Who Do You Say I Am?
“Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Matthew 16:13-14
My oldest son, Taevan Schad, is studying to be a preacher of the Gospel of Jesus Christ at St. Louis Christian College and he recently wrote an engaging post saying—
“Sometimes things have to be sacrificed for clarity. Like time with friends, social media, food, and clothes. But there's one thing that cannot be sacrificed: our relationship with Jesus.
We ‘work ourselves ragged’ by running from the world around us and we think the solution is in ‘finding ourselves.’ It's selfish and ridiculous to think that I can find the answer in who I am. Instead, maybe it's time we start rediscovering our identities in Jesus Christ.
Yeah Jesus, that taboo teacher in His early 30's. Jesus is the man who made audacious claims that we could have a direct line and personal relationship with God the Father—and that He was ‘the Way, the Truth, and the Life’ that made it all possible. Jesus had the authority to say these things because His miracles verified that He was the one sent from heaven. His resurrection gave us confidence that our bodies would rise again. He could say it because He is the Son of God. And there is no threat. No power. No fear. Nothing can ever take the power of Christ away from us. Praise be to God.”
Of course, as a father I was proud of his post—but as a co-laborer in Christ, I am deeply convicted. You see, I’ve collected many labels to define who I am. I am a non-denominational, conservative, evangelical, missional, Arminian, restoration pastor. And that’s just the short version for my business cards. With all these labels, I’ve found that it is indeed short-sighted and silly to create my own identity—rather than be defined by the great “I AM”.
Jesus comes with the most important question we’ll ever be asked—“Who do you say I Am?” It’s more than a question, really; it’s an invitation to mine the depths of His character, His motives, His mission, and His deep love for you and me. And when we do—when we seek to better know this great I Am—all our labels will fall to the floor and we will finally understand the image and identity we were created to bear.
All for Jesus, ~Pastor Karl