In Matthew 16, Jesus asked his disciples who do people say that I am. They said, John the Baptist, Elijah, Jeremiah or one of the prophets. He then asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” (Matt.16:15) Peter said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
That one statement says it all, doesn’t it? Jesus is not just any man or prophet; he is the one who was, who is and is to come. He is the promised Messiah-God in the flesh. Have you ever wondered why Jesus asked those questions? He already knew what was in man’s heart. He knew exactly what people thought of him. So why did he ask and why is our response so important?
A.W. Tozer in his book Knowledge of the Holy said, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” He goes on to say that the most revealing thing about the church is her idea of God. “She can never escape the self-disclosure of her witness concerning God.”
Paul writes in Romans 1:21-“For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.” The crowds that surrounded Jesus thought that he was just a man but we know Jesus as the God man. Our brother Peter declared the Lord’s deity and his purpose in the world. This truth is the rock that the church is built upon. Since Jesus is our rock, do we like Peter, freely and clearly confess him as the Christ? Then, how is that reflected in our worship and in our witness? I’m afraid we are an idolatrous nation and our view of God is low. Let’s be resolved not to reduce God to the ‘Big Guy’ in the sky. Let’s be jealous for his glory so that we can boldly preach Christ to a dying generation in word and in deed.