of His own exclusivity when He asked His disciples, “Who do you say that I am?” (Matthew 16:15, emphasis added). Today He asks us the same question. In fact, for each of us this Lenten season, this is the question of eternity.

When asking this question in the language of the New Testament, it is emphatic, that is, the “you” is placed for emphasis at the beginning of the sentence. It is as if Jesus were asking, “What about you? You and you only? Who do you say that I am?” God bless Simon Peter. We often bemoan his impulsiveness and quick temper. But now he comes through: “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16, emphasis added). What do you say?

This is a question you cannot avoid. Who do you say He is?

Today, when you check the temperature outside, let it remind you that scientific truth is narrow. Water freezes at 32 degrees Fahrenheit—not 33 or 34. That is narrow. How about math? 2 + 2 = 4 . . . not 3, not 7. So don’t be surprised that theological truth is also narrow. Christ is the only way to eternal life. It is the very nature of truth: all truth is narrow.

“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
JOHN 14:6

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