I woke up thinking of one of the verse that was shared at church yesterday, a verse i have read and heard countless times.
Matthew 16:13-1Peter Declares That Jesus Is the Messiah
When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
It is so easy on this journey of faith to get caught up in the hype of what everyone else says about God, who Jesus is and not have an understanding of who He is to you on an individual basis. A cancer survivor will tell you that Jesus is a healer but unless you’ve ever had an illness in your body you could possibly never understand that aspect of Jesus, a father who has just been laid off work will tell you that Jesus is a provider and unless you’ve ever been in a position where you needed God to provide for you, you could not possibly never understand this. Who Jesus is to a person is based on their own revelation of who Jesus is not what they have heard people say about Him. The question Jesus asked in verse 15 is such a crucial question in our lives “But who do you say I am?” It is important to understand that in order to have this revelation of who Jesus is, one has to have an intimate relationship with Jesus. You cannot possibly know who someone well without having some sort of relationship with them. Don’t fall with the crowd or be like the disciples and have someone else’s revelation of who Jesus is, know Jesus for yourself.