As we continue our 19th Anniversary series "ALL FOR HIM!" we are doing our best "TO MAKE READY A PEOPLE PREPARED FOR THE LORD."
In a very real sense, all of our lives are spent preparing for that great day when we see Jesus. The Scriptures tell us, "Every eye shall see Him." "We shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ." Peter urges us to "Be diligent that we may be found of Him in peace."
But who is this LORD? When the Lord himself asked the disciples, "Whom do men say that I am?" they answered, "Some think you are Elijah, others think you are John the Baptist, and others think you’re Jeremiah or a prophet."
Then the LORD directed the question to his 12 disciples. "Whom say ye that I am?"
It is one of life’s most important questions. Peter didn’t hesitate to answer. He testified, "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God."
When he testified, "THOU ART THE CHRIST" he was identifying JESUS of Nazareth as the Messiah--God’s Anointed Savior.
When he called Him, "THE SON" he was exalting His Divine and Human nature. And when he called Him "THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD" he was making clear that the LORD was not conjured up in the imaginations of the Ancients, nor was He made in the image of man. Ah this LORD was the SON OF THE LIVING GOD! The One who is. The One who was. The One who will always be.
Peter’s testimony drew a most interesting response from the Lord Jesus. Hear Jesus saying, "Flesh and blood has not revealed this to you!" Men and women who see the LORD for who He is do not see HIM on account of His miracles. They do not understand HIM because of His superb teachings. They do not recognize His authority because of His gracious acts of compassion. They see HIM because THE FATHER IN HEAVEN reveals it to them.
This revelation is offered universally, but it is only received individually.
Our answer to our LORD"s question, "Who do you say I am?" will finally determine the answer to our own identity. One day the Judge of all the earth will reveal who we are to all the world.
You see, our answer to Who He Is, determinesthe answer to Who We Are.