Jesus asked the disciples, "Who do men say that I, the son of man, am?"
Jesus never doubted who he was. When he was tempted by Satan in chapter four of Matthew, it seems Satan was trying to make Jesus doubt who he really was.
He kept saying to Jesus, "If you be the son of God."
But Jesus never doubted who he was. How many times in our life has Satan tried to make us doubt who Jesus is? And he will continue to do so.
The disciples answered Jesus in Matthew 16:14, "Some say you are John the Baptist, some say you are Elias, others say you are Jeremiah or one of the prophets."
Still today, we hear people say these same statements about who they believe Jesus to be.
Then Jesus asked the disciples a life-changing question. "But who do you say I am?"
Peter, one of the disciples answered, "You are Christ, the son of the living God."
Whether Peter believed this or not did not make the statement so.
The question today is, "Who do you say Jesus is?"
If one says Jesus was a great prophet who once lived on this earth, or puts Jesus in the same category as Buddha or other false gods, then this makes God's word invalid in their life.
If we believe that Jesus is Christ, the son of the living God, as Peter believed, then can we not believe he is all he claimed to be?
Isaiah, chapter nine tells us that his name shall be called "Wonderful," "Counselor," "The Mighty God," "The Everlasting Father," "The Prince of Peace."
Yes, when we experience Jesus as the son of the living God, he becomes wonderful in our life. So much so, that nothing else satisfies us.
We know him as our counselor. When it seems we have no one to whom we can turn to for the answers we need, no one to guide us in making a right decision, we can trust him to counsel.
Not only is he God but he is the mighty God. The awesome God who has exceedingly great power. He has proven this power over and over. We can trust him today to be that mighty God in our life.
Have you experienced him holding you, caring for you when you needed a father in your life? One on whom you can depend to always be there? The everlasting father? So many have fathers who have deserted them in one way or another, but you can trust him to always be there.
He is the "Prince of Peace." What a comfort, when all around is turmoil, wars and rumors of wars. We have all experienced numerous "Sept. 11s" in our lives, but we put our trust in this "Prince of Peace."
He told us not to worry about anything, be careful for nothing.
In Matthew 10:29, he reminds us of the sparrow that is worth only a farthing, probably today we would say "a dime a dozen," yet not one falls on the ground without the father. How much more he cares for us.
John 4:42 tells us he is the savior of the world but he can be your savior only if you believe in him and trust him to be so.
The question is the question Jesus asks today, "Who do you say I am?"
Pat Knowles is the prayer minister at the Birchridge Community Church where Cameron Dockery is pastor. Services are Sunday mornings at 9:45 and 11 a.m. at the Soldotna Senior Citizens Center.
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