Who am I?
Matthew 16:13 who do men say that I am? (The world)
Matthew 16:15 what does the world say about Me?
Jesus asked His Disciples this question. (Who do men say I am?) And the disciples gave a varied amount of answers
1. Elijah because of the miracles that He performed
2. John the Baptist because of the ministry of His preaching
3. Jeremiah because of the many times He wept for Jerusalem and for others
4. Some other prophet and here is where they were partially right. This was that prophet that Moses had told the children of Israel about
The problem was that the people who surrounded Jesus, including the disciples looked at Jesus through fleshly eyes and they could not understand that this Man of God was the God-Man. The Son of God.
That is what people thought back then and it has not changed much these days. The world still looks at our Lord and Savior through fleshy sinful eyes. Recently two things have surfaced in the national public eye.
One was the gospel of Judas. A gospel that makes Judas look like less than the betrayer that he was. It called to mind the movie that ABC showed not too long ago almost about the same thing. Judas looked like the ringleader behind Jesus and Jesus looked like a whiny, hippie, weakling who had no real power from God.
The other is the Davinci Code. This book is a work of fiction, yet people have taken it and are running with it. It proposes that Jesus did not die on the cross. It also proposes that He married Mary Magdalene and that they moved to France and had a little girl. Need I say more?
The funny thing is that the hype for both of these things was enormous. People could not get enough of them. News reports, talk shows, blogs, numerous DVD’s to answer them, yet no one seemed eager to understand what the word of God had to say. No one in the world seemed to care what the truth was. It seems that the world will use anything they can to get at Jesus and take His true identity away. Here are a few examples of what the world thinks.
The Gnostic hearsay was around at the time John wrote this Gospel and his epistles
The Gnostics said that all physical matter was bad and that only spiritual matter was good
So it gave way to men thinking that sin was ok because man was physical and so if he sinned it was not his fault
Man also thought that if Jesus were really God then He would not have had a physical body. They believed and taught that He didn’t leave footprints and that He just faked eating food, but John tells us otherwise
1Jo 1:1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;
1Jo 1:2 (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)
1Jo 1:3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
1Jo 1:4 and these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.
Another false belief at the time was that the Christ persona only came onto Jesus at His baptism and that it left Him just before His crucifixion, meaning only a man died on the cross and nothing more.
Jesus was fully God and fully man. He is the God man
The Gnostics were wrong and the cultist is wrong. All cults pretty much evolved from Gnosticism
The humanists attack Genesis 1:1. Man does not want to believe in God because if there is a God then man is accountable to Him
If we don’t recognize our Creator. If we don’t recognize we are a created being. If we say that we evolved from the muck. If we say that we came from the animals, then we can do what we want. We can live like the animals because that is where we came from.
He is eternally God
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Whenever it was. He was already there
He is equally God
Peter spoke up and gave Jesus the right answer.
Do we know the right answer?
What do we say about Him in our lives and in our everyday walk?
We either make Jesus look one of four things:
Stupid – Foolish because of our own wrong views and interpretations of what He would do and our own actions in His name
Simple – A stumbling block to those who want more than Jesus
Strange – How can we believe that crazy Christian stuff?
Savior – He is the Messiah – He is the Son of God
We won’t find Jesus in religion
We won’t find Him in church membership
We won’t find Him in ordinances or traditions
We won’t find Him in lists or do’s and don’ts
We won’t find Him in water baptism
We won’t find Him in the sinner’s prayer
There is only one way to find Jesus. Through true repentence to Jesus Christ
Not through reciting a prayer or feeling bad but through the indwelling of the Spirit of God. A change in the heart!!
Who is Jesus to you????