All of us are asked questions everyday of our life. Some of them are important, others are not. But which are the most important?
- "Where should I go to college?"
- "Where do I want to live?"
- "Will you accept this job?"
- "Will you marry me?"
- "Are we ready to have a baby?"
- "How do you discipline children?"
- "Should we start saving for retirement?"
We face questions everyday. They are always before us. Some, like these examples, are important. Others are not. But there is one question that is on a different level than every other question. There is one question we all have to answer at some point in our life that is completely different than any other question. This question is different because of the ramification of how we answer it. What is this most important question?
- "Who is Jesus Christ?"
This is the question Jesus asked the disciples in Matthew 16:15-16. He wants to know who people think He is. But then He wants to know who they think He is?
Peter's answer, on behalf of the disciples, is classic. Peter says that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God. The crowds in Israel believe that Jesus is a prophet, but Peter knows He is no mere man. He believes that Jesus is the Anointed One of Israel. He believes Jesus is the One the Jewish people have long waited for. He thinks all the OT prophecies that talk about a son of David coming to rescue the nation of Israel all point toward Jesus Christ.
But His confession of Jesus is more than that. Peter sees the connection between the Messiah and God. And so Peter confesses that Jesus is the Son of God. He acknowledges that He believes Jesus is not simply a man. He believes Jesus is God Himself coming to save His people. There is no more important question in life than this and Peter nails it!
What about you? Who do you say Jesus Christ is? Who do you believe He is? I challenge you to not take this lightly. The Scriptures are clear that everyone is going to bow their knee before Jesus Christ.
"Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth, and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." (Philippians 2:9-10).
You will bow before Him. You will someday get the answer to this question correct. My prayer is that you do it before you die.