WHO IS THIS JESUS?
Vimal R. Ram
Who is this jesus you talk about every day? This line of that meaningful song began to ring bells in my mind. Jesus also asked this question once to His disciples in a different way. He first asked them, "What do men say that I the Son of Man am?" Their answer revealed the general opinion of the people, all noteworthy of course, but the next question carried much greater value, for it was related to each one of His disciples (we included) personally, and that made the difference. Jesus asked, "But who do you say that I am?" (Matt.16:15). What would have been my answer if I was asked this question? I am a child of God, saved, baptised in water and in the Holy Spirit, walking with Him daily and serving Him just as His chosen disciples were doing. But still the Lord asked them, "Who do you say that I am?" Yes, we must know who our Jesus is and what all He means to us for our own sake and also to be able to tell the world when they want to know who this Jesus, we talk about everyday, is - being instant in season and out of season.
Once Jesus and His disciples were going across a sea in a ship when a great storm arose. Big and fierce waves covered the ship. The disciples were sore afraid and woke Jesus up from His sleep saying, "Lord, save us, we perish." Jesus arose and rebuked the sea and the wind and at once there was a great calm. They began to marvel and say, "What manner of Man is this that even the winds and the sea obey Him?"This is how they came to know Him that day.
What Does Jesus Mean To You?
"But who do you say that I am?" Peter was the only one who answered Him, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." Jesus called Peter 'blessed', because flesh and blood had not revealed that to him, but the Father in heaven. Oh! If only the Father in heaven finds us also worthy to reveal such glorious truths to us! The glorious church (Eph.5:27) is built on such rock-like faith and knowledge of our Lord on which the gates of hell shall not prevail.
Who is this Jesus? Peter knew Him to be the Son of God, His Christ, and also as the only source of truth (Jn.6:68). Paul came to know Him as the Saviour of great sinners and the author and finisher of our faith and so he could boldly say, "For I know whom I have believed!" (2Tim.1:12). Matthew presented Him as the King, Mark as the Wonder-worker doing His Father's work without delay, straightaway. John knew Him as the Son of God, the Bread and Water of life, the Light of the world, the good Shepherd. All those who found this true Lord God and accepted Him as the Lord of their lives, knew Him in so many ways by their personal experiences. Yet, their knowledge (and ours too) is like the knowledge of those blind men who went to see an elephant and found him to be like a pillar, wall, rope or a sieve, wherever they could touch and feel him. Oh! There is so much, yet, to know about our Lord.
Some know Him as the Rock of their salvation, others know Him as Jehovah Nissi, Jehovah Jireh, Jehovah Rapha! King David knew Him as "The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want." After seeing the nail-pierced hands and the side of Jesus, Thomas knew Him as "My Lord and my God!" And we know he came to India and made Jesus known to India (in the South) and became a martyr in Madras. The writer of this song further says,"Now listen while I tell you what He means to me. He is my everything, He is my all. He is my everything, both great and small. He gave Himself for me, made everything new. He is my everything, now how about you?"
How much do I/we know Him? Knowing Him brings us more close to Him and helps us to love Him more and more. And then Jesus will not have to say to us, "You have left your first love…" (Rev.2:4-5). So let us come to know Him more and more, day by day, and also make Him known to others who are saying, asking, "Who is this Jesus you talk about everyday?"