Thursday, April 29, 2010

Who do YOU say I am?

This is the question that Jesus is asking every Christian. Who do YOU say I am? Check out this verse of scripture

Matthew 16:13-19 (Amplified Bible)

13Now when Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, Who do people say that the Son of Man is?
    14And they answered, Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.
    15He said to them, But who do you [yourselves] say that I am?
    16Simon Peter replied, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.
    17Then Jesus answered him, Blessed (happy, fortunate, and to be envied) are you, Simon Bar-Jonah. For flesh and blood [men] have not revealed this to you, but My Father Who is in heaven.
    18And I tell you, you are Peter [Greek, Petros--a large piece of rock], and on this rock [Greek, petra--a huge rock like Gibraltar] I will build My church, and the gates of Hades (the powers of the infernal region) shall not overpower it [or be strong to its detriment or hold out against it].
    19I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind (declare to be improper and unlawful) on earth must be what is already bound in heaven; and whatever you loose (declare lawful) on earth must be what is already loosed in heaven.

(Source: Bible Gateway)

Now, I want you to clearly examine this scripture. The disciples of Jesus had been with Him for a while and He threw a question at them. The first time He asks, who do people say I am. We can see from their answers that people actually had a very distorted view of who Jesus was. He had healed them, raised their dead even fed them but still they were clueless. They did not know who he was. 

Then he asks again, who do you say I am? Now, He wants to know who His disciples think He is and Simon Peter answers, You are the Christ, Son of the Living God. I am not really tripped by what Peter says but it is what Jesus says that made me go crazy. Jesus says flesh and blood (men) did not reveal this to you but My Father in Heaven. 

Now the question is Who do You say He is? I am not asking for your mother's opinion or for your pastor's opinion but who do you say Jesus is? Most of us wonder why things don't work for us. We go the whole nine yards, pay our tithes, holler the right Christian words, we pray, we fast, we speak in diverse tongues but our lives still seem static. Truth is, if you don't have a personal encounter with the Savior, if Jesus has not revealed himself to you personally, you cannot know Him. It is the simple truth. It is on this personal revelation that Jesus Christ will build His church... so the church Jesus is coming for is a church that has had a personal revelation with Him. That is why on that day, people will say, we did this or we did that in your name... and He will go... "I don't know you"... We need a personal revelation... because with that we get the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven...

And I know you want that.

#nowreading- The Slumber of Christianity by Ted Dekker (Review coming soon)



Jaycee said...

Wow. Not someone else's revelaton, but our very own. And it will not be flesh and blood that will reveal this knowledge to us. (and after the revelation comes the choice btw persecution & mediocrity, like it was said in my last two posts).

This is really deep. Really deep. Thanks for telling me to read this Harry.

Harry-Rami Itie said...

No problem Jaycee...Glad you like it