Matthew 16:15 Who Do You Say Jesus Is?

Who Do You Say I Am

“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Matthew 16:15 

After having been in public ministry for a while, Jesus asks the disciples who the people think He is. They give the answers of different prophets of the Old Testament. Then Jesus asks them directly who they think He is.

The question of who Jesus is or was is still being asked to this day. Every year around Christmas and Easter, the news media is flooded with questions and answers on who Jesus was. The impact Jesus had on this world is still affecting people to this day.

There are very few people in the world today who deny that Jesus actually lived and died on this earth. The evidence of His existence is too great for any rational person to deny that He was a person. The question though that needs to be asked is not if He existed, but who was He?

People have not really changed their answer since the days Jesus asked the disciples that question. Although people today do not claim that He was one of the Old Testament prophets, many still look at Him as just a prophet or a teacher. Millions of Muslims will see Jesus as a great prophet. Millions of Buddhists will see Him as a great teacher. While both are right in that He was a great prophet and teacher, He was more than that.

Peter saw Jesus as the Messiah, Savior, Son of God. This was a lot more than just a prophet or teacher. This could also not be seen by just looking at Jesus. Looking at Jesus, He was just a regular man, just like everyone else. Looking with the eyes of God into the spiritual realm, revealed that Jesus was much more, He was God’s Son, the Savior.

As you read this, think about who you say Jesus is. Who is He really to you?

You cannot rely on the answers of other people, your parents, friends, or church. You need to have your own answer.

Read the Bible and see what it reveals about who Jesus is. Once you have made your decision, you must be willing to let others know also.

If you are truly open to what the Bible says, you will also be like Peter and realize that Jesus was much more than just another man.

Who do you say Jesus is?

I pray today that God will reveal who Jesus is to you; that you will know for yourself who Jesus is; that you will have a personal relationship with Jesus; and that you will share with the world who Jesus is.


Matthew 8:8 True Humility And Faith

The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed.” Matthew 8:8

A Roman centurion had come to Jesus to tell him about a servant of his who was paralyzed and needed healing. Jesus offered to come and heal the servant, however, the centurion stated that he did not want Jesus to come to his place. He did not feel worthy of the presence of Jesus in his home. All he needed was for Jesus to just say the word to heal his servant.

In this world there are some famous celebrities, actors, singers, sports-players, who believe that they are the best. They are worthy to have only the best in their presence or can go to anyone they want, at anytime that they want. There is no humility in their lives.

Even in the church there are many people who feel that they deserve to have God in their presence and are worthy of being healed or getting some prayer answered. This is often felt because of some action that they had done in the past or because of how they prayed. In thinking this way, there is little to no humility in their lives.

The centurion knew who he was before Jesus, but also had faith in Jesus. He was willing to allow Jesus to just speak the word to heal his servant.

Some people want Jesus to heal in a certain, big miraculous way. They are not willing to just take His word at it. Taking the word of Jesus at face value is showing true faith in Him. It is not about being better or worse, but just faith and humility before Him.

You are a child of God and have the right to stand before Him in His courts. You do have the right to go into His presence any time you want. However, that right is only because of what Jesus has done for you. If He had not died on the cross for you, you would not have that right.

When you go before God with a need, go with humility, knowing that in reality you do not deserve to even be heard. However, at the same time, go in faith, knowing that God loves you, will hear you, and will answer you. You are a child of God.

I pray today that you will know who you are in Jesus; that you will know that God hears your prayers; that you will know that God can meet all of your needs; and that you will have true faith in God.


Zephaniah 3:17 God Will Rejoice Over You

The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing. Zephaniah 3:17

As Israel was being punished for rejecting God and following false gods, God showed Zephaniah that there would come a day when it would be different. God would be saving the people and taking great delight in them. When Jesus came to the earth, God would reach out to the people and provide the salvation that they need. At that time God would be rejoicing over His people.

When a person, who has known God, but walked away from Him, he is usually very miserable. He feels the punishment or correction of God upon his life. God is trying to call him back.

Once the person returns to God, often he still feels the guilt of his past. He feels as though God is still not happy with him and is punishing him for his past sins.

God does not work that way. The purpose in His sending His Son Jesus was to provide for salvation from the past sins. Jesus removes all the sin and guilt in the life of a person. His righteousness is imparted onto the person, so that the person can stand before God.

