Peter was asked by Jesus Himself, as recorded in the Gospels, "But who do you say I am?" Peter rightly replied, "You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God."
There is power in that question that forces us to examine our beliefs. Jesus wasn't having an identity crisis and neither did He need Peter's confirmation. Jesus walked this earth, secure in Who He is. So secure was He, that He washed His disciples' feet in order to give them an example to follow.
Every day of our lives, we are faced with the unnoticed question, "Who do you say I am?" We are quick to say He is our Savior. What we often fail to do is to contemplate on just what that means to us physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
The Messiah. The Lamb of God. The King of Kings. He is so much; He is everything!
The reality of Him being the Lamb of God is dawning on me more in this period of my life. The monotony of life causes us to take God's sacrifice lightly, as we make other things priorities over Him. We don't see Him (most of us) with our physical eyes, we don't touch Him, we don't hear Him (with our physical ears). Our humanness betrays us because we are "I'll believe it when I see it" kind of people. We say we're not. Then our actions say otherwise.
Who do we say He is? Is he the Bread of life, the Living Water that satisfies our spiritual hunger and thirst? Are we feeding on Him through His word and meditating on it? So often I have found myself wanting more of Him, yet failed to make the time to put Him first when life got busy. Although at times, life gets so busy I skip breakfast and lunch, I wouldn't go long without food. Why, then, would I let my spiritual life suffer by going long without the One who fills it?
Who do we say He is? Is He the complete sacrifice that set in motion the return of God's children into oneness with the Father? It is important for us to grasp the fullness of what our Messiah has accomplished for us at the cross. Perhaps some of us struggle with the idea that we could be so genuinely, deeply loved, that someone, let alone the King of the universe, would find us worthy of such sacrifice. Yes, God loved the world that much. We can choose to let go of any feelings of rejection and/or unworthiness. In Christ, we are accepted, loved, and worthy. Let us find joy in the God of our salvation, never forgetting the magnitude of His sacrifice and the perfect obedience that allowed it to be so. How perfect, how merciful, and loving- our Father and King.
Lastly, who do our actions say He is to us? A weekend service and "spiritual" high, followed by hypocritical behavior the rest of the week? Or do they say we don't know the God we claim to serve? Being honest with ourselves is of great importance for the growth of our faith; not for condemnation, but for progress in the faith.
What You Can Do:
- Commit to making bible study an uncompromising priority in your daily life. Come up with a reading plan or look for one online if you need suggestions. Group study is great, but nothing replaces your alone time with the Lord. Remember to make time to study the Jewish roots of our faith. Pray daily, write in a journal, and memorize Scripture!
- Take time to study the feasts appointed by God for His people to celebrate. Everything points to Christ, as it foreshadows what He would do for us.
- Share your testimony when the opportunity arises.Remember to witness to people about Jesus. In continuing to share the Good News, we bless others and remind ourselves of what He has done for us. Let not pride or embarrassment get in the way of your sharing.
Christ is risen. Christ is King. Christ is absolutely everything. Let us study Him, know Him, represent Him, and abide in His love.
Blessings to all,