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Avoiding the Familiarity Trap

The familiarity trap? Yes! You're familiar with it (see what happened there?). Allow me to explain. We all run the risk of being so familiar with something that we don't even realize when we have it wrong. This happens in all areas of our lives, but especially in our walk with God. We have so many voices speaking to us in regards of what the Bible says and how we should believe that before we know it, our beliefs are shaped by what people said the Bible says rather than what the Bible actually says.

Avoiding the Familiarity TrapThe disciples ran into this very same issue. It's under the surface all throughout Jesus' ministry and it's easy to not see it at all. But when you do see it, many things within the Gospels (books of the Bible - Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) will begin to make sense.

Picture This

18 Now it happened that as he was praying alone, the disciples were with him. And he asked them, “Who do the crowds say that I am?” 19 And they answered, “John the Baptist. But others say, Elijah, and others, that one of the prophets of old has risen.” 20 Then he said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” And Peter answered, “The Christ of God.” (Luke 9:18-20)

This is a pretty big deal of a question. Who am I? And Peter gets it right! At least how we understand the term, "Christ of God," you know, the Savior, the One who was going to come, the promise of Abraham, etc...

Problem is... from what we know about first-century Jews is that they had a different idea as to the nature of the "Christ of God." 

Here's their setting: Under Roman oppression and Roman rule. They are paying taxes to a foreign government. God's nation... paying taxes to a foreign nation. Not cool. They dreamt of a Christ figure who would come and save them - not eternally, but presently. They anticipated that God was going to deliver them from Roman oppression and Roman rule through a "Christ." What does "Christ" mean? Anointed one. Someone special. So what did they think? They thought the "Christ" would be a King - like David (after all, he was anointed... as king).

So Peter got it right, but only halfway right. 

He had fallen into the trap of familiarity!

He so thought he had it figured out that he wasn't questioning his usage and view on the nature of the term "Christ" that when it came time to identify Jesus correctly, He only got it halfway right. 

Brace Yourself!

So instead of falling into the same trap as Peter - the trap of familiarity - let's approach Jesus anew today. Brace yourself: He could be greater than you thought and He could be saying something to you that you've never considered before!

Don't miss out as we continue this brand new series that we kicked off on Mother's Day called, Brace Yourself. We're going to see another strong statement from our Savior who is much more than an earthly king. He is the King of kings!

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