“He says to them, But [W]hom say you that I Am? And Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God And Jesus answered and said to him, Blessed are you, Simon Bar jona: for flesh and blood has not revealed it to you, but My Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 16:15-17)
In life there are things one wants to get right. One wants to get a spouse right, a career right, a home right. One wants to choose the right contractor, the right doctor, and the right vehicle. If you incorrectly choose any of the above you choose trouble. The wrong spouse can bring a lifetime of pain and emotional agony and can bring terrible results. The wrong spouse can bring great unhappiness to the offspring of a wrongly chosen spouse. The wrong career choice can make one unsatisfied and can corner one into a way of life that will disallow one to change careers. The wrong career choice will effect not only you but everyone around you. The wrong contractor will bring headaches and arguments. By choosing the wrong doctor can mean the difference between life and death. It is said that a house and a vehicle are the (2) two largest purchases a person makes, with that said, one does not want to get these purchases wrong.
However, there is something far more important than all of the above combined. You can get all of the above wrong but there is Someone you must…you must…you must get right. That Someone asks you a question. This question comes from the most important Man that lives or will ever live….Jesus Christ, The Son of God. The question is, “Whom say you that I am?” Your answer to this question and to this Questioner will determine your eternal existence. All persons have a soul [Side note: Your soul weighs (22) twenty-two ounces…research it] and inside this soul is a spirit. The spirit inside of this soul [Greek word is Retainer] is either dead or it has been made alive. The spirit is dead from conception and will remain dead through birth, through youth, through life, all the way until the body sleeps and is put into the grave. Once the body sleeps the soul and the dead spirit will fall into eternity where it shall suffer torment forever and ever as it will exist outside the mercies of God.
Except the dead spirit be quickened by an Outside Love, there is no hope. However, There is an Outside Love that will quicken and breathe new and eternal life into the spirit, so there is hope. How does one’s spirit become quickened or made alive eternally? The One Way that a spirit will be made alive eternally is by answering Christ’s question…”Whom say you that I Am?” correctly. Before we give you the right answer, let’s look at the wrong answers, via C.S. Lewis’ “Trilemma.”
Generally speaking, those who answer wrongly answer thusly, “Jesus was a good man” or “Jesus was a good teacher.” These answers cannot be true unless Christ is Who He says He is. But first, let’s look at the claims Jesus Christ made, in order that we might see, whether or not He was a good Man and a good Teacher:
“I am the way, the Truth, and the Life, no man [can] come to the Father [in heaven], but by Me.”
“If you are not with Me, you are against Me.”
“Before Abraham was, I AM.” [I AM is the Name of Jehovah in the Old Testament(Exodus 3). Christ’s enemies knew exactly what He was saying; they took up stones to kill Him. But His time was not yet come.]
“Your sins are forgiven.” [Only God can forgive sin(s)]
“I am the Lord of the Sabbath…”
“Ye call Me Lord and Master and in so saying, ye do well, for so I Am.”
“My kingdom is not of this world”
“You have no power over Me.” [Christ to Pilate]
“I will take [My life] up again.”
“You have said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall you see the Son of man sitting on the [R]ight [H]and of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.”
No man could make these claims and be considered a good man or a good teacher. The man that makes these claims is either a liar, a lunatic, or He is, Who He says He is, there are no other choices. Therefore, to be a good man or to be a good teacher is out of the question. Sherlock Holmes would say, “Once you have eliminated all possibilities, whatever is left, no matter how improbable it may seem, it must be the truth.”
There are many witnesses to Lord Jesus’ identity: There is John the Baptizer, there are the works that He worked, The Old Testament prophecies, God the Father and God the Holy Spirit, the Words He spoke, the (12) twelve (Paul), the (500) five-hundred that saw Him alive after the crucifixtion, changed lives, the recently beheaded and the boiled alive of our time.
Whom say you that He is?
I/We say, Jesus Christ is the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last. He is the Word of God Who became flesh and dwelt among us. He is the Son of God and the Son of man. He is Lord and Saviour. He is my Lord and Saviour. He is I AM. He is the Altogether Lovely One. He is the Blessed Hope. He is my Blessed Hope. He is the Author and the Finisher of my faith. He is the One Who gave His Life for me. He is the One with Whom Brian K. Loder is crucified with: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, Who loved me, and gave Himself for me.
Reader, Whom say you that Jesus Christ is?