At that point God rejoices in His child. His infinite love for the person takes over and God rejoices.

If you have chosen to repent of your sins and follow Jesus, God is also rejoicing over you. He is the mighty warrior who can overcome all the sin in your life and remove that sin. God is excited to spend time with you. Because of His great love, He does not want to rebuke you anymore, but to shower His love down upon you.

All of heaven rejoices when one sinner is saved. God is in that group of those in heaven rejoicing over you. God is jumping up and down with joy to spend time with you. He is singing songs to the angels in heaven about you.

You no longer have to fear God, because He is there for you, not against you. Build that great relationship with God today. He is not out to strike you, but to spend time with you and rejoice over you.

I pray today that you will know God’s love for you; that you will know Jesus removed your sins; that you will know God is not out to rebuke you; and that you will know God loves to spend time with you.


November 24, 2017 Memory Verse

John 14_6


Hosea 6:3 Press In To Acknowledge The Lord

Let us acknowledge the LORD; let us press on to acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth. Hosea 6:3

Israel was unfaithful to God and had forsaken Him by following after many different idols. God chose to punish them, by placing them into exile under the control of other nations. Hosea is putting out a call to the people to turn back to God and acknowledge Him.

Despite the punishment, God was ready to revive them and restore them. His prophecy looks forward to the time of Jesus dying on the cross, then raising from the dead to restore them. It was going to come, just like the rains come and they were to look forward to it.

As the rains stops for a time and the ground dries up, it appears as though God has forgotten His people. There are cracks in the ground and the crops are not growing. It appears as though they are completely rejected. Yet, the rains will come again in the right time.

When there are many troubles and people have turned away from God, it is difficult for many people to be willing to acknowledge God. They feel that because of all the troubles, God is not in control and they seek their help from somewhere else, other gods.

Yet, God is always working on behalf of all people. His goal is to revive everyone to live for Him and have a full life. There will come a time when He will appear in the life of a believer and bring relief, just like the rains bring relief to the ground. Just as one can trust that the rains will come to water the ground, one can trust Jesus will return and be there.

Acknowledge that God knows what is best for your life. Acknowledge that He is the King and the One who is in control. Push to let others know this information. Allow God to be first in every area of your life. As that happens, God will come near to you. He will show Himself in and through you.

Acknowledge God today, so that He will be able to acknowledge you when Jesus returns.

I pray today that you will know God personally; that you will acknowledge God in all that you do; that you will know God’s presence; and that God will revive you to a full life with Him.


Daniel 12:1-2 What Will You Arise To?

“At that time Michael, the great prince who protects your people, will arise. There will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then. But at that time your people–everyone whose name is found written in the book–will be delivered. Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt.” Daniel 12:1-2

Daniel is given one last final vision of the end of everything. There is a period of extreme distress and turmoil, such as never been seen before. Once that is done it is the time when Jesus returns and everyone is raised up for the final judgment. Those whose names are in the Book are raised to eternal life, while the rest are condemned to eternal contempt.

Most human being lives as though he is finite, that this world is all that they can or will ever know. They live for today and today only, rarely thinking about tomorrow or extremely far into the future. Those that do think about tomorrow are usually thinking about investments, retirement or vacations, not eternal life.

It is easy to understand why most people don’t think about eternity much, all people die, appearing to be at the end. The human body is finite, but the spirit never completely dies once made.

When Jesus returns, someday in the future, every person that has died will be raised from the dead and then will be judged. Those who have their name in the Lamb’s Book of Life, the book Jesus carries, those who have repented of their sins and follow Jesus, will be raised to eternal life. It will be an enjoyable life for eternity.

Those who do not have their names in that book will also be raised for judgment. They will also have life for eternity, but it will be one of condemnation and contempt. God will be set against them and cast them into the lake of fire for eternity for punishment. The punishment is for refusing to accept God’s offer for life, and to refuse follow and serve God with their whole lives.

What does your future hold? Is it one of eternal life with God?

Or is it one with eternal contempt, away from God?

You can choose to follow Jesus today and have eternal life in your future.

I pray today that you will serve Jesus with all of your life; that you will turn from all sin to follow God and His ways; that your name will be written in the Lamb’s Book of Life; and that you will be a witness to others to lead them to Jesus. 


Romans 6:23 Memory Verse

Here is a short, but great verse to know and memorize.