On Your Mark (Part Two: Jesus)

Matthew 16:13-20 (NIV)

When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”

14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”

15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”

16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”

17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” 20 Then he ordered his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.

 

Verse 15 is the heart and soul of my message today and really, the very essence of eternal purpose and meaning. 

It's ok what others may say about Jesus. We are all free to choose. Let them call Him a prophet - a rabbi - a religious fanatic - a good man with a good cause gone awry.

Here's the question: WHAT DO YOU SAY ABOUT JESUS? Who is He to you? This is THE question we all have to answer. How we answer this question will determine where one spends eternity. Because Jesus Himself said, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me"
(John 14:6 NIV).

Peter stood before the rulers and elders and the crowd and boldly declared, "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved" (Acts 4:12 NIV).

Your life, my life, isn't what it can be until we come to know Jesus in a personal way. Colossians 1:16 says, "For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible...everything got started in Him and finds its purpose in Him" (MSG).

No matter who  you are, past the image and the facade, past the titles and the tags, deep down you desire to know God. There's that emptiness - that hole - and you haven't found anything that can take it away. 

Ephesians 1:11-12 (MSG): It's in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eyes on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone.