Who is Jesus to you?
August 28, 2016, 8:10 pm
Filed under: Searching for our Savior in His book | Tags: , ,

Jesus, my strength when I am weak
Mark 8:29-30 “And he saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Peter answereth and saith unto him, Thou art the Christ. And he charged them that they should tell no man of him.”
When we read this remarkable passage, naturally our attention focuses upon “You are the Christ (the Messiah)!.” The Holy Spirit gave Peter insight into the real Jesus. Prior to this, we read of the current politically correct answer to whom Jesus was. Each recognized that Jesus was unique and a special person. There was something about Jesus that others noticed. But the cultural view of Jesus was insufficient. It lacked insight into who He really was. Peter’s answer correctly saw the Jesus was the Anointed of God, the Conquering King for whom the Jews longed. Peter, and perhaps most of the disciples saw Him in a way that others missed. So why did Jesus then “charge them that they should tell no man of him”? You would think that since others missed this, Jesus would want these guys to shout out to all the truth about Him. You know what? He did. The problem was that at the time Peter answered, they didn’t know the whole truth because of Bible ignorance. If you look at verse 31, you see that Jesus began to teach them the truth. The Anointed One, the Christ must suffer, be rejected by the Jewish religious authorities, and be put to death. But the great news, the Messiah would RISE AGAIN! The common view of the Messiah during the time of the disciples was that He would rescue the Jews from Roman control. The Messiah would come as the liberating King, saving the Jews from oppression and slavery at the hands of the Romans. So Jesus didn’t want people following Him for that reason.
Jesus had a much more important mission ahead of Him, planned from before Creation, that He would rescue all people from the chains of sin, death, and Satan. In order to do this, He would suffer and die. Old Testament prophets mentioned this, but the Jewish leaders passed it off because it wasn’t appealing. He had to teach them the truth about the mission of the Messiah. So what He was saying was this: don’t speak until you have the real story of the Gospel.
God wants us to share Him to others. I think He would want us to make sure that we share the real truth, that He rescued and liberated us from the penalty and power of sin. We are new creatures in Him and in God’s view, as righteous as Jesus. We are His and we are in Him. Is this the reality of your relationship with God in Christ Jesus? What is your answer to the question, “Who do you say I (Jesus) am (is)?


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