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But Whom Do You Say I Am?

Most certainly, this is one question whose answer shall determine the destiny of every individual.

Let me indicate here that it’s very important to Jesus Christ that His true identity be (clearly) known in your heart. That’s why He can pause and ask, “Whom do you say I am?” Yes, we’ve heard from people’s declarations and we’ve read in books, but for once, let’s narrow down to ‘the first person perspective’.

To get the picture of what I’m saying, let’s examine these incidents:

 

1. But there standeth one among you, whom ye know not

 

It’s the beginning of the ministry of John the Baptist. And here was a big multitude listening to him. What strikes me most is how John holds an upper understanding of who the Christ was. 

In the context, it was probable that Jesus was not among them since he appeared the following day, and, even if he was present, it could be hard for John to spot him. The general feeling is John already had a sense of omnipresence of God. The question is, who taught John so?

 

 

2. My Lord and my God

The famous doubting Thomas demanded that, more to seeing the nail print, he had to put his finger into the prints, and thrust his hand into Jesus’ side, to believe that he’d risen (John 20:25)

Upon believing, Thomas’ exclamation was: My Lord and My God! (John 20:28). Up to this point, Jesus had not yet been revealed as God, or expressively referred to as God. All that was clear was Jesus is the messiah, the son of God. Again, the question is, how did Thomas know Jesus is God?

 

3. Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God

This answer, I tend to believe, surprised Jesus himself and it forms the backbone to this article.
Here, when Jesus asked his disciples who do people say he was, numerous answers came forth. Minutes later, all that could be heard was the waters of the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, as Jesus asked his closest long-term friends the most mind-torturing question: But whom say ye that I am? (Matthew 16:15)

I picture John looking at Andrew clueless, James scratching his head with Mathew looking very thoughtful.

Then Peter opens his mouth to declare a revelation, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Jesus had not told anyone that He was the Son of God, and no one knew it but Himself. Again, the Jews expected to know the messiah by his external splendor, but Jesus came in humility and lowliness, and this created a great puzzle to many. 

Jesus knowing that peter had not known this from what he learnt of Jesus by physical means, He recommends Peter, “…flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 16:17)


 

But Whom Do You Say I Am?

The best way to do this, is putting yourself in Peter’s shoes. Do away with your knowledge ‘about’ Jesus an ask yourself, “Do I really know who Christ is?”

Friend, unless you have a personal one-on-one encounter with Jesus, you may never appreciate his persona. And, perhaps, what we need to know here is how can you come to confidently acknowledge that you know Jesus. Bellow I highlight guidelines to knowing Jesus.

i)    Get fueled: Yearn and desire

Everything boils down to desire. All great projects and accomplishments merely started as a desire. Mixed with faith and purpose, desire is a great tool. It’s true with knowing Christ. Sincerely yearn to know who this Jesus is.

ii)    True impact costs

Oh yes! Your best friend is one you often spend time, and money on. No true friendship survives without sacrifice. I wanted you create a yearning and desire to know so you can be willing to dedicate time and resources to know this mystery.

iii)    Here’s your teacher: The Spirit

There could not be anything more important in the times of Adam and Moses than God Himself coming and talking to them. There couldn’t be a more great fact in the days of Peter an James than Jesus walking and eating with them. Then, there can never be a more important fact than the presence of God the Spirit in our times. You need Him, the Spirit. Why?

It’s God who reveals Jesus to us. And it’s through the Spirit that God teaches us His ways, For the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? Even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Ask God to feel to fill you with his spirit. No man can do this, only God.

Conclusion

As I conclude, allow me to mention again that it’s very important to Jesus Christ that His true identity be (clearly) known in your heart. Jesus had stayed with His disciple for several months, yet they didn’t know him.

Thus, how much we’ve heard about him and for how long we’ve witnessed great miracles may not save us, at times. You can chose to gauge another gear and purpose to know your savior today.

Another point worth a mention is that no human being can claim to have known Jesus fully. We are all at different levels, but we can’t exhaust Him. The more we know Him, the more we realize how much we need to know and the more we desire of Him to fill us. Just yearn; God has mysterious way of filling empty, desirous hearts.