And Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi. And on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?
Who Is Jesus to You?
This might seem obvious to you. Jesus is God and Man; but He is also the fulfillment of the prophesied Messiah, Who came to save us from our sins. Peter confessed that Jesus is the Son of God, the Messiah Himself (Matthew 16:15); and only someone who has been given the Holy Spirit can say such a thing and mean it (1 Corinthians 12:3). Jesus said that God the Father and He are one and the same (John 10:30), signifying His deity. Jesus declared that He existed before Abraham did (John 8:58), signifying His eternality. He is declared to also be the Creator God Who made all things (Colossians 1:15-17).
He Is Lord
I once heard an old preacher say that Jesus is Lord of all or He is Lord at all, but what I think he was saying was that He is Lord for the person who has been saved. Jesus is Lord of lords and King of kings to even those who don’t know Christ and who have not yet bent the knee to this God-Man who is coming to judge the world (Revelation 20:12-15). Someday every single knee will bow and acknowledge that Jesus is Lord, including those who are under the earth (now dead) and who are alive at His second coming (Philippians 2:10); and every single tongue of all who have ever lived will confess that Jesus is Lord and God (Romans 14:11).
Who Is Jesus to the World?
Most of the false religions believe and teach that Jesus was a prophet and a good Man but that He isn’t or wasn’t God. But what a person believes doesn’t affect what is true. Mankind used to believe the earth was flat; they believed it because they could see with their own eyes that it looked flat to the naked eye. But today we know that it’s a sphere. The point is that just because they believed the earth was flat didn’t change the reality that it wasn’t. Since Jesus declared His divinity and it was written that He came and lived in the flesh (John 1:14), He was either telling the truth or was lying; and since we know that Jesus was sinless and that God cannot lie (Hebrews 6:18, Numbers 23:19), then He must be Who He claimed Himself to be.
A Closing Prayer
Righteous Father, thank You for offering to us Your sinless Son, the perfect satisfactory sacrifice to atone for my sins, which enabled me to have a personal relationship with You for all eternity. I give You thanks for such a sacrifice for me, an unworthy sinner, and in Christ’s Precious Name I pray.
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