2000-09-01 - Who is He?
John 9:18-20 (NASB) And it happened that while He was praying alone, the disciples were with Him, and He questioned them, saying, "Who do the people say that I am?'' They answered and said, "John the Baptist, and others say Elijah; but others, that one of the prophets of old has risen again.'' And He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?'' And Peter answered and said, "The Christ of God.''
Who is Jesus? To some people of His day, including some of His family members, He was a lunatic. And to be fair to them in their misjudgement, if we saw someone walking the streets of America today, saying "I'm the Son of God," etc., we would probably try to get him committed to a psychiatric ward. To some non-Christians today, He is a kind, wise teacher, but no more - certainly not someone we must obey. There would be too much to lose.
To even some Christians, He is God's Son, but He surely does not expect us to live up to His impractical standards -- forgiving those who hurt us, sacrificing to help the poor, loving even those who do not "deserve" it (not that any of us do). After all, we live in the "real world."
But what should He be to us? He should be our Master, our Lord, our Very Best Friend. We should consult Him on every decision we make - whether it's about business, school, relationships, how to spend our money or what we do with our spare time. Think about it - if strangers looked at your checkbook register or credit card statement, or watched you in your leisure time, would they be able to tell that Jesus is your Master?
Everything we do or say is "His" business. Every corner of our lives is His to control, and He wants to do it - lovingly and for our own good. We should turn to Him with our joys and our sorrows. We need to study His word daily, asking Him to help us apply it to our lives. For in fact, He does hold us to His standards. Though He is always standing with open arms, eager to forgive us when we fail Him, His goal for us is to aim high, to follow in His footsteps.
I urge you to join me in asking Jesus to help us to truly allow Him to be Master of all areas of our lives.