Over the last couple of weeks I have constantly heard this question repeating itself within my spirit… Henrico, who am I to you? The question was challenging and yet felt so personnel to me. The Holy Spirit took me to the story in Matthew 16 where Jesus asks the same question to His disciples.
Matthew 16:13-18 (NIV)
. 13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”
14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”
16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
17 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. 18 And I tell you that you are Peter,[a] and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades[b] will not overcome it.
Peter gets two very important revelations here.
That Jesus is Christ. Christ meaning that He is the anointed one. In ancient Israel, when someone was given a position of authority, oil was poured on his head to signify his being set apart for God’s service, chosen for a specific task. Jesus was the chosen one who was sent to be a light to this dark world.
That Jesus was the Messiah. Messiah meaning saviour and deliverer. Our saviour sent to this earth to deliver us from our sins.
Jesus replied to his revelation and said that on that revelation He will build his church.
I asked God to make this revelation fresh in my heart again. I had the desire to truly see Jesus as this man who gave it all for me. It became personal to me once again, it reminded me why I gave my heart to Jesus in the first place. It reminded me what I live for and Whom I worship when I sing a song or even just when I breath in and out.
I can just imagine after Peter received this revelation from heaven how his perspective changed about who Jesus was. I believe that from that day on he looked at Jesus in a complete different way because of the simple yet powerful revelation that this man that He is spending every day with is God sent for a specific purpose, to save and redeem.
Understand that the cross was a personal thing and that Jesus died for you reading this today. He had you in His sight when he hung on the cross.
For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
He died to have a personal, living relationship with you. He did not die to have a relationship with you through someone else like your pastor, worship leader, husband, wife or friend. Yes off coarse he places people in our lives that reveal more of who God is and that is how he designed it to be and there is nothing wrong with that, He designed community and He knows how powerful and uplifting it is to the body of Christ, but it becomes unhealthy when we run more to those people than we do to Jesus.
In the times that we live in as the church of Christ we are faced with many challenges and one is that a big part of the church still think that Jesus is just a concept and that He is not completely real, that it’s not so easy just to approach Him, that there are only certain called ones that can have that kind of intimate relationship with Him. This generation is so confused about who they are and the simple reason is because they do not know Jesus. Once you have found Jesus you have found your true self.
If we have not truly encountered Jesus personally we are opening our hearts to all kinds of deceitful lies. The word of God says that He is the way, TRUTH and the life. So, if you know Jesus you know the way, you know the truth and you have life and life in abundance.
Matthew 24:24 (NIV)
24 For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.
Who is Jesus to you?
This is my question to you today: Who do you say Jesus is? Jesus is asking you the question today: Who do you say I am? If that conviction is anchored within you no one or nothing in this world will ever take that from you, the enemy can try and mislead you, lie to you, steal from you but he will never take away the greatest treasure and that is Jesus Christ.
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
Through my journey I had to come to the realisation that I can go to His word by myself, that I can spend time with Him alone, that I can speak directly to Him. I had to train myself to be aware of His presence where ever I am and to realise that He truly is Emmanuel God with me always!
David had one desire.
The one thing I ask of the LORD–the thing I seek most–is to live in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, delighting in the LORD’s perfections and meditating in his Temple.
May this be our one desire to delight in our Lord’s perfections and meditate in His temple about who He is. .