Jesus asked His disciples two questions: “Who do men say that I am?” and “Who do you say that I am?” (Mark 8:27,29). The first question is significant because it allows us to get a read on the minds of the people around us. The second question, however, is eternal because it is only by acknowledging Jesus Christ and responding in faith to His gift of forgiveness that a person can live forever.
Isaiah made it very clear that the promised Messiah would fulfill the matchless titles he had prophesied: “Wonderful,” “Counselor,” “Mighty God,” “Everlasting Father,” and “Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6). Jesus Christ came into the world and proved beyond a doubt that He was the Messiah by fulfilling all those requirements. He was God in human flesh, come to display deity and redeem humanity. On the strength of His ability to fulfill all these things, He made this claim: “No man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6).
This is the heartbeat of the Christian faith: Jesus Christ is God and He came into the world to save sinners. What is your response to that claim and to the evidence that He is the only deliverer for sin-laden, lost people who are the object of God’s love? Will you receive His gift of forgiveness and be saved?
If you are already saved, having been rescued from your sin and its just punishment, will you live under His perfect will and wisdom so that He may guide you into a life that pleases Him?
—The Amazing Prophecy of Names by Bill Crowder, RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI.