On the road [Jesus] asked His disciples, saying to them, “Who do men say that I am?” So they answered, “John the Baptist, but some say, Elijah; and others, one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say I am?” (Mark 8:27-29).
Today I want to write only about Jesus. I feel overwhelmed by His loveliness today. I am sure it is due in great part to the inspiring nature of a Theology class I just completed which dealt with the Tabernacle of Israel.
In studying the Tabernacle of Israel, we see how every aspect of the Tabernacle represented Jesus and His ministry. And we see very clearly the significance of Jesus’ death on the cross, and how because of His ultimate sacrifice, all of the very specific requirements of the Tabernacle were fulfilled for once and for all.
Now this post is not really about the Tabernacle per se, but this post is about Jesus. In fact, the Bible itself is all about Jesus. From Genesis to Revelation, Jesus is revealed in the scriptures. He is the Messiah, the Christ, the Savior, the Deliverer. He is the Lamb of God–the perfect Sacrifice who alone, once and for all, would restore peace between God and man. And Jesus did restore that peace when He declared on the cross, “It is finished” (John 19:30).
“But who do you say I am?” Jesus asked. Each of us must make this determination. Who was Jesus? Who is Jesus? All that He was, He still is. We believe that to be true because Hebrews 13:8 declares “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” Some call Him a great teacher. Some say, a wise man–the perfect man who knew no sin. Some call Him Friend. Some call Him Brother. Yes, all of these things we certainly believe are absolutely true concerning Jesus.
Do you know though, in John 1:1, the Apostle describes Jesus as the Word of God? “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Then we read in verse 14, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). Jesus was God’s perfect will come in the flesh (if I can say it that way).
“He is the image of the invisible God” (Colossians 1:15).
“They shall call His name Immanuel, which is translated, ‘God with us'” (Matthew 1:23).
And He is King of kings and Lord of lords (Revelation 1:5; Revelation 17:14). After Jesus arose, He said to his disciples: “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth” (Matthew 28:18). From verse 17, it is also intereresting to note that the disciples worshipped Jesus, and we do not read that Jesus rebuked them for doing so.
God has also given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:9-11).
“But who do you say I am?” To this question, Peter answered, “You are the Christ.” In saying Jesus was the Christ, Peter was acknowledging Him as the Annointed One; the Messiah; the Deliverer as prophesied in Old Testament.
And who do you say He is?
If we don’t want to get our relationship with the Father wrong, it is important that we see Jesus correctly. He is indeed all of the names, all of the titles, and all of the offices mentioned in this post for the scriptures confirm it. And let us also never forget these words of Jesus in which He describes Himself: “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6).