FRIDAY January 15, 2021
Who Is Jesus Christ?
When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?”
Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem with Peter, James and John. He stopped in Caesarea Philippi, at a place known for pagan worship––a cave, an endless stream of water, and a huge mountainous rock. Here Jesus asked an important question: “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?” His Disciples answered: “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets” (Matthew 16:13-14).
In Matthew 16:15, Jesus asked His Disciples a direct and personal question, “But who do you say that I am?” Notice, Peter had a divine revelation, and he made this immediate confession:
“You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 16:16-17).
When Jesus Christ was under trial and questioned by the high priest, He claimed to be the Son of God: … “I put You under oath by the living God: Tell us if You are the Christ, the Son of God!” Jesus said to him, “It is as you said” (Matthew 26:63-64). Jesus claimed to be the Messiah––the Christ. He also claimed to be the Son of Man: “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45). This title speaks of His human nature.
Jesus further claimed to be the fulfillment of all the Old Testament promises (Luke 24:44). Jesus also claimed to be the Savior of the World (Luke 19:10). He paid the price for our redemption. He is both Teacher and Master (John 13:13-14). He claimed to be God (John 10:30, 36), and, as such, has authority to forgive sins (Luke 5:17-23; John 8:34-36).
Christianity is personal. Every person has to make a personal confession of Jesus Christ. As they come to Him by faith, they receive eternal life
For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.