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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Why Do We Say It?

Therefore Pilate  . . .  summoned Jesus and said to Him, “Are You the King of the Jews?” Jesus answered, “Are you saying this on your own initiative, or did others tell you about Me?” (John 18:33-34)
Why do we believe Jesus is King? And Lord?
Because our parents told us it’s so?
Our teachers? Pastors?
Books we’ve read?
Homilies we’ve heard?
Or do we believe Jesus is King,
and Lord,
because we’ve met Him.
Because we know Him.
Because we speak with Him.
Believing in Jesus is not the same as
believing Jesus.
Trusting in Jesus is not the same as
trusting Jesus.
Which is why
what the Lord asked of Pilate
He asks also of you
and me:
“Do you call Me King,
and Lord,
on your own initiative?
Or because of what others have told you of Me?”



Lagniappe said...

Rich, your post is wonderful. I am hoping to preach or blog upon this with your penetrating question:

“Do you call Me King,and Lord,on your own initiative?

Or because of what others have told you of Me?”

But first, I must look at myself. Attribution will be readily acknowledged.

Richard Maffeo said...

I'm glad you think my message here important enough to use. All for the glory of Jesus.


Barb Schoeneberger said...

Good question. My answer would be both. St. Paul says Faith comes through hearing. I was born and raised Catholic and believed because of that. Then I quit practicing my Faith and walked away from God. Now as a revert, I can say I know Jesus and believe Him because I grow every day in appreciation of seeing Him act in my life. He is a real Person to me.

One thing that helped me a lot was developing a devotion to the Sacred Heart.

Nancy Shuman said...

Wonderful. To know Him is the greatest blessing we could possibly have. Thanks be to God.

Richard Maffeo said...

Barb and Nancy, thanks for your comments. I ask myself questions like this quite often. I think doing so keeps me focused on the things of faith that are most important.

Joann Nelander said...

Others told me, I looked for Him and finally met Him whom I had somehow known from the beginning, coming to me in the stories of saints,the trappings of first communion and the saintly sisters who taught me. The prayers in my little prayer book, however, were always filled with words far beyond my experience.

Richard Maffeo said...

Joann, and such is the walk of faith for many. Thanks for sharing it with us.