We would only appreciate him as the Christ when we see him with eyes of faith and not with eyes of personal needs.
Luke 9: 18 – 22
A causal glance gives the impression that Jesus was conducting an opinion poll; but that cannot be the case. He is not about public opinions or ratings. So why did he ask about the people’s impression of him? A simple answer would be, because they got it wrong on so many occasions.
In today’s passage some thought he was another prophet, others, the quick fix they needed to satisfy an immediate hunger. They expected he would work wonders, give instant cures, provide bread on demand, even solve disputes. But Jesus is none of those things. He is not just a prophet like any of the others. He is not the quick fix many wanted.
Jesus, as Peter pointed out, is the Christ of God. He is the anointed one, the Saviour and Redeemer of the whole of creation. We would only appreciate him as the Christ when we see him with eyes of faith and not with eyes of personal needs.
Give us eyes of faith, Lord, to see you as you truly are.