We are pulled in different directions — by the times we live in, the media, political parties, charismatic leaders, and the need to survive economically. Everyone and everything competes for our attention in hopes we’ll follow, give them our money, our vote and our loyalty. This problem is not new to our time. It is historic. The real question is whom we follow, and have they made our life better or more confusing? Jesus is asking the disciples this very question, hidden in the text, “Who do people say I am?” He is asking them to make a commitment, if they believe in who he is and to follow HIM. In this question he reveals that HE will be the cornerstone of the church. Nations and organizations have come and gone, but the church has prevailed. Isn’t this just a little odd?

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