As Jesus was coming the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His Apostles an odd question:”Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?” They claimed they’d heard people say he was”John the Baptist, Elijah, Jeremiah, as well as among the prophets.” (Matthew 16:13, 14) Notice that the titles were of deceased folks. It was essentially an altitude of reincarnation. Rather than studying the prospect of a uniquely living person, individuals focused on the past and its potential influence on the present. There was some speculation that Jesus could be the long awaited Christ, the Messiah, but it was more of a chance than a statement of truth. It was almost like a survey taken by the liberal faction of the Jewish religionist. (Even now, polls often reflect the pollster and his pre-determined political leaning, instead of the true consensus of the people.) I wonder if Jesus was somewhat surprised by the result of His query. Jesus then hones in on what really matters:”But who do you say I am?”
I wonder how many of His Apostles had openly announced who Jesus actually was. Since Jesus’ ministry gained momentum, He appeared to shield His identity as a result of direction the crowds were carrying. People were more concerned with miracles, signs, and miracles. Jesus realized that when the multitudes believed He was the Messiah, they would revert to their preconceived belief that the Christ would deliver them from Roman rule.
When is the last time we just meditated on who Jesus is? When is the last time we concentrated on His personage, as opposed to the miracles? When is the last time we dwelt on His attributes, instead of about the benefits we received from Him? Let’s spend a day just pondering about who Jesus is, and once we do, let’s show to others the Jesus we’ve grown to know.
(Matthew 16:17) The Apostle Paul said that the Gospel he proclaimed wasn’t a consequence of someone instructing him or of hearing from a individual, but through revelation from God Himself. It’s not horizontal, but vertical disclosure that solidifies the Believer. When we reverse the process, we open the door to possibly misinterpreting God’s Word. When we start in the mind, our feelings and emotions will have a powerful effect. When Paul received revelation, he didn’t”confer with flesh and blood,” but obediently acted without hesitation. (Galatians 1:16) How many people have questioned our own activities? 1 moment we’re convinced of the validity of our activities, and in a brief time we question if we’re doing the right thing. When we behave as a consequence of head knowledge, we will most likely question some of our activities. May the Holy Spirit show God’s Word and, when He does, let’s pursue life with no rear view mirror!