JUST JESUS – Part 1
Matthew 16:13,15 KJV
 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?  He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
Matthew 16:16-17 KJV
 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.  And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
I have wondered over the years why Jesus was so interested in knowing the perception of people about him. He was obviously not going to live is life based on the opinion of others? No, I don’t think so. Haven studied this scripture for over 15 years, I have come to this conclusion that how people and especially his disciples perceived him was very important to him not because this will make him bigger or mightier than he already is but it is important for that the people know and understand who he is so that they can benefit from the knowledge of who he is. Your perception determines what you believe and what you believe determines what you receive. Those who perceived him as one of the prophets will obviously receive and believe him as a prophet and the virtue they will draw from that will be limited to the prophetic reward which is good but they have robbed themselves of so many other things. The prophetic office is just one of the offices he occupies as the Christ.
When Peter announced him as the Christ, it was indeed a revelation compared to the varying perceptions from various people mentioned earlier. The church is built upon this revelation that Jesus is the Christ. it is the foundation of our faith as Christians. The word Christ is not his last name but the office he occupies. The word is from a Greek word ‘Christos’ meaning the anointed one and his anointing. It has the same meaning with the word Messiah referred to in the Old Testament. Christ is prophecy fulfilled, he is the coming messiah that all the prophets from Moses to Malachi spoke about, the bible from Genesis chapter one to Malachi all spoke about him, his coming, his mission, his suffering, his triumph and finally our victory in Christ Jesus. He said in John 5:39, search the scriptures; they all testify about me.
For further study:
I will live with consciousness that Jesus Christ has saved me, therefore I am safe.
Questions for you to reflect on
Is Jesus precious to You and why?