Who Do You Say That I Am?

"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?14 And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven." -Matthew 16:13-17 KJV
My relationship with Jesus is the most important thing in my life. I value it and I appreciate it. About two weeks ago I was seeking wise counsel about some issues that I was facing in my life. In the midst of our conversation the Holy Spirit dropped this one question, "Who do you say that I am?" When I heard the question, it was like time stopped. Everything stopped moving and I was looking that question directly in the face. I felt like Jesus was standing right in front of me and asked me "who do YOU say that I am?" I was so blown away by the question that I quickly said something to the person who I was talking to. I told her what the Holy Spirit asked me and a smile came on her face. She gave me the scripture and that evening I went home and read it. In the passage above Jesus and His disciples just got to Caesarea Philippi (in the prior passages, Jesus had a interesting run in with the Pharisees and Sadducees). Jesus asked his disciples two questions, the first one was, "who do people say that the Son of Man is?" The disciples answered and started to say all the things that people said. Then Jesus asked them another question, "But who do you say that I am?" (Every time that I type this question, I get so excited *screams with excitement*). Only one disciple answered and that was Peter. Peter answered Jesus with what I would call his heart answer. His answer showed me that he intimately knew who Jesus was.

After I read this passage, I began to ponder on the question. Who do you say that I am? I believe we can easily describe a person that we don't really know by describing them based on what other people say. For example if someone asked me, "can you describe Oprah Winfrey?" I can say that she is rich, African-American, TV show host, but I can't speak about her character or who she really is because I don't have personal relationship with her. Now if someone asked me to describe my mom, I can give you a 2 page list of things because I have a personal relationship her. I know her like she knows me. In my daily time with God, my "nightly nuggets" is what I like to call it, the Holy Spirit let me know that in order to answer that question I needed to have an intimate relationship with Jesus. Not just a buddy-buddy relationship, but a deep personal relationship with Jesus. So in that moment, I began to answer Jesus' question, "Who do you say that I am?" This was my answer:
  • The breathe in my body.
  • The blood running through my veins.
  • Father
  • Counselor
  • Healer
  • King
  • Decision maker
  • Fighter
  • Love
  • Boss
  • Critic
  • Way maker
  • Protector
  • More Than
  • Leader
  • # 1 priority
  • Real
Once I answered that question, it was like I found a treasure. Every situation I was facing in that moment started to subside. I had to realize that Jesus is greater than any situation in my life. That evening in my prayer time, God said something so clear to me it was like He was physically sitting next to me. He said, "I need to be so real to you, that when you talk about me, people will think that it's actually Me speaking." Wow right? I want to be filled by God that people don't see me or hear me talking, but they see or hear the God in me. 

Our walk and how we speak should portray our relationship with Jesus Christ. How we live should be different from others, the conversations we engage in should be different, when we walk in the room the atmosphere should shift. Jesus wants us to be able to answer the question He asked His disciples so many years ago. It's like He's shouting, "GET TO KNOW ME!" When we know who Jesus is, then we know who we are you. 

Thank you for reading!!!!

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