Thursday, December 18, 2014

Who is Jesus to you?

In Matthew 16 the Lord Jesus took His disciples to the Gentile territory in the region of Caesarea Philippi. They were about 120 miles from Jerusalem in the northern part of Palestine. This region was strongly identified with various religions: It has been a center for Baal worship; the Greek god Pan had shrines there; and Herod the Great had built a temple to honor Augustus Caesar. It was in the midst of all this religion that the Lord Jesus asked His disciple, “Who do men say that I, the Son of man, am?” But the Lord Jesus was not simply another religion or another way of thinking among many. He is the pivoting point of everything else! He is the foundation of a right relationship with God! Let’s just look at their response to His question before we move on.

The disciples answered, “Some say you are Elijah,” why Elijah? It had been prophesied that Elijah would come again (Mal. 4:5), and some thought that this prediction was fulfilled in Christ. However, Jesus did not minister as Elijah did, it was John the Baptist “who came in the spirit of and power Elijah (Luke 1:13-17). The disciples also said that other thought the Lord was Jeremiah who was a weeping prophet because of the condition of the Lord’s people. The Lord had this attitude as the Man of Sorrows! 

But when asked of his, own personal opinion Peter confessed what he had come to believe of the Lord Jesus, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Peter had revealed to him by God the Father. Just like Peter, today the Spirit of God reveals to each one of us our own impression of who the Lord Jesus is. In John 16:14 the Lord Jesus announced that the Spirit of God will glorify Him, Christ. The Spirit will take that which is Christ’s and glorify Him and declare it to each of us! Sometimes our impressions of the Lord Jesus grow gradually, as in the Blind Man of John 9. His thoughts of Christ went from referring to Him “a Man called Jesus” to a prophet, to a Man from God to the Son of God! 

But what about each of us, what is He to you and to me? One hymn writer, called Him “the Man of Calvary, who has won my Heart from me.” Another declared, Hallelujah, What a Savior!” But what is He to us? I’d like to suggest just a few things for us to think about. What do we find in Christ?

Our Pardon is found in Christ

God in Christ has forgiven us! Look at Eph. 1:7, Col. 1:13-14. The story is told of a Russian soldier years ago who sat in his tent one night. He was looking over all his bills and had a long list of people he owed money to, trying to figure out a way to pay the debts. He was so distraught that he wrote at the bottom of the list “who is to pay for all this?” and fell asleep. The Emperor came by, looked in the tent and saw the list and the question at the bottom. The Emperor wrote his own name down own the page and when the solider woke up he found all his debts paid! That is what the Lord Jesus Christ has done! The Hymn writer put it this way, 

“Jesus paid it all; All to Him I owe. Sin had left a crimson stain; He washed it white a snow.”

Our Peace is found in Him

Through the Lord Jesus we have peace with God (Romans 4:24-5:1). Not only do we have peace with God but we can enjoy the peace of God in our daily lives (Phil. 4:5-9). As we make our request known to God with thanksgiving, the peace of which passes all understanding, guards or garrisons our heart and our mind! But these verse don’t stop there, they remind us that as we are occupied with things that are Christ like in nature we can enjoy the presence of the God of Peace! The Lord Jesus promised this peace to His followers in John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” 

He gives us Purpose

He is our pardon and our peace, but He also is our purpose for living! Paul could say, “For me to live is Christ!” He is the purpose of our life, He is our life (Col. 4:4). Knowing Him is our purpose for being here, growing in Him is our purpose for being here. In Philippians 3:7-10 Paul puts it this way, “But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; 10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death.”

Christ also means Power

The Lord Jesus said, “All power is given to me.” Paul could say, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Phil 4:13)! The Lord Jesus is not only our Savior, but He is our substance! He is our Power! His power is made real to us by the Holy Spirit who lives and works in and through us!

Christ is our Plenty

We have been “blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” Through the Lord Jesus Christ all of our needs our met (Phil. 4:19).

He gives us an eternal Prospect

“The Lord Jesus said, “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions, if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know” (John 14:1-3). 

All we need is found in Him! He is the Alpha and Omega, He is everything from A to Z. He is the same yesterday today and forever (Hebrews 13:8)! Think about that verse for a moment:

He is… He is the Great I AM!

The same…His Character, His faithfulness, who He is never changes!

Yesterday… He is the Historic Christ!

Today… He is the indwelling Christ!

Forever… He is the coming Christ!

Take a moment and write down Who is Jesus to you?

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