“When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” – Matthew 16: 13-16
Imagine, Jesus is sitting with His disciples when He asks a question, “what are people saying about Me?” A lot, it turns out. Some said Jesus was really John the Baptist, while others argued that He was just one of the many other famous prophets. Jesus looks around the room. “But, what about you? Who do you say I am?”
As a full-time pastor, our leadership team would share how they came to know Christ personally. Each one answered the same question Christ asked the disciples: “Who do you say I am?” Time and time again, in reflecting on and sharing their faith journey, strong men would tear up. It was the overwhelming and inexpressible joy of remembering that God saved me. As much as they wanted to run from God, do things their own way – God saved them.
Many have glimpsed part of the picture in regard to what Jesus did – preaching, performing miracles, only to ultimately die on the cross for our sins and rise from the dead three days later. But, what does that mean to us personally? It means being made right with God. It means freedom from trying to be good enough in God’s eyes. It means a life transformed. Jesus transforms us into new creations, ones not burdened by our past, our failures, and our regrets. He transforms us from sinner to saint—not by anything that we do, but by what Jesus has done on the cross.
Now, you might think this is an odd topic for the end of the year, but it is actually the most important topic of our lives. We’re getting ready to start a brand new year. Are you confident you have accepted in faith the full picture of the person of Jesus Christ? Or are you still listening to the rumors of culture?
Why not begin 2021 by reading through the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John and get to know the full picture of Jesus Christ. Because one day, we will all be asked the same question: “And what about you? Who do you say I am?” I hope your answer is like the disciple Peter who said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.”