WHO DO YOU SAY I AM?
Thursday, June 15, 2017
  Nehemiah 1-3 | Acts 2:1-21

“‘But what about you?’ He asked. ‘Who do you say I am?’” —Matthew 16:15

Who is Jesus Christ? In Christianity, this is the most fundamental question we can ask, yet the answer is not simple because there is no parallel to Jesus Christ anywhere in history. There was a time perhaps when we could assume most people knew what Christians believed about Christ, but in a predominately secular world and with a myriad of religions to choose from, many folks today have very little knowledge of Jesus.

If we do not understand who Jesus is we will get everything else about the Christian life wrong. We recognize who Jesus is not by persuasive debate or having it engrained in us, but solely by revelation of the Holy Spirit sent from God. Jesus asked His disciples “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by My Father in heaven” (Matthew 16:16-17). We are utterly and completely dependent upon the Spirit of God revealing Christ to us.

Everything we read about Jesus in His life on earth was the record of a man, but a man obedient to His heavenly Father and totally dependent upon Him. Jesus Christ was not only the truth about God revealed in the flesh, but He exemplified the truth about how we are to live.?He laid aside all the attributes of divinity that were His and humbled Himself in the form of a servant, living day by day as though He was nothing more than a man while never being less than God.

Jesus Christ had to become who He was so that He could do what God sent Him to do. Born of the Virgin Mary, He did not inherit a sinful nature, and though tempted in every way we are, He did not sin. He was the Lamb without blemish, the only living being who could meet the criteria as our substitute to take upon Himself the sin of the world.

“Who do you say I am?” Jesus asked. “The Messiah, the Son of the living God.” We may read those words countless times and hear it said a thousand more times, but believing it is entirely the work of the Holy Spirit in us. If we do not yet believe, God says, “You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13). That is an absolute promise of God, and the first one He longs to fulfil for every single person.

PRAYER: Dear Father, thank You with all my heart not only for Jesus who died in my stead, but for His life that lives and works in me. And thank You, God, for the Holy Spirit who has revealed this to me.


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