Prayer to the Holy Spirit
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful.
And kindle in them the fire of your love.
Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created.
And you will renew the face of the earth.
by the light of the Holy Spirit
you have taught the hearts of your faithful.
In the same Spirit
help us to relish what is right
and always rejoice in your consolation.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Mark 8: 29
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How did Peter answer Jesus' question? If Jesus came to your house to visit today and asked you this question, what would your answer be?
Think about what you know about Jesus.
Can you name some of the things Jesus did or said?
What is your favourite story about Jesus?
If you could perform one of Jesus' miracles, which one would you choose? Why?
Notice Jesus didn’t ask the disciples who they thought he was the first day he met them. First, he called them to follow him, to come and learn who he was and what he was like. He established a friendship and trust between himself and them. He showed them all the things he could do and taught them how to live. By the time he asked them "Who do you say I am?", they had been at his side for almost three years.
So perhaps before you answer the Jesus question, you need to get to know him better. Let's take another look at Jesus, who he is, why he came, what he really taught, and what all of that means to you in the modern world.
Who is Jesus? There are many ways to answer the question. He is a Galilean. A Jew. A carpenter. An itinerant preacher. A miracle worker. A teacher. A prophet. The Son of God. The King of Kings. The Christ. The Savior of the world. The chosen one. The long awaited Messiah. My brother. My friend.
Who did Jesus say he was?
In the Gospel of John, we read that Jesus made seven "I am" statements about Himself, helping us to know Him better.
You can look these up in your bibles to unscramble the letters or try to figure it out on your own. Once you think you have the answer, hover over the box to see the answer and what it might mean for you.
The Jesus Prophecies
There have been lots of famous people throughout history. Neil Armstrong was famous for being the first man to walk on the moon. Rosa Parks was famous for standing up for justice. Pablo Picasso was famous for his paintings. Mozart and Beethoven were famous for their music. Christopher Columbus was famous for discovering the Americas. Shakespeare, Dickens, Tolstoy, and Austen were famous for their writings. But all their fame came during their lives or after they died. And it was largely the result of what they did.
Jesus was famous before he was born, and he was famous because of who he was—the long awaited Messiah. Lots of people get written about while they are alive or after they die, but Jesus was written about hundreds of years before he was born.
Isaiah 11 prophesied that the Messiah would be a descendant of David. Matthew 1:1 shows that this prophecy was fulfilled.
Genesis 49 prophesied that the Messiah would be born of the tribe of Judah, one of the twelve tribes of Israel. Matthew 1: fulfilled.
Micah 5 prophesied that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem. Matthew 2: fulfilled.
Isaiah 7 prophesied that the Messiah would be born of a virgin mother. Luke 1: fulfilled.
Psalm 72 prophesied that kings would come and adore the Messiah. Matthew 2: fulfilled.
Psalm 41 prophesied that the Messiah would be betrayed. Matthew 26: fulfilled.
Zechariah 11 prophesied that the Messiah would be sold for thirty pieces of silver. Matthew 26: fulfilled.
God's people turned away from him and then turned back to him again and again. Each time they embraced sin and turned away from God their lives became miserable.
But God had a plan to save his people from their sin.
Discussion / Reflection
In many ways the world is an incredible place, but in lots of other ways it is a mess. In what ways is the world a mess?
How did the world get to be such a mess?
What is sin? How does it affect you?
Would you be a-better-version-of-yourself if you followed Jesus’ WAY, accepted his TRUTH, and embraced his LIFE?
Discuss these questions with your parents or sponsor OR write your thoughts in a Confirmation journal.
John the Baptist was an itinerant preacher who lived around the time of Jesus. His main message is found at the beginning of the third chapter of Matthew’s Gospel: “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Matthew 3:3)
Some people thought John the Baptist may have been the Messiah, but he made it clear that he was not, explaining that he had come to prepare the way for the Messiah. He said, “I baptize you with water for repentance, but he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry; he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 3:11)
John baptized Jesus (Matthew 3:13–17). He also upset many of the leaders of his time by speaking out against their injustice and hypocrisy. John the Baptist was beheaded under orders from Herod.
John’s central message of repentance is always needed. To repent means to turn back to God. Have you turned away from God in some area of your life? Is it time for you to turn back to God?
In each of us there's that best-version-of-ourselves and that lesser version of ourselves, that worst version of ourselves. The challenge is to celebrate that best-version-of-ourselves. We can only really be the-best-version-of-ourselves in and through Jesus Christ. John the Baptist said, "He must increase and I must decrease." That's the challenge every day, to allow Jesus to come more fully alive in us, so that we can become all that God created us to be.
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God, Our Father, thank you for sending your Son, Jesus to show us how to love others and how to live. Thank you, Jesus for dying for me to save me from my sin and for sending the Holy Spirit to us. Holy Spirit, open our minds and our hearts to learn more about you and grow in love for you. Amen.
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