13 When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? 14 And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. 15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? 16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. Matthew 16:13-16
Have ever spoken to people who may have known you for years, and suddenly you realize, they really don’t know you at all?
Jesus asked His disciples, who do men say that I, the Son of Man am? At that point, everyone piped up to say what he had heard while standing in the crowds, sitting by the seashore, or standing in the synagogue. They would have heard it all, the good comments and the ugly ones too. However, when Jesus asked, “who do you say I am”, the responses were not so quick in coming. Peter however responded, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God”. Peter had received a revelation of the Son of God.
Many had seen and heard of Jesus and His miracles. That was why the woman with the issue of blood came hoping to touch His garment, and the blind called out to Him for healing. Nothing was wrong with them wanting a touch from Jesus. This was a part of the reason why He came. See Luke 4:18.
They all knew what He was capable of doing, yet few ever knew who He really was. The people did not know He was their King, their Messiah and Redeemer, the one who came to bring light and life. Instead, they saw Him as one of the dead prophets. How about those who walked, talked and ate with Him daily, did they know who He was?
Peter knew. He did not need anyone to tell him who his Savior was. He saw the miracles, but there was so much more. Jesus was the Messiah, not a political figure. He was the sacrificial Lamb who would die for our sins so that we may be reconciled with the Father. He was, and still is, our Deliverer.
Who do you say Jesus is? If you did not have a need, could you still love Jesus? Would the fact that Jesus died for you be enough reason to love and serve Him? Can we love Jesus more? .
Let us take the time to get to really know Jesus? The book of John is a great place to start. Look past the miracles He performed and see the heart of the Messiah. See how Jesus touched the leper, knowing it would make Him unclean. See how He was moved with compassion for the sick and wept when He saw the people crying over the death of Lazarus. Do not stop until you read how He died on the cross for each of us. Ask the Holy Spirit to open your eyes so you may see Jesus and know Him, and love Him more.
To know Jesus, that is all that matters. Thank You Jesus for coming to die for us. Holy Spirit, as we go through this week, please open our eyes so we can see Jesus. Teach us how to love Him more. Amen