The call to every Christian is for us to proclaim the gospel, and when we speak about the gospel, we are speaking concerning the whole gospel. We are discussing the authority of Christ in our lives, our faith to perform the works Christ commands, the power to heal the sick, to cast out devils, and yet for us to effectively accomplish the work of God showing we believe in his son, we are to know who Jesus is. And the reason we need to know who Jesus is, it’s because knowing who Jesus is, we’ll develop the courage we need to effectively live out the life of faith in God in accordance with his will.
Jesus has set this example for us to follow, and as our master, he commands us to do the works that he does, and greater works he promised we will do. Matthew 4:23 “Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.” Jesus not only taught and proclaim the gospel, Jesus lived the gospel, heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.
As Christians, if we were to take the time and get to know who Jesus is, we will develop the courage to walk away from our human doubts, so that we might do the work of God, which is to proclaim the gospel, raising the dead, and healing the sick; not short of casting out demons. And if we truly believe in the authority of Jesus the son of God, we will through our actions show the world who Jesus really is.
This was an important issue to know who Jesus was, to the effect that while walking with his disciples, Jesus asked them “Who do men say that I am” to which his disciples replied, “One of the prophets.” This was such an important question to have asked because although the people around Jesus were experiencing God’s power, they didn’t recognize Jesus for who he was.
Jesus was a living experience, healing many among the nations, but even then, the nations didn’t recognize Jesus for who he was. The nations didn’t spend the time needed to understand Jesus wasn’t just another prophet, but God in human flesh; the savior of the world. The nations didn’t recognize Jesus was the God who had declared he would crush the head of the serpent who had now stepped into history to fulfill his promise to mankind. And, as a result of the nations of the world not recognizing Jesus was not just another prophet, they were left exposed to the dangers of falling back into a life of rebellion, sickness, and death.
This was the reality facing the nations because they were unwilling to place their trust in Jesus who came to radically change their lives. The nations were unwilling because they viewed Jesus as one of the prophets. The nations were not convinced the Messiah had come; although, they were willing to accept Jesus based on their view of him, a prophet.
Jesus came into the world to save his people from their sins, and from the penalty of death caused by rebellion. But for the nations to be saved from their rebellion, they need to see Jesus, not as a prophet, nor as a simple man, but God. For if they were to have viewed Jesus as God, it would have radically changed their lives and how they approached the world around them.