"When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” (Matthew 16:13-16)
This is the most important question you will ever be asked. It’s a personal question, with eternal implications… “Who is Jesus?”
This is so important because to be almost right about Jesus is to be totally wrong. Why? Because we cannot be saved by good opinions about Jesus. We are not saved because we like Jesus and have a good feeling about him. We are not saved because we like his moral teaching about loving one another. That is not enough.
Who is Jesus:
1. Jesus is God
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:1,2, 14)
2. Jesus is our Savior
"She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21)
3. Jesus is our Lord
“Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:9-11)
Who is Jesus Christ? This is the most important question you will ever be asked. A good man? A great teacher? A revolutionary leader? Or is he the Christ, the Son of the Living God? Who was he? Who is he? Your eternal destiny hangs on your answer. May God open your eyes to see Jesus as the son of God. May you have the courage today to put your faith in him and trust him as the savior of your soul.
Today’s Challenge: Respond to the truth about Jesus. Our response must be confession, repentance, surrender, and worship. And today, ask someone around you if they have made a decision about Jesus.
- Why is the identity of Jesus so important?
- Why does it matter what we believe? Isn't it important to just believe something?
- What does it mean for Jesus to be the "Lord" of your life?
Recommended Resource: Who is this Man: The Unpredictable Impact of the Inescapable Jesus by John Ortberg
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