A young English lad on the night of January 6, 1850, is on his way to a scheduled appointment, only to find himself besieged by a snow storm. As the snow and fierce winds beat against him he looked for a place of shelter to get out of the storm. Spying a dim light in the distance and thinking it to be an inn of some sort, he proceeded to enter, only to find himself in a Primitive Methodist Chapel. The weather was so bad that the Pastor was not able to get to the service. As the very few handful of souls who had braved the weather that morning sat in silence, a very thin man, a lowly shoemaker, stood up and went to the pulpit to fill in for the missing Pastor.
It was obvious that this man was not an educated Pastor, just a simple man. Opening his Bible, he read from Isaiah 45:22: “Look unto Me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth.”
The young man would later state that this common man could not even pronounce the words rightly, but that didn’t really matter for there was a power behind his simple words.
The message began with this dear humble man stating: “It says, ‘look,’ no looking don’t take a deal of pain. It ain’t lifting your foot or finger; it is just ‘look.’ Anyone can look, even a child can look.
“But then the Text says, ‘look unto Me,’ look to Christ!”
The young man said that, “The eyes of this uneducated man looked right at me and said, ‘Young man, look to Jesus Christ. Look! Look! Look! You have nothing to do but look.’”
The young man at once was convicted of his sin and accepted the Lord. That young man was none other than Charles Haddon Spurgeon, who would go on to become one of England’s great pastors.
THE QUESTION OF THE AGES
In the Text, we find the Lord asking His Disciples the question, “Whom do men say I am?” This one question constitutes the question of the ages. How one answers this question determines where they will spend eternity. How one answers this question determines what you really know about Jesus Christ. How you answer that question determines who you are and where you are going.
THE CHURCH HAS FORGOTTEN WHO CHRIST IS
If one could somehow be able to observe all the Sunday morning services in their town, what kind of Jesus (if any) would be presented? In too many churches in America, the Jesus presented is not the Jesus of the Bible. In many churches, Christ is the Great Philosopher. Or He is the Great Environmentalist in the sky. In too many churches, Christ is just a good guy who wants to make you feel good about yourself and have a good laugh.
“BUT WHO DO YOU SAY I AM?”
Jesus was now speaking directly to His Disciples. Now understand they had walked with Him, they had seen His Mighty Works and Miracles. Yet He still asks the question. In effect, He was drawing them out, and today He is drawing you out.
Association and proximity to Christ doesn’t mean one knows Christ. How many people sitting on our church pews really know who Christ is? There is only one correct answer.
“THOU ART THE CHRIST”
Luke says in his account, “The Christ of God.” Christ means anointed and in this sense referred to Him being the Messiah and King. Anointed means to consecrate to a specific office, an office that only He could fulfill.
“WHO IS JESUS CHRIST?”
He is the Son of God, Redeemer of mankind, He is the Anointed One, the Specific One, the Unique One of a kind, He is the One Spurgeon called on an was saved. “Who is Jesus Christ”: one name or title doesn’t do justice.
The Word of God tells us that Jesus Christ is:
- The Seed of the woman, Jehovah, Shiloh and the Star out of Jacob.
- Who is Jesus Christ? He is the Prophet, King, Rock of Salvation, the Anointed One, the Son of God.
- Who is Jesus Christ? He is the Sanctuary, He is Wonderful, He is Counselor, He is the Mighty God, He is the Prince of Peace, the Everlasting Father.
- Who is Jesus Christ? He is the Rock of Jesse, the Branch, the Polished Shaft, Desire of all nations.
- Who is Jesus Christ? Son of Righteousness, Refiner and Purifier, the Son of Abraham, the Son of David, Master, Son of Man, the Great Physician and our Sabbath Rest.
- Who is Jesus Christ? He is the Bridegroom, the Friend of sinners, Horn of Salvation, the Word, the Lamb of God, and the Gift of God. He is the Bread of Life, He is the Light of the World, He is our Great Shepherd, He is the Way, the Truth, and He is the Life.
- Who is Jesus Christ? He is the Door, He is the Passover, He is the Author and Finisher of our faith, He is a nail in a sure place, He is the Morning Star, He is the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, He is the King of kings, Lord of lords.
- Who is Jesus Christ? He is the Savior, the Healer, the Baptizer in the Holy Spirit. He is Christ, the Son of the Living God, the only One Who can redeem mankind from His sin and make that person a brand new Creation.
Who is Jesus Christ? He is my Savior and my Lord, that’s Who Jesus Christ is.