No other name in the world is more known than the name of Jesus Christ. Whether it’s used in slang or in praise, the name itself is known by many. However, the person of Christ is not.
In Matthew 16, Mark 8, and Luke 9, The Lord asked His disciples who people said that He was. They’d answered that some said He was John the Baptist, while others said Elias (Elijah) or Jeremias (Jeremiah), or one of the prophets.
Then He turned the question around in Matthew 16:15, Mark 8:29, and Luke 9:20, and asked, "But whom say ye that I am?"
It’s an important question, one that we should all sincerely ask ourselves. Who do we say that He is? Or who is He, really, to me?
For the Apostle Peter, in Matthew 16:16, his response was fast and certain. He answered, "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God."
Christ means anointed, so to refer to Him as The Christ is to know Him as The Anointed. The Messiah. The Son of God. There was only one anointed in this way by God, and that was The Anointed Himself.
For Peter to say this and to not only mean it, but to understand it, it could only have been revealed to him by God, as The Lord said to him, "Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven."
And the same is true for us. Who Jesus Christ is to us personally is very telling of who we are to Him – for we know only what has been revealed to us (or what has not been revealed to us). If we know Him as Lord, then He is our Lord. If we know Him as Savior, then He is our Savior. Yet, if we know Him as someone we’re embarrassed to talk about, or as someone whose name we use only in a derogatory manner, then this also speaks of who He is to us, and, in turn, who we are to Him.
In Matthew 10:32-33, He said, "Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven."
So, it’s an important question to ask ourselves. Whether we will confess Him or we will deny Him, it can all be learned by truthfully answering this one thing:
"Who is Jesus Christ to me?"