06
Apr
12

WHO AM I?

When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.  Matthew 16:13-16

With our walk and talk, do we proclaim that Jesus Christ is the son of the Living God?

Jesus had done some travelling before the scene we have in these verses.  He went from Magadan on the western coasts of the Sea of Galilee to Caesarea Philippi, a city about 30 miles north of the Sea of Galilee.  During these travels, He’d raised the dead and healed the sick.  Christ had just recently admonished the Pharisees and Sadducees because they could recognize simple signs in the sky, but could not or perhaps would not, recognize the simple prophesies which He was fulfilling.  After Jesus warned the disciples of the doctrine of the Pharisees and Sadducees, He asks a very poignant question of the disciples, His closest followers and students.

Jesus asked the disciples who people were saying He was, to which they responded that people claimed that He was the Baptist or one of the prophets of old.  He then asked the disciples what they believed about Him.  It was at this point that Peter jumped in and made the same proclamation Martha did in John 11:27; “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.”  What an announcement!

Over two thousand years later, the circumstances about Christ’s questions are much the same.  If Jesus were to ask this generation what people believe about Him, some answers that may be given are that many see Him as a great prophet or teacher.  Others may see Him as a path to God or as a good man offering a good philosophy that could be mixed with the teachings of other philosophers.  But the most important question to be asked is what do we as individuals believe about Him?  Most certainly, we Christians would make the same proclamation as did Peter and Martha.

But what about the proclamation that is made with our lives and our actions?  If others were to observe and judge our everyday lives, would the evidence be present to convict us of truly proclaiming Jesus Christ as the Messiah, son of the Almighty God?  Do our actions provide proof of our faith?  James 2:19-26 teaches us that a faith without works is dead.

We do not work to be saved, but we should work because we are saved.  With our walk and talk, do we proclaim that Jesus Christ is the Son of the living God?  If not, perhaps we need to resurrect our dead faith.

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