The world knows very little about Jesus Christ. Hundreds of millions of people have never even heard His Name. Not so different than when Jesus walked with men and women on earth. Those who had heard of Him had different ideas about the true identity of Jesus.
“When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, ‘Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?’ So they said, ‘Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.’ He said to them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’ Simon Peter answered and said, ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.’ Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 16:13-17
People living in Israel 2,000 years ago did not have television, they didn’t have the Internet, they didn’t have radio newscasts, they didn’t have daily newspapers, they didn’t have iPhones, they didn’t text each other, they didn’t have faxes, they didn’t have Twitter or Facebook, blogs or forums. They learned about people and things by hearing it from others or seeing it for themselves. People living during the time of Jesus who knew about Him had either seen Him in person or heard people talking about Him. Who was this Miracle Worker, this Healer of all sickness, this Preacher of righteousness, this troublemaker? Some people thought He was John the Baptist come back from the dead. Some thought He might be Elijah or Jeremiah or another prophet sent from God. People were willing to believe that Jesus was a prophet of God, even one back from the dead, but they didn’t accept that He was the promised Messiah of God. Jesus listened to His disciples’ answers, then posed another question to them — a question we need to ask ourselves, “But who do you say that I am?”
The world is not going to get the answer right. Those who do know about Jesus may be willing to believe that He was a good man, a teacher of good things, even a prophet, but they aren’t willing to believe He is Who He says He is. If they believe Who Jesus says He is, they have to make a life-or-death decision. Will they repent of their sins, trust Christ’s death as payment of the penalty for their sins, and receive Christ as their Lord and Savior? Or continue in their sin until they die and face Jesus as their Heavenly Judge?
Jesus cares very much what His followers believe about Him. “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered Jesus’ questions and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Peter got it! He understood that Jesus was far more than what the world believed about Him. And where did Peter get this amazing insight? “Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.” God revealed the truth about Jesus to Peter and the Lord blessed him.
That’s what God does. He reveals His Truth about His Son to everyone who will listen and follow. We are in agreement with our brother Peter centuries ago. Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God. When people ask us who is this Jesus we love, we tell them Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God. He is more than a great teacher, more than a good man, more than a great leader. He is The Christ, the Son of the Living God!
That is our answer.
In Christ’s Love and Grace,