One of the questions we ask often is WHO IS JESUS. And, even though we are asking a question, we have already formulated the answer in our minds. The answer to that question is shaped by a couple of things. First, by our world view. How we see the world and the people in it determines how we view the person, or deity of Jesus. But, more than world view, we see Jesus through the same lens we see ourselves.
How we view ourselves has far more influence on who I believe Jesus to be. Let me explain... If I feel like something is broken or wrong with me, I will feel like Jesus is a judge. If I feel like I am perfect, Jesus is in my fan club. If I feel like I am in need, Jesus is my cosmic vending machine to meet those needs. If I feel like I am religious, Jesus becomes my justification for beliefs or actions. If I feel like I am 100% self-sufficient, Jesus is becomes a worthless figurehead in my life.
The overall flaw in our asking this question, and assuming an answer, is that it is based 100% on ourselves. It is an inward focused question, and a selfish answer. We want Jesus to be in our image, our understanding and our explanation. In reality, that just is not true. Jesus is...... Well, let's look at His own words and dialogue with Peter in Matthew 16:15-17...
He pressed them, “And how about you? Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter said, “You’re the Christ, the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Jesus came back, “God bless you, Simon, son of Jonah! You didn’t get that answer out of books or from teachers. My Father in heaven, God himself, let you in on this secret of who I really am. And now I’m going to tell you who you are, really are.
Jesus was pleased that Peter response was 100% about the person of Jesus, and who He really is. But, recognize that even Jesus acknowledges Peter's wisdom, understanding or study did not reveal this.....God did! And, the end result is very powerful.
If we would shift the focus OFF of ourselves and onto Jesus something amazing is unleashed. In fact, we can unlock the potential and possibilities in our lives like never before if we would seek to know Jesus the way Peter knew Jesus.... By allowing God to reveal the person of Jesus; by allowing Jesus to be exactly who He is and not who we assume He should be.
The result is.... When we discover who Jesus really is, He reveals who we really are! That is one of the deepest longings of man, to know our purpose, our potential and our value before God. I can promise you that if you seek to know Jesus, you will find out who God designed you to be. And, better yet, you will unlock the power and potential that God has in store for your life.