Who is Jesus?


Jesus asked, ‘who do the crowds say I am?’ The answers reflected the power of Jesus’ teaching and miracles.  Many people accept Jesus as a good teacher – nothing more.  Peter, however, answered with a game changer that Jesus said was revealed to him from heaven.

18 Once when Jesus was praying in private and his disciples were with him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say I am?”

19 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, that one of the prophets of long ago has come back to life.”

20 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”

Peter answered, “God’s Messiah.”
Luke 9:18-20

The identity of Jesus was always a topic of discussion.  In his own day, the scuttle was that Jesus was really the prophet John who had been killed.  Others said he was the prophet Elijah or another prophet, brought back to life.  His teaching and power was not of this world, which led the crowds to invent stories to explain Jesus.

Some people are still trying to explain him.  In my life, the good teacher explanation has been most common.  I accept Jesus and his teachings, yet I do not believe he was God… Ever hear that?  He was a good teacher.  Nothing more, nothing less.

When people encounter Jesus, his teachings, and the story of his life, the question of his identity is inescapable.  We have to answer in our minds, who is this?  Jesus asked his own followers this question, and Peter was the first to answer. “God’s Messiah.”

God’s Messiah.  The Christ.

In Matthew’s account, Jesus tells Peter that it is God who revealed this truth to Peter.  This heavenly truth was revealed to Peter from heaven.  Not from earth.  This is not a worldly idea.  The worldly ideas try to explain Jesus away in some manner so as to take away the power of his true identity.

God’s Messiah. The Christ.

Have you been wondering about Jesus and who he is?  Keep digging into his life story in the Bible and go further by praying that God will reveal truth to you.  I think we all should ask God to reveal the truth of heaven to us on earth.

I desire to understand my life and my world through the lens of heaven.  The encouragement of the Bible is to set our minds on things above, not on earthly things (Colossians 3:2) and to fix our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith (Hebrews 12:1-2).

Amen.

Marc Kinna

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