Not long ago I saw written on the back of a van, “Life’s most important question, Matt 16:15”. Not being a Biblical scholar, I looked it up. The context is the disciples telling Jesus who the people thought he was. Jesus then turned to them and asked, “Who do you say I am?” That is the question, let’s look at some responses.
Person #1 says that Jesus was just a man and is irrelevant to anything today. He feels he can freely live his life with whatever abandon he chooses. Doing good or evil as it suits his purposes, he holds no Biblical truths to be binding upon him. He is a natural man.
Person #2 has a measure of spiritual awareness and thinks that much of what he does is good and beneficial to living in peace with all mankind. His opinion is that Jesus was a prophet, perhaps a great prophet as was Elijah. He believes the philosophy of Jesus but knows that there are many ways to God and he wants to choose the one that’s the most comfortable for him.
It is the apostle Peter that answers the question, “Thou art the Christ, the son of the living God”. He believed by those things that he had seen and heard and acknowledged Jesus not only as God’s Son but also man’s redeemer. Scripture clearly states that we are appointed once to die and then the judgment (Heb.9:27) and that we will all stand before the judgment seat of Christ (Rom. 14:10). How can we stand before Jesus “as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags (Is. 64:6) We can’t, not without our redeemer. Life’s most important question has an eternal answer. Selah.