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Summary: This week, the text invites us to go back to where we started. Back to understanding that Jesus taught about Africans and was African and calls Disciples to understand their Identity. Do you remember when you first heard this amazing, good news, heard it in a way that changed your life?

Luke 5:1-3 The Message Push Out into Deep Water

5 1-3 Once when he was standing on the shore of Lake Gennesaret, the crowd was pushing in on him to better hear the Word of God. He noticed two boats tied up. The fishermen had just left them and were out scrubbing their nets. He climbed into the boat that was Simon’s and asked him to put out a little from the shore. Sitting there, using the boat for a pulpit, he taught the crowd.

Intro: This week, the text invites us to go back to where we started. We can reclaim our initial acceptance of the faith when we first said yes to Jesus or first said it in public in the presence of the loving and supportive church family. Do you remember when you first heard this amazing, good news, heard it in a way that changed your life? Do you remember when you realized the word of God was meant for you? Hold on to that moment.

Primary Text: Why is Jesus important to you? Being a fourth-Generation school teacher, what makes Jesus so powerful to me is that he was a teacher.

That is evident in this text, and I would like to elevate that fact as I ask the Larger question: Where does Black history start. This week, I was on social media, and Bakari Sellers posted a message that said Black History started before Slavery.

What does that mean? It Means that If Jesus taught his disciples and;

• if what he taught them was about their history and heritage,

• and that If Jesus taught about Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob,

• and If Jesus taught them about Mosses and Marian and Cain and Able or even Adam and Eve,

• Then Jesus taught Black History an African History that was older and more powerful the American Chattel Slavery.

The question of who Christ is is one of the most important and challenging questions that must be answered.

The answer must be given by people according to their knowledge of Jesus Christ.

The answer to who Jesus Christ is, is not a clear-cut answer because everyone gives his or her answer according to his or her experience of Jesus Christ.

# 1 Jesus Christ has many names: Who Is Jesus?

At the time of Jesus' life on earth, there was also a struggle with the question of who Jesus was. He himself even asked this question 'Who do people say I am?' (Mt 16:13–20; Lk 9:18–21; Mk 8:27–30). People gave answers according to their different knowledge and beliefs about him.

They had different needs and expectations about him. That is why they gave answers that catered to their needs and expectations of that time. Some called him John the Baptist, Elijah, Prophet, and Christ. All of these names carried some expectation of specific actions from Jesus Christ by the people. The people had the privilege of knowing about this man through his works and teachings. Their knowledge and context allowed them to give such answers or names, and even though they were not really sure if they were right or wrong, they continued in their process of naming him.

All those names were not alien to their culture and religion. That is why they were able to come to the conclusion that this is who Jesus was because they had long expected this revelation.

The question of who Jesus Christ is is still very problematic for Christians today. The context and the belief are very different from each other, but the problem is the same and still needs an answer.

That is why Jesus Christ is known to some of the Black Christians only as Son of God, Lord, Savior, Holy God, and even Anointed One. These are some of the names used by Christians when they refer or call to Jesus Christ because someone said there are no other names that one can use when calling to Jesus Christ except these names that are in their understanding of the Bible.

Note What we need to realize is this is what we were taught that this is how you call Jesus Christ and nothing else. 'All of these names are used when calling Jesus Christ because one cannot use other names than those revealed to European Christians by the Word of God.

We also had some expectations from Jesus Christ because of what we were taught about Him by the American/ European missionaries who brought the Gospel to us, the African people, The AUSA Tribe, or Africans in The United States. 'We only know God as the only Savior and Lord from the Old Tradition, But I wonder Church if we had been raised in Africa how would we refer to Jesus.

Some of the African Christians interviewed understand Jesus Christ differently. They know him as the Great Ancestor, powerful Leader or Chief and Healer. These African Christians believe in naming him differently according to the way they know him and were taught about him from the Bible and through education by their parents. It is not difficult to call him Great Ancestor, powerful Leader, and Healer because their culture and belief help them to accept him in this way. This is how he has revealed himself to them. This is who he is to them.

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