The Jesus Question

When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”  “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”  (Matthew 16:13-15)

This is the ‘Jesus Question’.

Jesus asks all of us to answer this question. What is your answer?

Go to the Videos here  ==>>  Decision Point – Session 3.
 
We highly encourage parents and sponsors to watch them as well. Or, if you prefer, you can read the lessons in their entirety by clicking here
 

Opening Prayer:

 Lord, catch me off guard today. Surprise me with some moment of beauty or pain. So that at least for the moment I may be startled into seeing that you are here in all your splendor, always and everywhere, barely hidden, beneath, beyond, within this life I breathe. Amen. 
– Frederick Buechner
 
 

3.1. Who is Jesus?  WB62 (View Video 3.1)

First, Jesus walked the earth. This fact is indisputable. How can we be sure?
  • The secular historians of Jesus’ time wrote about him.
  • Other religions acknowledge He exists.

On a surface level, we know that Jesus was:

  • A Galilean
  • A Jew
  • A Carpenter
  • Preacher
  • Miracle Worker
  • Son of God
  • King of Kings
  • The Christ
  • The Savior
  • The Messiah

But of these different titles, which of them did He CLAIM?

MESSIAH. 

That’s a bold claim. He either must be, or a liar or lunatic, as C.S. Lewis claims.

  1. How did this session change the way you see Jesus?
  2. How did Jesus Change the world?
  3. The Jesus Question is, “Who do you say that I am?” (Mark 8:29)  If Jesus came to your house to visit today and asked you this question, what would your answer be?

3.2. The Problem and the Solution  WB64-67 (view video 3.2)

Matthew Kelly asks the question, “How did the world get to be a mess?” His answer is simple:

SIN (i.e. turn our backs on God)

Kelly explains how sin is the disease and it makes us unhappy. This is a big problem, but God gave a solution to our affliction and the state of the world’s messiness:

Jesus is the solution. Not just of the world’s messiness, but if we are honest, we recognize our own messiness and need for the One who can fix it: Jesus.

  1. 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?
  2. How did the world get to be such a mess?
  3. What is sin? How does it affect you?

3.3.  Jesus was a Radical  WB70-73 (view video 3.3)

If we really take time and reflect on Jesus’ life and teachings we can see that he was – in actuality – a Radical. 
 
One example of Jesus as a radical is, how He teaches us to love. The world portrays love as a selfish thing, there for our own pleasure and satisfaction. Jesus, on the other hand, presents love as AGAPE, a selfless, sacrificial, unconditional love.
 
Are you able to love radically, like Jesus? 
  1. Who do you know who take the teachings of Jesus seriously, allowing those lessons to direct the way they live their lives?
  2. How do the teachings of Jesus challenge you to radically change your life?
  3. What is agape love? How is it different from the way the movies, music and media portray love?

3.4. Second Chances  WB76-78  (view video 3.4)

In section 3.2, we recognized that part of the problem today is man’s tendency toward sin and that Jesus is the answer. Sometimes when we sin, we fail to see how God can forgive us. It may not seem possible, but it is. Our Faith tells us again and again of God’s mercy. 
 
One of the greatest signs of God’s mercy is the Sacrament of Reconciliation (confession), where we come before God in our messiness (sinfulness), and acknowledge our sin and God’s capacity to forgive and heal us. This very act of being forgiven is grace. 
  1. Grace is the help God gives us to respond to His call and to do what is good and right. In what part of your life do you need God’s grace most today?
  2. How do you imagine you would be different if you went to reconciliation once a month?
  3. We all need to be forgiven by God and others, and we all have people we need to forgive. In the Our Father we pray, “forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” Whom is God calling you to forgive today?

3.5. DECISION POINT WB80-81 (see video 3.5)

Jesus simply says two words, “Follow Me.”

How do you respond to His invitation?

Let us ask God for the grace to be like the Apostle Matthew the tax collector, who simply “got up and followed him.” (Matthew 9:9).

  1. Ho do the teachings of Jesus challenge you to radically change your life?
  2. What is agape love? How is it different from the way movies, music and the media portray love?

SONG FOR WORSHIP

Have you ever imagined what it will be like to stand in the presence of God? Yet, we have the opportunity to do so every day – in the presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.  God is truly present there. Come, and worship, poor out your heart to Him. He waits for you.

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