Matthew 16:13-19, Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, He was asking His disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; but still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven.”
When it comes to faith in Christ, there seem to be a multitude of questions, from seemingly well intended people. For instance, “What is A Christian?” The answer simply put is one who maintains a right relationship with Jesus the Christ. A Christian has a relationship with Christ which supplants all other relationships in their life. While questions can be important, asking the right question is imperative. In reference to salvation and spiritual life, there are a multitude of questions that people seem to generate with unfailing energy. However, there is one important question, that if answered correctly, will answer all questions and correct more than a few misconceptions.
Peter could have spent a lot of time pointing out the courage of Jesus. Jesus’ teachings were principled, and His earthly/human example was perfect. In the New Testament, Jesus is shown as the only sacrifice, and single focus of our faith. Is someone really sincere when they ask what someone thinks about the Church, Christians, or even God’s people? If they are considering becoming a Christian because they are not one yet, and these are their questions, they are missing the point of salvation and conversion.
The only real question for a lost person is, “What do you think about Jesus?” It is that question, and that answer, alone that will determine their future, from a spiritual standpoint. Every real question one can have about life, success, fulfillment, happiness, joy, service, marriage, worship, personal relationships, etc…, can be answered with the right answer to this one single question. The next question is like it, “What are you going to do with your answer to the previous questions?” The truth of life is that every answer to every important question comes down to our treatment and understanding of the subject of Jesus Christ.
So, your question is a simple one, “What do you think about Jesus?” How you answer this will determine if you are ever going to find true happiness, joy, and worth in life. How you answer this will determine the value of every relationship you will ever have. How you answer this will determine your entire eternity. It will give direction to your life down to the finest point. How you parent, how you spouse, how you labor, how you worship, how you treat your neighbor, and how you spend your recreational time. It will answer all of the most important questions we can have, and help us see how to change the worst aspects of ourselves.
So, what is your question? Godspeed on your journey…