Truly, Who Is Jesus Christ To You?
“’But you,’ He asked them, ‘who do you say that I am?’” (Matthew 16:15). There are so many arguments for and against the deity of Jesus Christ. Some go as far as arguing that if His Word is true, why are there so many problems in the world? According to this argument, why would a loving God allow His creation to be battered in such a manner? A lady once gave an apt but epic reply to such foolish questions, when she asked, if the devil or any other deity apart from Jesus Christ is god, why haven’t they fixed the troubles of the world? At least if they had, it would go a long way to disprove the deity of Jesus Christ and prove theirs! This same argument raged when Jesus walked the earth with His disciples. The leaders and teachers of the day wanted Him to prove His deity just as He did in the past with the children of Israel in the wilderness, where He provided manna and other countless signs to prove that He is God Almighty. This same mindset is prevalent today. So many pray along the lines of Jesus Christ proving Himself to them by rescuing them from their predicament; and when He doesn’t, He is not true!
Let us consider the answers of the Disciples when the Lord asked them this question: Some said He is a Teacher (John the Baptist), others said He is a Prophet (Jeremiah), still others said He is a Miracle Worker (Elijah). These answers showed the mindset of the Disciples at that time: “…The things concerning Jesus the Nazarene, who was a Prophet powerful in action and speech…But we were hoping that He was the One who was about to redeem Israel…” (Luke 24:19b and 21a). Beloved, in as much as those three components are part of Who He is, they are just a fraction of who He truly is. When Jesus made the question personal, Peter replied that He is the Christ (Anointed One), the Son of the Living God (He is God) – Matthew 16: 16. This meant, He is everything above and much more. Apostle Paul by the Holy Spirit puts it more clearly: “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation…And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross” (Colossians 1:15, 17 and 19-20). This means He is God and LORD (Owner) of all.
The reason, Beloved, you jump from one place to the other looking for a prophet, a miracle worker or a teacher to speak to the situation you are in is because you are yet to understand that He is ALL IN ALL! You may argue that you do believe. If that is true, then your actions and attitude will be different: “Because if you acknowledge and confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and in your heart believe (adhere to, trust in and rely on the truth) that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9, AMP). Let your actions prove the LORDSHIP of Christ over your life! Why are you running up and down looking for a word that will save you, when the Word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart (that is, if you believe)? It’s not enough to mouth that you know Him as God and LORD, this knowledge of truth is of no power if it is not reflected in our actions and words. But if we believe and walk in it, it will reflect in our character and attitudes: “…Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity” (2Timothy 2:19b). You cannot claim to believe in Him but have attitudes that beggar that belief! In truth, Who Is Jesus Christ to you? May the light of God flood your heart to answer this question correctly for yourself even as we see the DAY approach. God bless you!