When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, "Who do people say the Son of Man is?" They replied, "Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets." "But what about you?" he asked. "Who do you say I am?" Simon Peter answered, "You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God." – Matthew 16:13-16
If Jesus were to ask you this question, how would you answer? Is He your Lord and Messiah, like He is to Peter? Is He a bit more to you, maybe? You know, one thing I love to do is praise Jesus. I praise Him for everything He is to me.
He is my joy, my best friend, my brother. Jesus is my Savior, my Lord, and Messiah. I know without Him, I would be nothing or amount to nothing. It is the way I have always felt anyway.
Jesus is my Joy
Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls. – 1 Peter 1:8-9
In my opinion, joy is completely different than happiness. It is deeper, stronger. For me, it is an assurance of God’s love and works in my life. That no matter what comes, He will be there. Jesus is my Joy because he saves, He saved me, and reunited me with God the Father. He is the only way to get close to the Father. Nothing can separate me from Him any longer, no sin or anything. And I know that no matter the situation or circumstance, He is right there by my side. It is comforting and brings me all kinds of joy. I am filled with such inexpressible and glorious joy! He brought the salvation of my soul!
Jesus is my Best Friend
I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. – John 15:15
Remember that time when the woman subject to bleeding reached out her hand to touch Jesus’ cloak while in the crowd? She did so because she thought that if she could at least touch Him, she would be healed. What did Jesus do? He turned around and asked the crowd who it was that touched Him. Now, I do not think it was because He did not know who it was. I think it was because He wanted the woman to approach Him. Just like God did in the Garden of Eden, asking Adam where he was. Jesus is God in the flesh after all.
There are things that God knows about me that not even the closest person in my life knows. I can easily approach Him with any concern I have of mine, any sin, joy, praise, news (good or bad). Yeah, He already knows about it, but He wants me to approach Him with it nonetheless. And here is the thing: He won’t leave. I think we can all say that we have had friends walk out of our lives before. They come and go. But not Him. He never leaves. He is truly the best of friends.
Jesus is my Brother
Whoever does God's will is my brother and sister and mother. – Mark 3:35
As any brother would, he cares for those who love him. You know that saying, “blood is thicker than water?” Well, yeah, it is true, especially when that blood is Jesus’ blood. The body of Christ, the family of Christ, is so warm and inviting. God’s family does not exclude anyone. It allows anyone the privilege of becoming a part of the family. This family has truly provided me such love and care on a deep, personal level that really cannot be found elsewhere. Amongst other believers, and Christ. I am happy to call Jesus a brother, after all, he calls me His sister.
Jesus is my Savior, Lord, Messiah
Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. – Luke 2:11
Jesus delivered me from sin. He delivered you from sin. He went to the Cross for us. He paid the price for our sins, died the death we should have endured. He opened the way to peace with God. Because of Him, we are born again and can live eternally with Him, our Lord, and Savior.
There are so many other things I could share about what Jesus is to me. He is so much more than just my joy, my best friend, and my brother. But when it comes down to it, like Peter, I will always say that He is the Messiah, the Son of the Living God. He is our Lord and Savior.
Hey, if you want, I would love to hear who Jesus is to you! Who do you say He is and why? Let’s share and glorify our Lord and Savior! Have a blessed weekend!