Do you know who you’re dealing with?
Then he asked them, “But who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
Matthew 16:15-16 NLT
Note from Kip…
At times we think we are a bigger dog than we really are. I think maybe more often that we would want to admit.
This encounter with Jesus and His Apostles is intriguing to me. Jesus first ask them who do people say I am. When they responded with an assortment of things that they had heard people say about Jesus, He then asked, who do you say I am.
Peter acknowledges who Jesus is, but later He would deny Jesus. Peter is a lot like us I believe. We find it easy to say we are followers of Christ but when it comes right down to it we really either don’t realize just who we are dealing with or we simply do not believe the words coming out of our mouth.
More Than Words
Jesus is exactly who Peter said he was. He is the Messiah, the Son of God. He is the Great I AM. He is the all powerful, all knowing, all seeing, justice, holy, and loving creator that went to extraordinary lengths to provide a means that we could be His by choice. Even so much so as to hang on a cross, taking in every sin of the world and accept the punishment for those sins.
Question: If you are with me on that last statement, then who do you say Jesus is?
Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
John 14:6 (HCSB)
Because if He is ‘the Way’, we certainly don’t act like that is the case.
There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to people, and we must be saved by it.
Acts 4:12 (HCSB)
If we truly believe that He is the one and only means fo salvation and no one comes to the Father but by way of Jesus, then why are we not much more concerned about those who are living outside His grace?
You need to ask yourself, do you know who you’re dealing with? Are you that small dog sitting on the porch thinking that he has it all under control? Right under the nose of his master’s watchful eye, barking out.
There are a few core fundamentals that Jesus taught us.
The first one is that if we love Him, obedience to Him is not an option.
“If you love Me, you will keep My commands.”
John 14:15 (HCSB)
Uncomplicated, simple directive but do we obey Him? Do we understand that obedience is not an option with Jesus? Do we realize who we are dealing with?
“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Matthew 28:19-20 (HCSB)
One of the other core fundamentals he requires of us is to make disciples of all peoples.
Folks love to dance on the ‘Go, Therefore’, in this passage for ministers and missionaries but Jesus was not talking about those messengers of the Gospel, He was talking to the other messengers of the Gospel. Us, every single one of us that claims to be a follower of Christ Jesus.
Are we disciples? Are we teaching others to be disciples? Are we teaching them to be disciples that teach others to be disciples?
Do you know who you’re dealing with? He didn’t ask. He didn’t suggest. He told us to do it. Remember if we love Him he said we will obey His commands. The Great Commission isn’t call the that because it is a monumental task. It is call the Great Commission because it is our primary function. It is our central mission in life. It is what our Master calls us to be and do.
The choice is yours. Will you be the disciple He calls you to be. The one that leads others to a depth of understanding that they intern feel the responsibility to spread His Gospel and be a disciple maker. Will you truly follow Christ as His disciple.
Or will you be like the little dog sitting on the porch barking at the world that you’re a Christian, while your Master looks on in disappointment that you are unwilling to do the task He sets before you.
They will know we are different if we are truly different. A disciple who makes disciples is different. It’s a fundamental truth. Get off the poarch.