Matthew 16:13-14 NKJV
When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?” So they said, “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
Jesus’ identity has always been a problem with many people even to this day and age. When Jesus was on earth, people did not really know Him nor did they know who He was. Even to this present day, there are people who have doubts regarding Jesus’ true identity. Some doubters and unbelievers will ask the following: Was He a prophet? Was He a teacher? Was He just a very intelligent man and philosopher? Did he really resurrect? Is He just a legend? Is He really the Son of God?
Therefore the world has its own perceptions of who Jesus.
In Caesarea Philippi, Jesus was interested in knowing from His disciples what the perception of other people was regarding His identity.
Your perception of God has a direct influence on how you relate to Him. Therefore if you perceive God in the wrong way, then your knowledge and appreciation of Him will be wrong. However if you have the right perception of Him, then your knowledge and relationship with Him will be good.
The Pharisees and other unbelievers failed to experience and appreciate who Jesus was because of their unbelief. This unbelief was caused by a wrong perception of who they thought Jesus was.
Matthew 13:54-58 NKJV
When He had come to His own country, He taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished and said, “Where did this Man get this wisdom and these mighty works? 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? Where then did this Man get all these things?” So they were offended at Him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own country and in his own house.” Now He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief.
We find that Jesus did not do many miracles in His own country because of the unbelief of the people. The people who watched Jesus grow up as a young boy had the wrong perception of Jesus. They saw Jesus as “the carpenter’s son” and not as the Son of God. They thought that Jesus was merely a flawed human just like His brothers or siblings. They saw Jesus in the natural and not in the spiritual and such a wrong perception caused them not to honor Jesus for Who He really was.
As a result of their misconception of who Jesus’ identity, they then failed to experience the mighty works that Jesus could have done in their lives.
TODAY. Ask yourself: Do you have the right perception of who Jesus is? Who is Jesus in your life? Is He your Lord & Saviour?
DO YOU WANT TO BE A CHRISTIAN or A FOLLOWER OF JESUS CHRIST???
1. ACKNOWLEDGE: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). “God be merciful to me a sinner” (Luke 18:13).
You must acknowledge that you are a sinner and that you therefore need Jesus in your life.
2. REPENT: “Unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3), “Repent therefore and be converted that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19)
Repenting means: to change your mind; a sincere turning away, in heart, mind and action;
Therefore God wants you to repent of sinful values and of sinful living. God wants you to decide to
follow Him and to make Jesus the Lord of your life.
3. CONFESSION: “If we confess our sins. He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9)
God is a forgiving God. God will forgive any sin that you have done because Jesus died for ALL your sins and to set you free from the bondage of all types of sin in your life.
4. BELIEVE: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
You must believe that ONLY Jesus can save you and restore your relationship with God. You must believe that Jesus is the ONLY way by which you can have everlasting life and escape from eternal separation from God. You must believe that Jesus died on the cross for you and resurrected from the grave.
“He came to His own, and His own did not receive him, But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (John 1:11-12)
By faith, You must receive Jesus as Your Lord & Savior and therefore; you become a child of God; you become born again; you become a Christian; you restore your broken relationship with God
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We become born again Christians by GRACE through FAITH or TOTAL TRUST in Jesus Christ as our Lord & Savior (Galatians 3:26) & (Ephesians 2:8,9). Salvation is a FREE gift received through FAITH in Christ.
PLEASE NOTE: You can choose to pray in your own words. This prayer is a sample prayer and it is only an EXPRESSION of your faith, belief & trust in Jesus. Salvation is by GRACE through FAITH or BELIEVING in Christ Jesus as your Lord & Saviour.
“Lord Jesus, I thank You for Your love. I thank You that You died on the cross for me and resurrected so that I may have life through You.
I confess Lord that I have sinned against You and today I ask You to forgive me of all of my sins, past present and future.
I repent of all of my sins and I ask You to cleanse me Jesus.
Thank You for forgiving my sins.
From this moment, come into my life Lord Jesus & take full control of my life. I want to follow You Jesus and I want to follow Your ways. Save me and from today, make me the person You want me to be.
I receive You Lord Jesus right now by faith. I trust You as my Lord and Savior – Amen”
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