18 Now it happened that as he was praying alone, the disciples were with him. And he asked them, “Who do the crowds say that I am?”
19 And they answered, “John the Baptist. But others say, Elijah, and others, that one of the prophets of old has risen.”
20 Then he said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” And Peter answered, “The Christ of God.” – Luke 9:18-20
Many people claim Jesus. But not everyone who claims Him knows Him or is known by Him. Take for example the crowds in this passage. Some of them said that Jesus was John the Baptist. Well, that would be a different Jesus entirely. Others said that He was Elijah reincarnate. That would be even another Jesus.
So, these crowds had heard of Jesus and perhaps had even known something about Him, but based on their conclusions, they made it clear that they didn’t really know Jesus, who is, as Peter says, the Christ of God, the long-awaited Savior.
Just as it was insufficient back then to know Jesus’s name if it meant getting wrong the very core of who He is, so it is the same today. Faith in Jesus does not allow for a Jesus fashioned to our liking. Faith in Jesus does not allow a denial that He is God. Faith in Jesus does not allow a minimizing of Him to a good prophet or teacher or a created being. He is who He says He is, and all the world needs to put their faith in Him. And all who have a Jesus in mind that is contrary to Scriptures are still in need of a Savior.
The great news is that even if you have known the wrong Jesus all your life, the real One stands ready to save you, full of pity, love, and power, if only you would trust in Him with your life. So, who do you say Jesus is?