I had the opportunity to listen to a sermon from Pastor Gary Zacharias, of Terrace Shores Evangelical Free Church, that really got me thinking about a question that Jesus posed to the disciples.
Jesus and his disciples left Galilee and went up to the villages of Caesarea Philippi. As they were walking along, he asked them, “Who do people say I am?”
“Well,” they replied, “some say John the Baptist, some say Elijah, and others say you are one of the other prophets.”
Then Jesus asked, “Who do you say I am?”
Who is Jesus to me? What does Jesus really mean to me?
That question has really caused me to look at my heart and see where my own commitment to Jesus is at. The quick answer is that Jesus is the Son of God, the one who came down to earth to teach us how to live and save us from our sins by becoming our sacrifice before God.
But Jesus is so much more than that. I do not intend to give a complete picture of who Jesus is in this article, but a glimpse of what I see as important aspects of who Jesus is that I believe are true.
Jesus is the way
Jesus is the bridge between our sinful humanness and God’s Perfect Justice. Without Christ, there would be no hope for us ever being able to approach our Heavenly Father. God demands a payment for the wrong things we do. The only acceptable payment for God is death. Jesus lived a sinless life here on Earth with the intention of becoming our Substitute Sufferer and satisfying that payment that God demands before entering His presence. He “tore the curtain” (Matthew 27:51) that separated us from the presence of God and now through Christ we can approach the throne and worship Him and present our requests.
Jesus is the truth
Jesus is our example. He puts flesh on God’s truth. For those who desire to know truth and to live it out in our lives, there is no better life to explore. Jesus not only taught us through His lessons, but also showed us in His interactions with people throughout His life and ministry. Finally he has provided a guide to help us continue to learn that truth through the revelation of the Holy Spirit, that lives in us even today(1 Corinthians 6:19).
Jesus is Life
Jesus provided for us a better way to live in order to be a more effective tool in God’s toolbox for reaching the lost, healing the broken, and growing the faithful. Jesus lives now and desires to have a relationship with you. This whole Jesus thing is not just something that happen in the past, but it continues on today and will for eternity. Jesus is alive and wants to interact with you daily. Recently I read a devotional from J.Oswald Sanders, a respected Bible teacher and writer, that explained the idea of being “In Christ” to a fish being in the sea. I began to think about that. To a fish, the water is life. Everything the fish needs to survive is in the water – Food, Breathe, Community (with other fish). If the fish leaves the water it dies. What a cool analogy to our life in Christ. Everything we need we can find in relationship with Christ and if we leave our relationship with Christ we begin to die (move away from God).
I know there is a whole lot more to Jesus than what I have written here. But this is a glimse into where my heart is in relation to the question pastor Gary asked. I pray that this is not just my “head” answer but that in the depth of my heart this is what I believe as well.No tags for this post.