Who do people say you are ? (Thought for the Month June 2018)

June 10, 2018

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Who do people say you are ?

You might have received several, or perhaps many letters and emails recently asking you to reconfirm the inclusion of your name and address details on a mailing list for various charities, and on line companies who you may have used in the past. In fact you should have had a letter from Rehoboth Church asking you to confirm the information or data that we can hold about you. This has all been made necessary by new legislation introduced from the 25th May 2018 designed to protect the individual from having their details held unnecessarily by organisations. The initials GDPR stand for General Data Protection Regulations and lots of organisations have been busy introducing policies and procedures to ensure they comply with the new legislation as indeed we have as a church.
Jesus was cautious about giving away too many of his personal details at the start of his mission here on earth. He didn’t come to announce his full identity, talking more about the coming kingdom of God and what people should do in in order to enter in – “Repent and be baptised” he said (Matt 4:17, Mark 1:15). He showed by his actions, his teaching in the synagogues and to the crowds of people, his healing miracles, his power to drive out demons and his control over the wind and the waves, that he was no ordinary man. It was some time into his ministry that he turned to Peter and said ‘Who do people say I am ? (Mk 8:27, Luke 9:18, Matt 16:13), Peter answering ‘You are the Christ the son of the liv-ing God’. (Matt 16:16). It had taken a while for

Peter and the other disciples to fully understand who Jesus really was and Jesus went on to explain that this had only become clear following revelation from the ‘Father in heaven’ (Matt 16:17b).

We may have all sorts of information held about us by the organisations and the shops we frequent but only our Father in heaven knows everything about us and our lives. It is only through him by the gift of his Holy Spirit and by the revelation that comes from his Word that we can truly get to know and understand who Jesus Christ is. Each week as we listen to Calix and other visiting preachers God is graciously re-vealing more of himself to us. He is not holding back – everything we need to know comes from Him and we must not become like those whose hearts became hardened to the Lord so that ;

‘God gave them a spirit of stupor,

Eyes so that they could not see

And ears so that they could not hear, To this very day

(Romans 11:8 quoting from Deuteronomy 29:4)

May we gladly hear and respond to the word of the living God. All praise be to Him!

Stuart

Elder

June 2018

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