He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Matthew 16:15
The people believed that Jesus was a prophet. They were aware that His life was no mere humanity – they recognized the presence of the supernatural in some way. So they came and listened to His teaching, they brought their sick loved ones to him for healing, but many never knew Him as anything more than teacher and healer.
But who do you say that I am? This is the question of the hour. This is a question on which our very eternity hangs. If He is only a teacher and healer we will gain knowledge and health, but die in our sins. If He is our example of how to live, we will be better people but not righteous, and thus eternally unworthy of the glories of heaven. But if He is the Son of God, the Christ, the Savior, we will obtain everlasting life.
There are some things about Jesus that are only known by revelation. This is one of them. The natural mind cannot fathom the wickedness of the sin that permeates the human heart and the lengths that God has gone to in order to provide atonement for it. But when this revelation dawns in a human heart, it changes one forever.
So the question remains. Who do you say that He is?