Who do ‘you’ say that I am?

Once when Jesus was traveling with His disciples He asked them ‘Who do people say that I am?’ Wherever Jesus went, large crowds of people followed Him and they witnessed the miracles He performed and they observed the words He spoke in His sermons. Many of the people probably wondered who Jesus was.  But then in Luke 9:18-20 Jesus asks Peter, His disciple, ‘Who do you say that I am?’ and Peter answers ‘God’s Messiah’! Peter spoke with lots of conviction, yet his faith had a long way to go, there would even come a point in his life later where he would deny that he even knew Jesus. Peter and the disciples would become men of faith after they saw the resurrected Christ and it was then they could profess that Jesus was truly the Son of God.

In every age since the first followers of Jesus made their profession of faith in him, men and women of faith have had to come to terms with who Jesus is and what he means for them.As we go into the Christmas season, celebrating the birth of the Messiah, take a little time to reflect on these passages that the Scriptures heralds about the deity of the Messiah. Who is Jesus Christ to you?

(The following list is posted from Tyndale’s Wilmington guide to the Bible pp.346-348, 616-618)

The Deity of Jesus Christ the Savior of the world-

  1. His deity was declared by angels
  • by Gabriel to Mary (Luke 1:26-33)
  • by Gabriel to Joseph (Matthew 1:20-23)
  • by Gabriel (?) to some shepherds (Luke 2:8-11)
  • by Gabriel (?) to some women (Matthew 28:5-6)

2. His deity was declared by the Father

  • at his baptism (Matthew 3:16-17)
  • at his transfiguration (Matthew 17:5)
  • shortly before his passion (John 12:27-28)

3. His deity was declared by his mighty miracles (John 20:30,31: 21:25)

4. His deity was declared by his powerful sermons ((Luke 4:32; John 7:46)

5. His deity was declared by his accurate prophecies (Matthew 26:32)

6. His deity was declared by his sinless life

  • as attested by Pilate (John 19:4)
  • by Pilate’s wife (Matthew 27:19
  • by Judas (Matthew 27:4)
  • by the dying thief (Luke 23:41)
  • by the Roman centurion (Luke 23:47)

7. His deity was declared by demons

  • as he healed a maniac (Matthew 8:28-29)
  • as he healed a man in Capernaum (Luke 4:33-34)
  • as he healed many in Capernaum (Luke 4:41, Mark 3:11)

8. His deity was declared by those who worshipped him

  • the shepherds (Luke 2:15)
  • the wise men (Matthew 2:2,11)
  • a leper (Matthew 8:2)
  • a ruler (Matthew 9:18)
  • a Gentile mother (Matthew 15:25)
  • a Hebrew mother (Matthew 20:20)
  • a maniac (Mark 5:6)
  • a blind man (John 9:38)
  • an apostle (Thomas) (John 20:28)
  • all apostles (Matthew 14:38; 28:9)

9. His deity was declared by Satan (Matthew 4:3, 6)

10. His deity was declared by himself

  • He referred to himself as the Son of God (John 9:35; 10:36; 11:4)
  • He forgave sins (Mark 2:5, 10)
  • He is man’s judge (John 5:22, 27)
  • He is the author of life (John 5:24, 28, 29)
  • He is to be honored like the Father (John 5:23)
  • He alone can save (John 10:28; Luke 19:10; John 14:6

14 comentarii (+add yours?)

  1. George W.Galis
    dec. 13, 2010 @ 21:26:00

    Am fost placut surprins cand am descoperit aparitia blogului. Acum inteleg
    interesul tau in studiul biblic, timpul tau, aproape zilnic in biblioteca. Provocarea
    pe care mi-ai facut-o la unele discutii. Da acum inteleg interesul tau. I-ti doresc
    succes in tot ce ti-ai propus, ca totul sa fie spre slava lui Dumnezeu, si spre folo-
    sul altora si al nostru . Good start! GWG.

  2. rodi
    dec. 14, 2010 @ 08:50:37

    Dad, all that time invested in your kids was not in vain 🙂 You taught us to love the Bible, and my earliest childhood memories are of the massive bookshelves that I would go to, in order to pick up a book and read. Today that experience serves me well, as I can read hundreds of pages in a day (and still retain the essence of what I read). And I can read things over and over and still get excited and feel enriched by it (ex. Bible). Thanks for the example you set for me! God blesss you!

  3. Gabi Bogdan
    dec. 15, 2010 @ 02:02:49

    Hi Rodi, i got your request from fr. Croitoru, fratele Galis is your dad? He is a special man.He might tell you how i got to know him on fr. Lascau blog. I dont think i felt so bad in a long time as i did after that incident. Narcis Damian told me who George Galis is. I sure hope and pray for him so he can come on the other side of chemo 100% healthy. Excelent blog, i will follow it daily and I will recommend it to my friends and relatives. Specially for i see it is not a blog „de scandal”( and i promise I will try to keep my sarcasms for C.I. blog) God bless you and your dad, Fratele Galis.

  4. rodi
    dec. 15, 2010 @ 06:58:27

    Gabi, welcome and thanks for the well wishes, my dad (truly)loves the church and all its people (even those that gave him sleepless nights) and I hope to be able to do justice to what I have learned just by watching him live out the Gospel during his long tenure as a Pastor and guarantor of thousands of immigrants during the 70’s and 80’s. The stories are very inspiring and some are also very funny (in retrospect).So please pray with us (as Pastor Florin prayed for him) that God gives him another 20 good years with us and he can personally share those stories here on the blog. The intent of this blog is what God put on my heart (that sounds so charismatic 🙂 which I am) and that is to point people to Christ and to help our family and friends know and understand what we believe and why we believe it. And my posts will include mostly what other men of God have to say about this(men who have studied a lifetime and are faithful to the Bible). I am looking forward to some great conversations that will build us up and instill more love for God and the Gospel. And yes I would love it if you spread the word, I intend to post materials for all ages, and to cover certain topics that our children need to know (i.e. atheism,the evolution debate).

  5. Daskoff
    dec. 15, 2010 @ 09:22:36

    Rodica, great site. Looks very professional!

    AG

  6. rodi
    dec. 15, 2010 @ 09:53:19

    Welcome, thanks, …and your input as to both appearance and content of blog is welcome anytime.

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  9. rodi
    dec. 03, 2012 @ 01:04:14

    Reblogged this on agnus dei – english + romanian blog and commented:

    This was our very first blog post, two years ago when we started blogging here at Agnus Dei. Back then, my dad was one of the biggest driving forces in starting it. One year later, my dad would go on to meet the Lord and leave behind his wonderful christian book library with thousands of volumes to help us in finding helpful and edifying materials to post. Dad, you are still sorely missed…

  10. militaru felicia
    dec. 03, 2012 @ 01:32:32

    multumesc foarte mult pentru efortul facut este o binecuvintare pentru mine Domnul sa va binecuvinteze

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