He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
People were saying a lot of different things about Jesus and who He was, calling Him John the Baptist, Elijah, Jeremiah, or a prophet. Today, as well, people have a lot of ideas about Jesus and who He was and is. Some still say He was simply a prophet or a good person, a teacher of the Jews. Some distort the person of Jesus with lies about who He was and what He did during His time on Earth. Many would drag Jesus down to the level of a mere man.
But in each of our hearts, we all must answer Jesus’ question, “Whom say ye that I am?” Do we recognize Him as our Savior and Lord? Do we accept that about Him and take it personally? Do we know the truth of Jesus? Everyone will be confronted with that question at some point in their lives. Each one must answer for himself. Some will accept; some will deny. Some will seek him; some will turn away. But a decision must be made one way or the other.
If Jesus is not the Son of God to us, we take away His deity. If Jesus is not the Christ to us, we have no hope of salvation. If Jesus is not Redeemer to us, we are lost and on our way to hell, condemned by our sins. If Jesus is not Lord to us, we call someone else master. If Jesus is not King to us, we give allegiance to another less worthy. If Jesus is not our everything, we need to change something in our lives.
It is a choice we all must make, something we have to decide for ourselves. We can listen to what other people say—untruths and false ideas about who Jesus is. Or we can listen to what the Holy Spirit reveals to us, what God says about His Son, who the Bible tells us Jesus is. We first come to know Him as Savior, but then let’s get to know Him. Let’s do more than learn facts about Jesus and seek to know Him personally and intimately. Let’s share with Him as we would with any other friend. Let’s submit to Him and let Him reign in our hearts. Let’s surrender to Him and serve Him unhindered. Let’s proclaim His name and magnify Jesus Christ, the Son of God.