Who Do You Say That Jesus Is?

Posted: December 11, 2014 in Blog, Pastor's Corner
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“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.” And Jesus answered 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 16:15–17


Who do you say that Jesus is? A defining question for sure. Nonetheless, in the muddied sea of religious ideas this question is asked much differently—‘who is Jesus to you?’ is how it’s asked. Jesus’ reputation is then sullied, as people answer according to their own dictates, redefining Him as everything from a Genie in a bottle, to a therapist who helps us unload excess baggage.

Would the real Jesus please stand up?

Rightly identifying Jesus then, is passed off as an unsolvable mystery where all opinions carry equal weight. However, the numerous different explanations regarding the person of Jesus Christ demonstrates more about humanity than it does about the knowability of Jesus. Therefore asking, ‘who is Jesus to you?’ isn’t the right question. Truly it is dangerous to define Jesus according to subjective whims. In the end Jesus has defined Himself. Who does Jesus say He is? And has the Father in heaven revealed that to you?

Humanity wants to redefine Him. Making Him more acceptable, but a Jesus who is soft and permissive isn’t the real Jesus. Creating a new Jesus who is docile and harmless, one who is fair, but not just; one who is giving, but demands nothing; one who is without wrath, and loves the unrepentant is a damaging lie.

Our concern should not be about how we define Him, but actually knowing the real Jesus. This means accepting Him for who He is, even as knowing Jesus ‘for real’ means turning from who we are and turning to Him. It is being redefined by Him. It is giving up the world, the cares of the world, and the pride of life to be fully satisfied in Him. Coming to Jesus by faith redefines us as we are remade by Him—not the other way around, Jesus cannot be a god of our own making.

So! Who do you say that Jesus is? How you answer defines more than your religious affiliation. It will define your eternity and your joy.

God Bless & Merry Christmas!


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