CBD (Matthew 16:13-16)

Mention CBD today and the most common reply is, “Oh! Do you like it?”


CBD is an acronym for cannabidiol, one of the non-psychoactive ingredients in cannabis, derived from the hemp plant. It is the current panacea for everything that can possibly afflict you, including depression, chronic pain, acne, and a weakened immune system. One wonders why this country and others have waited so long to legalize it.


Numerous internet websites have emerged selling the product in an expansive variety of permutations such as food additives, pills, and beverages. As people search for websites that can provide these products, many stumbled upon the website (www.cbd.com). Ironically, this is not a website that sells CBD products but a Christian bookstore. When the CBD craze ignited, their company and website were inundated with calls from customers believing that they had either placed an order for cannabis products or were desirous to do so. In response to the incessant requests, the company changed its name from CBD to Christian Books.com.


It is a classic case of mistaken identity. 


Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

Matthew 16:13-16 (ESV)


Why do people search for God? Some search for inner peace, others for the meaning for life, and still others search to find some cosmic forgiveness for a heinous act they have committed. If one is truly searching for God, it will only be a matter of time before one considers the claims of Jesus Christ and Christianity.


Jesus Christ is a great teacher and prophet. Even some of the people living in Jesus’ day thought this of Him. Yes, He was this but much more. Jesus Christ is God. He proved it by living a sinless life, completely obedient to God, His Father. He died on the Cross and was resurrected three days later, as He prophesied. He proved that He is God and that all who confess and repent of their sins and accept Him as their Lord and Savior will gain salvation and eternal life. 


Mistaken identity. 


In our search for God, we may mistake Jesus Christ for someone else, but Jesus Christ never left that option open to anyone who truly investigates the claims that He made for Himself. 


Jesus Christ is God.


Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.


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