Christ’s Appeal to You
Who is Christ to you? This is one of my favorite exhortations to give about the nature of your relationship with Jesus Christ. We live in a congested society. Everything is congested. Our daily lives are filled with so much activity, responsibility, and finishing touches. It is a wonder that we are able to ever really truly take in the beauty of the earth around us. One night, after a lengthy time of serving at a church service, I was lying in the bed. I had an awakening take place and in my general fashion, I heard the Lord speak to me and he asked a very simple but poignant question. He said, “who am I to you.” There was a stillness after which I was not able to answer, at least not right away. Of course I know the fullness of what Christ means to me and the impact cultivating a relationship with Him has done for my life and I am sure this applies for you as well. But Jesus wanted to show me something.
He wanted to show me that I had begun to become disconnected to the shear communion that we, as believers, are supposed have with Him. The truth is many of us are riding on an interpretation of who Christ is and not on our own development and cultivating worship experience. This was important because after the stillness, Jesus began to reveal to me more about why the question came into my psyche. He said, “You have become so caught up in the service of ministry that you have begun to disconnect from me on a personal level. Your definition of who I am is based on what I can do through you and not what I am to you.” Now let that sit for a minute. Are you in this place?
What Did Christ Mean to The Disciples back then?
Let’s go to the Good Book to see an example of Jesus addressing this head on with his disciples. In Mark 8:29, Jesus poses a question to his disciples. He said, “Who do they say I am?” They begin to chime in and say, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others say you are one of the prophets.” Here’s the part I love. Jesus rephrases the question and he said, “But who do YOU say I am?” Now, the disciples had walked with Jesus. At the time of this conversation, they had just witnessed Jesus heal the blind man at Bethsaida. Even in all that exposure and all that intimacy with Jesus, they were still saying who Jesus is according to everyone else’s report and what they have seen. It is possible to be in the midst of His presence and still not be able to reconcile truly what His presence means and does for you on a personal level and it’s possible to become disconnected as well. When Jesus posed the question to them on a personal level, Peter Simon responded and said, “You are the Christ.” Here’s an etymological quick study for you on the Word Christ. The word Christ derives from the Greek word “Christos” which means anointed or anointed one. It is synonymous to the Hebrew word Mashiach which means messiah.
Bridging The Gap – Who is Christ to you today?
Jesus teaches us in this passage how there are at least two ways you will be exposed to view him in your walk with him. You have to be careful not to become disconnected. He should not become a sound bite or a passive reference. If Jesus for you is a description of some church service or what you do in church, then you are not where you should be in your relationship with him. To have Christ is to have the exhilaration of peace that you will never be able to fully comprehend. Your connection to Christ should be so potent that when someone asks you, “Who is Christ to you?”, you can first and foremost say he is my savior and then you can produce this ballad from your heart of what worshipping him means to you and for you. Do you remember when you first got saved, and it felt like you were in love for the first time? You spent all of your time with God and cultivating that relationship. If someone asked you then, “Who is Christ to you”, you would have a rather long response on what he means to you. Something happens along the way and in our service to the Lord where we forget that we must worship God in spirit and in truth. We must cultivate a working relationship with him.
Intimacy with Christ has to be first and foremost in your life. How can you truly have faith in him if you do not really know who he is to you? That is just like trusting a stranger off the street before you would trust your spouse. I come to remind you that having a relationship with Jesus makes your faith walk easier. You must always remember and know that your relationship with Christ is not a fashion show, neither is it a program and a form or formality. It is a working relationship that requires attention and passion. It requires you to be able to have a deep-seated affection, vulnerability, and commitment. Knowing who Christ is to you allows you to also know who you are in Him. I ask you again, Who I Christ to you?