I was pleasantly surprised that #WhoIsJesus is trending on Twitter as I write this blog.
Jesus asked a similar question recorded in three of the four gospels, excluding the book of John. He asked His disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” (Mark 8:27). Jesus wasn’t having an identity crisis. I believe He was testing His disciples.
‘They answered, “Some say John the Baptist; others, Elijah; still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets'” (Matthew 16:14). Jesus then narrowed His question to them like a laser pointed at their hearts, “But who do you say that I am?” (Luke 9:20, italics mine).
Peter said, “You are the Messiah. The Son of the Living God!” (Matthew 16:16). Jesus then informed Peter he was blessed, because that nugget of truth he just exclaimed was not revealed to him by man but by His Father in heaven.
We cannot know God unless He reveals Himself. Our ways are not God’s ways, and our thoughts are not God’s thoughts. The only way we can know God is through His revelation to us. He revealed Himself through creation, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and the Scriptures.
After we come to know God, we can know who we are as well. In Matthew 16:18, Jesus declared to Peter, “I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the forces of Hades will not overpower it.” Jesus, the Chief Cornerstone, identified Peter as being the foundation for which the church would be established.
Paul wrote in Ephesians 2:19-22 speaking to the non-Jewish believers, “So then you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with the saints, and members of God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the cornerstone. The whole building, being put together by Him, grows into a holy sanctuary in the Lord. You are also being built together for God’s dwelling in the Spirit.” (italics mine)
My prayer for you is Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 2:14-20, “For this reason I kneel before the Father from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named. I pray that He may grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power in the inner man through His Spirit, and that the Messiah may dwell in your hearts through faith. I pray that you, being rooted and firmly established in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the length and width, height, and depth of God’s love, and to know the Messiah’s love that surpasses knowledge, so you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us- to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”