Jesus at one point asked his followers, “Who do people say that I am?” They pointed out what they had heard others say. But then he turned the question on them, “Who do you say I am?” One of his disciples said, “You are the Messiah.”
During the time of Jesus, people were anticipating that a Messiah (Savior) would someday come and save them from their oppressors and redeem their lives, establishing a new Kingdom for them to live in. As the disciples followed Jesus, they called him teacher, Lord, Son of man, Son of the living God, and the Christ. Jesus affirmed those names.
The bible refers to Jesus as the Christ, Word, Son of God, Son of Man, Lamb of God, Emmanuel (God with us), the gate, bread of life, mediator, prince of peace, savior, redeemer, friend, the way the truth and the life, and the only way to the Father. Jesus himself spoke boldly that he is the source of life, resurrection, joy, peace, freedom, light and fruit. He showed that he had authority over all things, both heaven and earth and to even forgive. He said that he brought heaven to earth and that he was establishing something new and that he would return. He even challenged the religious, at the time.
I believe that Jesus is everything mentioned and more. I believe that how we answer the question “Who do you say Jesus is?” determines many things. It determines our view of the church and of Christianity. What if instead of looking at Christianity as religion and the church as organized Christian religion, we took the time to look at the person of Jesus? What if we looked at what he was about, the things he actually did, and what he said? Jesus said that if you want to know the heart of God, if you want to know my Father’s heart, you will see him in me.
I personally have found that there is so much more to Jesus than we realize and when we meet him in seasons of our life, our view of him changes. Jesus said “I have come so that you can live an abundant life.” My hope is that we will take the time to ask daily, “Jesus who are you?” I hope that as you take the time to look at Jesus for yourself, that it may change your view of Christianity, the Church, and the people who follow Jesus.
Jesus invited people to follow him and find out for themselves. May you seek after the person of Jesus and discover something new. If you seek him, you will find him in the most unexpected way.