When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?
And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.
He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
People have always had overwhelming circumstances and problems that plagued their societies. Our generation is no different. While our specifics may differ from those who went through the “Great Depression” or The “Revolutionary War” or even an outbreak of polio or cholera, we are indeed living in tumultuous and trying times.
Will our kids be able to get an education? Will we face rationing or even more extensive limitations on our freedoms? Is this all a conspiracy? What is going on?
If it were left up to some, we would forget it all and just “get back to normal,” but that is not feasible nor will it happen. Others will cringe in fear at the movements of someone getting closer than the prescribed “six feet” and shudder at the thoughts of potentially catching “the virus.”
What I am getting at is this, we are living in troublesome times and everyone is looking for the same thing … a solution! We need an answer! We need hope! We need something real that comforts and encourages us to continue in spite of the unchangeable circumstances in our world today.
In every past generation, people have also been seeking answers to the deep questions lurking behind their smiles, their paychecks, and even their resemblance of success. In this passage, Jesus is with His disciples in a coastal city that was quite successful — yet they too were searching for answers. People were looking for a prophet to tell them what to do. They were longing for their messiah to deliver them from all their troubles. They would take just about anyone or anything that came along and offered relief from the external pressures and even poverty they faced daily.
They loved it when Jesus healed their sick bodies and fed them with bread and fish. They loved it when Jesus raised the dead and opened the eyes of the blind. They wanted Jesus as long as He was fulfilling their need for outward success and external benefit.
Jesus came to do and be much more than that! Jesus came to fix and satisfy our souls. Jesus came to forgive our sins and to change us from being who we are to who He would have us to be, for the glory of God!
Jesus is more than a common household name or slang term that is irreverently used way too much. Jesus is the Son of God and was sent to be the Saviour of the world. We will always have problems, social problems, health problems and economic problems. What we need is peace on the inside and the assurance that we know that Jesus is our Saviour and heaven is our home. This is only possible through a personal relationship with Christ Jesus. Is He your Lord and Saviour? He can be.
While others are looking for Jesus to fix their marriage, fix their health, fix the economy, and fix our world, Jesus asks you this question…
“But whom say ye that I am?”
Jesus is and always has been the only answer! Will you trust Him today? Will you turn to Jesus as your personal Lord and Saviour? Then you can answer His question, “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God … and You are my Lord and Saviour!”
He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
What will your answer be?
Jesus loves you and He did something about it!
Jesus died on the cross, was buried, and rose again from the dead to offer to me and you the opportunity to become children of God and be forgiven of all our sins.
Will you put your faith in Jesus alone to be your Saviour and Lord?
Let me know if you have trusted Christ as your personal Lord and Saviour.
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God bless! See you in church!
(Pastor Jones can be reached by email firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @PastorTonyJones or visit an upcoming service at Faith Baptist Church … “The Church on the Hill.”)