“Who do you say that I am” is a simple question that Jesus Himself asked His disciples. This question is recorded in both Matthew 16:15 and in Mark 8:29. But why did Jesus ask this question, and why is this question so relevant today?
Today it seems, more so than ever, people are afraid to use the name of Jesus. Some don’t use His name because they’re afraid of what people may think, say, or do. Others may shy away because they simply don’t have a good answer for the question above.
Recently, I was preparing for a campaign that you will hear all about this fall. The campaign is one that will pose this very question to lost people all over the world. But it didn’t start that way. You see, early on I was considering posing the question “Who is God to you”, which is the exact question that we use in The 5K Challenge material. The question “Who is God to you” is fine in the context of a Run for God class. Most classes are taught in the church and most people in attendance, while possibly not saved, at least have an understanding that Jesus was the Son of God, and in fact is God in human form.
But what about the general public? What about those people who have never been exposed to the Gospel at all? The Lord began to change my thinking about the central question I was asking. While “God” means only one thing to Christians and people who have been raised in a Christian setting, it can mean many different things to people all over the world who have never accepted Christ as their Savior. The name Jesus however cannot be mistaken for anything other than the Christian faith.
The name of Jesus does make many people uncomfortable. Why? Because His name reveals “Absolute Truth”. These days it seems that anything “absolute” is under attack. Just the other day I was reading some material that was discussing the subject of gender. The material said, and I quote, “Gender is NOT either/or. In many cases, it’s both/and”. The Absolute Truth is clearly defined in God’s word, but that makes some uncomfortable and stating the Absolute Truth in this case will cause you to be hated by many.
Jesus came and lived on this earth for 33 years. He came to be the example for how we are to live our lives, and He died a horrific death and was raised from the dead three days later so that we could spend eternity with Him in Heaven. The name of Jesus is Absolute Truth. The answer to the question “Who do YOU say that I AM” will determine where you spend eternity. The answer to that question is either/or not both/and. Either you acknowledge Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior or you don’t.
Today, speak Absolute Truth! Jesus said in Matthew 5:11, “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.” He says it again in verse 10 as well as in verse 44. Yes, many will persecute us, but we are called to share Jesus as an either/or option not both/and.
God Bless! Mitchell
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” – John 14:6