Yesterday at church my pastor continued his series called Building The Kingdom. While he spoke so much in this sermon that was good, the Lord highlighted something that I want to dig a little deeper on.
13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.Matthew 1:13-17
Jesus wasn’t wondering what the popular opinion was of the day. What’s the news on the street? What do the headlines say? He is after the heart of His disciples. He asks, “Who do you say that I am?” My pastor stated that too many Christians live by what the consensus of the day says about Jesus.
We all want our lives to matter. Don’t we? We build platforms and create value statements to live by. When we live by consensus our platforms and value statements must change for us to stay relevant and to keep popular opinion on our side. But Jesus isn’t after consensus, is He? He is after a statement of faith in our lives that does not change. This comes from those, “who do you say that I am?” – moments in life!
We have to have a personal revelation of who Jesus is for ourselves! Jesus said to Peter, “Blessed are you, (Peter) Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.” No human made of flesh and blood, no consensus figured this out! No, it was the Father who is in heaven that gave this nugget of truth to the heart of Peter. This nugget would literally change the course of this mans life. He would go from a fisherman, to a denier, to a mighty man of God and it all started with following and finding out who Jesus really was!
There was another man named Paul who had a similar experience:
11 For I would have you know, brothers, that the gospel that was preached by me is not man’s gospel.12 For I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ.Galatians 1:11-12
One day almost 21 years ago I had a revelation that God was real when I read Romans 10: 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. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. I sat back and said, “It’s that simple?” and I heard God that day say, “yes it is!” and I received the revelation that God is real, a revelation that can not be taken from me.
Since then the Lord has revealed Himself to me as Savior, Faithful, Perfect in all of His ways, Father, and more. Revelation changes everything!
How has He revealed Himself to you?
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He has revealed Himself to me as a Father, Friend, and Protector.