A Vital Question

“When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, ‘Who do people say the Son of Man is?’” Matthew 16:13

What do you think of Christ?

This is what those who were against Him thought:

Judas betrayed Jesus to the chief priests and elders but before hanging himself said, “I have sinned … for I have betrayed innocent blood” Matthew 27:4.

Pilate’s wife told her husband that Jesus was an “innocent man” Matthew 27:19.

The centurion and those guarding Jesus at His crucifixion exclaimed, “Surely he was the Son of God!” Matthew 27:54.

The demons gave a glowing testimony when they said that Jesus was the “Son of the Most High God” Luke 8:28.

The Pharisees and teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners” Luke 15:2.

So Pilate asked Jesus, “‘Are you the king of the Jews?’ ‘Yes, it is as you say,’ Jesus replied. “Then Pilate announced to the chief priests and the crowd, ‘I find no basis for a charge against this man'” Luke 23:3-4.

Both Herod and Pilate agreed that Jesus had “done nothing to deserve death” Luke 23:15.

The Pharisees exclaimed, “How can a sinner do such miraculous signs?” John 9:16.

This is what those who were for Him thought:

At Jesus’ baptism God the Father, with a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased” Matthew 3:17.

When Jesus asked His disciples whom they thought He was Simon Peter said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” Matthew 16:16.

The people of the Decapolis said, “He has done everything well” Mark 7:37.

When Jesus was on a high mountain God spoke from a cloud and said, “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!” Mark 9:7.

John the Baptist said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! . . . I have seen and testify that this is the Son of God” John 1:29, 34.

Thomas doubted that Jesus had been raised from the dead but when he saw Him he exclaimed, “My Lord and my God!” John 20:28.

The apostle Paul said, “I know whom I have believed” 2 Timothy 1:12.

The angels in heaven sang, “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honour and glory and praise!” Revelation 5:12.

What do you think of Christ? Have you thought enough of Him to confess your sin and by faith receive Him as your personal Saviour? Have you thought enough of Him to live for Him and for no other? Have you thought enough of Him to tell family, friends, and others about His love for them? And have you thought enough of Him to be like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose? (cf. Philippians 2:2).

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