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Mistaken Identity - November 8, 2010
While they were listening to this (Jesus’ conversation with Zacchaeus), Jesus went on to tell them a parable, because he was near Jerusalem and the people thought that the kingdom of God was going to appear at once.
“I thought you were someone else.” John was embarrassed. He was so sure it was his friend, but it wasn’t. After a long stream of apologies, John went on his way a bit embarrassed, and determined not to let it happen again.
I can relate to John’s experience of mistaken identity. It happens all the time. It even happened during Jesus’ ministry on earth. People often thought he was someone else, and they had their hopes and expectations. Some thought he was a great teacher. Some thought he was a prophet. Some even thought he was going to be a king with an earthly kingdom. Unfortunately, these people suffered from a case of mistaken identity.
Although Jesus was a teacher, a prophet, and even a king, not one of these actually defined his entire ministry. It is a lesson I need to remember.
It is easy to try to make Jesus into something I want. If I want a friend and companion, he can be that. If I want a physician and healer, he can also be that. If I want someone to provide blessings and be a ready source of help, he can even be that. Still, if Jesus is only this and no more, I am suffering from a case of mistaken identity. Jesus is so much more.
This is when I need to turn to the pages of the Bible. Throughout those sacred writings Jesus is revealed as one thing. He is the one who came to remove the guilt of my sin. He is the one who came to silence my fear of death and punishment. He is the one who came to provide the ability to stand perfectly before God. Jesus is, first and foremost, my Savior.
In addition to being my Savior, he is also my faithful friend and companion. He is my physician and source of every blessing. He is my sure foundation for life, and my confidence of heaven.
This is who Jesus is. He is the one on whom I can place my trust. He is also the one about whom the psalmist says, “No one whose hope is in you will ever be put to shame” (Psalm 25:3). Because Jesus is who he is and because of what he does for me, I never want to be mistaken about his identity. He is my Lord, my God, and my Savior.
O gracious Lord, I thank you for revealing your Son to me through the pages of the Scriptures. Give me the faith I need to put my trust in him, and all that he does for me. Amen.
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