Who Is Jesus To You?

Read Mark 8:22–26. The story about a blind man immediately after Jesus warns the disciples of spiritual blindness (vs. 17–18) is probably not coincidental — it’s instructional. Why didn’t Jesus heal the man at once? It is possible that the two-stage restoration of the man’s sight is an illustration for the partial blindness and gradual awakening of the disciples concerning the identity of Jesus.
 
Perhaps that is your condition today. You vaguely know about Jesus but you don’t know Him for who He truly is — the Son of God and Savior of the world. Whatever the condition of your vision of Jesus today, understand that it takes a spiritual awakening, an opening of your spiritual eyes (which is a work of the Holy Spirit within you) to truly see Jesus. See John 15:26; 1 Corinthians 12:3; Ephesians 1:17-18.
 

The Holy Spirit helps us to see and know Jesus for who He really is.

 
Read Mark 8:27–28. All three answers reveal the high regard in which the people held Jesus; they identified him as an authentic prophet and spokesperson for God. Yet all the answers also reflect an inadequate view of his true identity.
 

We can’t define Jesus based on our terms, we must discover Him based on His.

 
People tend to define Jesus in a way that accommodates their current lifestyle. Jesus doesn’t make allowance for that. Instead, he calls people to repent and make their lifestyle acknowledge and accommodate Jesus as Lord.
 
Read Mark 8:29–30. Jesus is interested in your personal response to this question! “Who do you say I am?” Peter answers: You are the Messiah. Matthew’s account of this conversation adds a little more to Peter’s answer. See Matthew 16:13-17.
 

Your confession about Jesus Christ is a matter of life or death.

 
The only confession that saves us is “Jesus is Lord!” when that confession comes from a heart that truly believes in Him. See Romans 10:9-10.
 

Popular opinion about Jesus doesn’t save you. Personal confession saves you.

 
There is no such thing as crowd salvation or bulk salvation. Each person is saved upon their belief in Jesus and confession about Him. So ”Who do you say Jesus is?”