Jesus asked his disciples an important question: “Who do people say that I am?” The way we answer that question changes everything. Some people thought Jesus was a prophet. Some people thought he was a good teacher. Others thought he was John the Baptist (another famous teacher) come back from the dead.
Jesus then asked a different question: “Who do you say that I am?” Peter said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” This answer makes everything different. It changes Jesus from merely a prophet to the Prophet. It changes him from being a good teacher into the Good Teacher. He becomes the King of kings and Lord of lords.
Many Right Answers
We are often many things all at the same time. A woman might claim to be a mother, but she could also be a doctor, a daughter, and a sister at the same time. Each one of those is a “right answer” to who she is. Peter gave the “big picture” answer to Jesus’s question, but, just like us, Jesus is many things.
There are many facets and pictures that accurately describe Jesus. We don’t have to limit ourselves to one picture; the Bible doesn’t do that, so why should we? Jesus describes himself in different ways, and each new description tells us something magnificent and wonderful.
Just Like Us
The apostle Paul claimed to become all things to all people. He meant he would change anything about himself or do whatever was necessary to help someone come to know the Lord. He learned this attitude from Jesus.
Jesus is relatable precisely because he became just like us. He left heaven and took a form like ours. He decided to endure all the temptations we endure and suffer like us, too. Because he’s like us, he understands the difficulty we face. Because Jesus knows our struggles, he is both merciful and relatable. That’s another reason there are many right answers: every time we see a new picture of Jesus, we see another way he is like us.
Plain and Simple
There is a temptation to answer Jesus’s question in complicated, theological jargon. We assume, sometimes, that because something great happened, it must be described in great language. However, it seems like God has taken great pains throughout history to reveal himself with simplicity.
Theology is an awesome thing, but sometimes it can get in our way. Jesus described himself using familiar words and pictures. He taught profound lessons in simple stories. Great thoughts and ideas don’t need to be dressed up in fancy language; they’re already great!
The power of Jesus is seen in the simplicity of the way he describes himself. He is already amazing, so nothing, even lavish language, can add to who he is. We don’t need to embellish Jesus; we just need to know him.
A Savior For Everyone
Regardless of who you are or where you’re from, Jesus is relatable. He makes himself approachable, and he wants to be known. He overcomes all cultural, political, and geographical divides. He is for everyone.
You’re invited to join us over the next few posts as we learn more about Jesus together. We’re going to look at who Jesus is and see all the amazing ways Jesus links himself to us. It’s going to be awesome. You won’t want to miss getting to see Jesus.