Who am I to you?

Take a moment to think about your best friend. How would you describe him/her to someone who has not met him/her? Pick a noun, not an adjective.

It’s difficult!

For my buddy of 30 years, I chose cube. This is because he has many sides and I appreciate each one.

Jesus spent His three-year ministry primarily with 12 disciples. These were His buddies. One of these men was John, the self-described “disciple whom Jesus loved” (John 13:23). John begins his Gospel with a concise description of Jesus.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John 1:1)

This explanation of Jesus as the Word particularly resonates with me because I have a true appreciation for  the inherent power of written communication. Another of Jesus’ disciples was Peter. Here’s what he says.

4As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him—5you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 2:4-5)

I find this coincidental because Jesus renamed Simon as Peter (Petra in Greek), the rock on which He would build His church (Matthew 16:18).

Jesus also addressed this question of His identity. Here’s what He had to say to the religious leaders of the day.

“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)

Word. Stone. Light. These are substantial, weighty, meaningful. Appropriate.

What’s most important, though, is your response to the question that Jesus is continually asking, “Who am I to you?” It’s the most important query you’ll ever answer. You don’t have to be eloquent, just convicted.

My answer? Savior. Thank you, Jesus!

About Tony Schmitz

Tony Schmitz received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Temple University in 1993, his MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1996, and his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1999. He is a mechanical engineering professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
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