Jesus Is: Week 1 - "The Mother of all Questions"
Father God, thank you for sending Jesus. Help us each, and every day to affirm that Jesus is the Messiah.
Read: Matthew 16:16
“Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
In this passage, Peter answers the mother of all questions. The question, asked by Jesus, was, “Who do you say I am?”. Peter through the help of God the father answered the question correctly. Others were saying that Jesus was John the Baptist, Elijah, Jeremiah or some other prophet. In today’s society, like Peter’s, there are various answers to that question. Answers range anywhere from Jesus being a good moral teacher to a full recognition of Jesus’ deity and the promised Messiah. Others don’t seem to have given much thought at all to who Jesus was, intentionally or unintentionally. Thankfully, God in his infinite wisdom and grace went to extraordinary lengths to prepare us for his coming. Jesus the Messiah was foretold through the prophets we read about in the Old Testament and his life and miracles were documented in the New Testament. One day all of humanity, like Peter, will be called to give an account for how we answered this question. Fortunately for us, God didn’t leave us on our own to answer the all-important question about who he was.
Though a simple question was asked, “Who do you say I am?”, there really are no shortage of answers available. Perhaps the most fundamental options for answering the question are, “Jesus is the Messiah” or “Jesus was not the Messiah”. A.W. Tozer once said that what we think about when we think about God is the most important thing about us. I think Tozer was on to something in that the way we answer this question 1) determines our eternal destiny and, 2) helps determine how we live our lives. I want to challenge those reading who, like Peter, would affirm that Jesus is the Messiah. What we think about Jesus ought to be more than just a decision of whether or not he was the Messiah. Affirming Jesus as Messiah will determine our destiny but won’t, in of itself, determine our decisions. The more we know about Jesus, the better we align ourselves with who he is and what he is about. For those who have not decided that Jesus is the Messiah, I encourage you to read the Old Testament prophecies about Jesus and the Gospels which describe his life. Allow God to reveal himself to you. The scripture makes clear God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him.
God help me to continue thinking about who Jesus is. Help me to continue aligning myself with his character and mission.