“When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying,

“Who do men say that I the Son of man am?”And they said,

“Some say thou art John the Baptist, some Elias;and others Jeremias, or one of the prophets.”

  (Matthew 16:13-14)


There is a parable that originated in the ancient Indian subcontinent called ‘The Blind Men and an Elephant.’  A group of blind men who have never come across an elephant before begin to form ideas about what the elephant is like based on where they have placed their hands on him.  One blind man may feel the trunk, another a tusk, or another the elephant’s side, you get the idea.  Each blind man describes the elephant based on his limited experience and each man’s description is different from the other.  (In some versions of the story, the blind men begin to argue over who is right, and they actually come to blows.) 
And so this parable has some truth in it when we compare it to our own ‘limited’ experience of who Jesus is based on, perhaps, where we attend church, with whom we fellowship, or how much time we actually spend with the Lord or in His Word.  Have you ever asked yourself why there are so many different denominations?  I was raised Catholic, attending a Catholic church and school, but I also went several times to a Quaker meeting (as my Father was a Quaker).  Since being ‘born again’ myself and Paul have attended many different churches including:  Baptist, Church of God, Assemblies of God, Disciples of Christ (I was office staff), Church of United Brethren, Church of Christ, Plymouth Brethren, Church of the Nazarene, Pentacostal churches,  evangelistic interdenominational, lots of non-denominational churches, evangelical tent services, home church groups, and then there was that little church tucked away in the woods of ‘boon-docks’ Georgia, where one very dark and spooky night, we entered into the building to hear men ‘screaming’ in unknown languages.  I fully expected to see snakes!  
Like the men trying to describe an elephant, denominations have sprung up throughout history based on ideas of ‘who Jesus is’ pulled from the pages of scripture.   Examples:  One major denominational group adopted its name from the practice of John the Baptist baptizing converts.  This denomination stresses conformity to certain rules of Christian conduct.  Jesus, to them, represents a Great Moral Teacher.  Another large group of denominations came about because of Jesus’ promise to send the Holy Spirit (fulfilled at Pentecost).  They are known for operating in the gifts of the Spirit.  They see Jesus as a Miracle Worker.  Seventh Day Adventists take their name from observing the seventh-day Sabbath, which the Gospel shows that Jesus kept.  Jesus [to them] is the Sabbath Keeper.  Some denominations stress holiness.  To them, Jesus is Holy.
So, who is Jesus?  You can find the answer in Matthew 16:15-17.  “He said unto them, But whom say ye that I am?  And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the Living God.  And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but My Father which is in Heaven.”
Of course, when we think about our Lord Jesus hundreds of words can be used to describe who He is, and sometimes when we are in His Presence there are no words.  But, in case someone approaches you and asks “Who is Jesus?”  The best answer might be what our Heavenly Father revealed to Peter.  “Who is Jesus?”  Jesus is …
Yeshua Hamashiach
(Jesus the Messiah)Selah.

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