Who do you say that I am ?
It is a compelling question. We all ask it. You say that you love me but do you really know who I am? It goes to the heart of relationship; it goes to the heart of our understanding of ourselves; it goes to the heart of how we lead our lives; to the heart of the relationships we have and to the heart of the very motives which drive our lives and our decisions. We have read the scriptures and heard innumerable homilies preached about Jesus. However, if we were to be asked that question, what would we answer?
“Lord, I believe. Help my unbelief.”
Ponder your answer to the question, not from the usual response, but from within your own mind and heart.
When Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi
he asked his disciples,
“Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”
They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah,
still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.
We should live our lives as though Christ was coming this afternoon.
We might be wise to follow the insight of the enraptured heart rather than the more cautious reasoning of the theological mind.
If Jesus Christ were to come today people would not even crucify him. They would ask him to dinner, and hear what he has to say, and make fun of it.
There is something so pure and frank and noble about Him that to doubt His sincerity would be like doubting the brightness of the sun.
Charles Edward Jefferson
Our problem is this: we usually discover him within some denominational or Christian ghetto. We meet him in a province and, having caught some little view, we paint him in smaller strokes. The Lion of Judah is reduced to something kittenish because our understanding cannot, at first, write larger definitions.
Christianity is not a doctrine, not truth as truth, but the knowledge of a Person; it is knowing the Lord Jesus. You cannot be educated into being a Christian.