“When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, ‘Who do people say the Son of Man is?’ They replied, ‘Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; still others say Jeremiah or one of the prophets.’ ‘But what about you?’ He asked, ‘Who do you say I am? Simon Peter answered, ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.’ Jesus replied, ‘Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven.”
Something remarkable happened in the above passage of scripture: Jesus Christ revealed to us the only authentic reflector – the word of the Father.
And we know our Father right? Our Father is God. I come from God. You come from God. And, as Jesus shows us, your Father’s word is the only authentic reflector; not your successes; not your failures; not your circumstances; not the opinion of other people about you. If you want to know what you really look like, consult God’s word.
Jesus Christ constructed His self-image on that basis. That’s the reason Jesus Christ said during His earthly sojourn, ‘I am the light of the world.’ People tried to shake Him off it, but He persisted. He never wavered from His declaration because He knew that He was from the Father. And the Father had sent Him into the world as its light.
He gave us the example here. He showed us the way to go. The Father’s word – His revelation to you, what your Father’s word has said about you – is the reflection you should continuously put before you.
I like the way Paul puts it:
“And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”
~ 2 Corinthians 3:18