The question who are you is an interesting one. It can be asked as part of casual conversation, for instance when two people meet each other for the very first time. It can also be asked in a more provocative way – when one person is questioning another’s authority to say or do a certain thing.
In Luke, chapter four, Jesus appears at the synagogue in Nazareth, his home town, and reads from the book of Isaiah. He finds the place where this is written:
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
He finishes reading and all eyes in the room are up0n Him. Then He rocks their world by saying, “Today, this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”
All were amazed at the authority announced and released through this statement. Their response?
“Isn’t this Joseph’s son?” In essence, they are saying, “Who are you to make such a statement of power, intention and authority?” It’s very sad to see that the people most familiar with Him did not even recognize who He was, nor were they glad to hear His message.
A few days later, Jesus goes to Capernaum. Just as He did at Nazareth, He enters the synagogue on the Sabbath and begins to speak to the people. In the synagogue, there was a man who was possessed by an evil spirit, who upon hearing Jesus speak, cried out at the top of his voice:
“Ha! What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are–the Holy One of God!”
How amazing! The people closest to Jesus didn’t recognize His purpose, power, or authority but the demon did! Demons are rogue agents with their own agenda. They don’t respond to anything other than authority. Jesus’ power was apparent to them, yet hidden from His closest friends.
Isn’t that how it often is?
The people around you, those most familiar with you often don’t see you in the Spirit. They simply can’t get past the past and continue to view you as you always were – little brother – kid sister – small child – sinner – incompetent.
The Bible tells us that when spiritual transformation takes place we are to:
“Regard no one from a worldly point of view. If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” 2 Corinthians 5:16
If there are people in your family or friends or co-workers who can’t see your new identity in Christ, don’t be discouraged, Jesus experienced the same thing!
But, rest assured – the devils DO know who you are and must bow their knee to the Name you carry!
So, press ahead!!! Use the Name and follow the Spirit! Man’s opinion and a dollar will get you a cup of coffee at a cheap motel. That’s all the opinions of man are worth! You are a child of the Most High God! You have a covenant with your God!
In the end, all things will be revealed for what they are. Until then, my heart will go on singing!!! And, so will yours! I would rather be known in heaven and hell then here anyway. How about you?