Who is Jesus to you

He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered and said to Him, “You are the Christ.” Mark 8:29

Are you aware that how you see Jesus determines what you receive from Him? For example, if you see Jesus as your healer, you will receive healing. Also, if you see Jesus as your refuge and fortress, you will receive protection.  

The people of Nazareth which was Jesus’ hometown, saw Jesus only in the natural. They said of Him, “Is this not the carpenter’s son? Is not His mother called Mary? And His brothers James, Joses, Simon, and Judas? And His sisters, are they not all with us?” (Matthew 13:55-56). Again, they only saw Jesus in the natural. They did not see Him as God in the flesh. As a result, He could not do many mighty works there (Matthew 13:58). Notice it didn’t say He WOULDN’T, it said He COULDN’T. Their unbelief hindered the flow of God’s power to heal.  

Today, many people, including some philosophers, see Jesus of Nazareth as a good person who led an exemplary life. They feel that if all of us could live our lives like Him, the world would be a better place.  

They don’t see Jesus as the bread of God who came from heaven to give life to the world (John 6:33). They don’t see Him as the one who came to give them living water, so that they would never thirst again (John 4:14). They don’t see Him as the Lamb of God, who took away the sin of the world (John 1:29). Therefore, they don’t receive from Him what they need because they don’t esteem Him rightly.  

Jesus did not come just to set a good example for man to follow. He came to be our Redeemer (Galatians 3:13). He came to be our righteousness (1 Corinthians 1:30). He came to be our shepherd, so that we will not lack anything (Psalm 23:1).  

Jesus asked His disciples once, “But who do you say that I am?” How YOU answer this question depends on how YOU see Jesus. And how you see Jesus will determine how and what you receive from Him. So see Him as your God, as everything He claims to be in His Word, and He will do mighty works in your life. Wow, what a blessed truth to know. Thank you Jesus.