Matthew 16:13-17 - When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?” 14 They said, “Some say that You are John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
17 Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.
When Jesus came to the region of Ceasarea Philippi, He inquired of His disciples by asking them this question "who does men say that I, the Son of Man, am?
In other words, Jesus was asking "what is the word on the streets as to who I, the Son of Man, am? Who does the people in the community say and believe that I am?
In calling Himself the "Son of Man", Jesus here identifies Himself with humanity. We know that Jesus is 100% God and 100% man, even though He identifies Himself here with humanity.
Having received the answer from His disciples that some believe He was John the Baptist while others say He was Elijah and others say Jeremiah or one of the prophets, Jesus now drives home the question that He is really seeking an answer for by asking His disciples, “Who do you say that I am?” That is the question to be answered!
Who do you say Jesus is?
The questions Jesus asked that day is a question every human being on earth is being asked today.
This is a question we all must come to reality with and we all must give an answer to. Who is Jesus Christ to you? The answer to this question will determine our eternal destination.
Jesus did not ask this question because He did not know the answer, what He really wanted was a confession, a declaration, a final verdict from His disciples as to who He was to them, now having spent over 2 years in ministry with Him. This question was a set up question.
The question to the disciples as to who they say Jesus is was really the question that Jesus was seeking the answer to from the start.
As Christians, our confession of faith in Christ is the reality of our Christianity.
Simon Peter, being the first responder, as he always was made this profound confession to Jesus “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Peter got it right! Jesus is the One, He is the Messiah, the Redeemer of His people.
Jesus replied to Peter with these words from the mouth of God Almighty “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.”
Jesus’ response to Peter was that the source of the information that you just confessed out of your mouth did not come from you Peter as flesh and blood nor your human intellect can reveal that to you. It is only by divine revelation from the Spirit of the Living God in Heaven that you were able to confess what was revealed to you by Him this day.
Who is Jesus Christ to you? The people on the streets made their confession, Simon Peter made His confession by means of the Holy Spriit.
What is your confession on today as to who Jesus is to you?
Jesus is still asking His disciples of today “what is the word out on the streets as to who I, the Son of Man, am?
Jesus is still asking His disciples “Who do you say that I am?”
Who is Jesus to you? Choose to answer or choose not to answer, one day we all will answer according to scripture. Romans 14:11- It is written: "'As surely as I live,' says the Lord, 'every knee will bow before me; every tongue will acknowledge God.'"
Yes, we all will stand before God and confess before Him that He is Lord. Regardless if you are on your way to heaven or hell, You will confess God.
We all will be required to answer the question that many today ignore and refuse to answer as to “Who Jesus Christ is” in their life.
Who is Jesus in your life? Is He sitting on the throne in your life? If not, why? Have you allowed someone or something else to take His seat in your life?
The call today is ‘SUBMISSION” to the will of God for your life and mine.
We all must make a decision to remove self from the throne of our choices and decisions. We must make the decision today while the blood is still running warm in our veins, toallow Christ and His agenda for our lives to be first in our lives.
As Jesus said to the Father in the Garden of Gethsemane that day, God is listening to hear the same words from you and I this days. “Father, not my will, but thy will be done in my life”.
Who is Jesus Christ to you? This question sends forth an invitation to receive Christ on today. I pray that you do not let this opportunity pass you by.
One day, Jesus will look face to face with each one of us individually and ask us “who do you say I am”? How will you answer?
Yes, you will confess because scripture declares that you will when you transition from earth to eternity, but it will be too late to determine your final destination because your decision here on earth will have already been made as to where you choose to spend eternity.
Scripture also declares that no man knows the day nor the hour when Christ will return, but one thing for sure “HE WILL RETURN”
Jesus is coming back! Are you ready?
Have you made your confession of faith in Him yet?
I can only hope and pray that you make your confession before it is too late for you on this side. Your confession of faith on this side will determine if you live in heaven with God or in hell apart from God in eternity.
Who do you say Jesus is? This is the most important question you will ever have to answer in life.
God bless and do tell the Lord thank you for yet another opportunity to get it right with Him.