Matthew 17:1-3

Matthew 17:1-3

The more you search, the more you dig, the more you learn about how awesome this God is.Jesus asked the question…Who do you say I am? I think this is a question that you could ask yourself every day of your life. You could wake up in the morning and say, “You know what, Lord? Who do I say You are today?” And I think you’d be amazed at the answer that you’ll get from yourself. Every day, Who Jesus is to us changes based on our life circumstances. We judge God. Do you realize that? You and I, based on my circumstances crawling out of bed and moving into my day, we judge God. Oh, we’re not supposed to, but we do it. I guarantee you that you do it, because it is our nature to judge. It is in our flesh to judge. And you know what? We’re told not to judge one another, but then we are told that we are to look for fruit, we’re to look for certain scenarios in a person to tell us whether they’re living a good life or a bad life so we know whether or not to associate with them, right? So we have to know how to judge in some cases. And so often, we allow for God to fall into that same category of people we know and we judge Him when He doesn’t do things the way we think He should…

Who is Jesus to you? Is He truly the Christ, the Son of the Living God? And for most of us, what does that mean: the Christ, the Son of the Living God? You know, we get so caught up in fancy words, and we like to say them, but what does it really mean in here? It boils down to Who is Jesus to you? Who is God to you? Is He your Savior? Is He your Redeemer?…

You know, in John chapter fifteen, this is my view of Jesus and has been for many years… In John chapter fifteen He tells His disciples, “I no longer call you servants, but I call you friends.” And so, I have this view of Jesus being my friend, not this high and lofty, who-can-even-imagine-what-heaven’s-like type of a God. He’s my friend. He walks with me. I hear Him speak to me. From time to time, I’ve felt Him touch me. I know He’s there motivating me. He’s helped me make decisions, and He’s stepped back when I’ve made wrong decisions and let me make those wrong decisions and didn’t abandon me. He’s been my friend. But to call Him the Christ, the Son of the Living God? You know, that’s a bit lofty for my mind. I don’t carry that thought with me through my day, and so every day I’m grappling with this idea of Who is Jesus to me? Who is Jesus to you?…

He’s there for me. Someone I could just walk up to and put my arms around and hug. I don’t see this glowing, powerful, almighty God Jesus, Who in a moment can just become Who He is and then become a man again. I don’t quite have that picture in my head. I wake up every morning, I go out to ¬†work, and I say, “Good morning, Lord,” just as if I was saying good morning to [you], and I walk through my day and I talk to Him because He’s my Friend….

You know who it is that you’re serving? You’re serving God, the One Who created all that you see around you. You’re serving God, Who holds the molecules of your body together… The more you search, the more you dig, the more you learn about how awesome this God is…

Do you realize that your Friend, the One Who loves you, the One Who died for you, gives this picture and will be this picture one day for us? Glowing in all of His glory, standing in all of His might. And the amazing thing is, He’s still going to call you friend. He’s still going to call you child. He’s still going to love you even though you may not be looking as bright as He is.

Who is Jesus to you?… Look at how you’ve walked with Jesus already. What you’ve done with, for and through Him. The things that you’ve done that you wish that He hadn’t been there when you did them. Okay? And ask yourself, “Now, would I have done it had He been standing there glowing like that? Would I have made that decision if that Jesus was standing behind me looking over my shoulder?” Take time this week. Ask yourself that question. Let it ring in your ears and ring in your heart. Who is Jesus to you? That’s a question He asks. It doesn’t matter Who He is to everybody else. You know what? I want everybody to know Jesus, and I want them to know Who I think Jesus is, but more than that, I want them to know what this [the Bible] says Jesus is, and Who Jesus says He is about Himself. And guess what? For me to do that, I have to know Who Jesus is, so I’ve got to ask myself the question, just as you need to ask yourself the question. Who is Jesus to you? Who is He? Really, Who is He?

Pastor Dave Elkins