One of the main reasons Jesus asked his disciples’ so many questions regarding himself was because he knew although they had seen all the things he had done, they did not yet understand who he was in relation to themselves. Jesus knew his disciples did not understand fully why he chose them, and why he came into the world.
However, Jesus knew once they received the Holy Spirit, the gift he promised to those believing in him, his disciples would finally realize who he was and through that revelation would begin to obey and trust him with all their hearts. And so, it was, after the resurrection of Jesus and their meeting in Jerusalem the disciples of Jesus came out against the nations with power proclaiming the kingdom of God.
But before they finally come to believe in Jesus as the Messiah, Jesus had asked his disciples a question. Jesus said to his disciples, “You are my friends, if you do whatsoever, I command you.” In other words, “if you truly believed in me, you would do whatsoever, I command you” because although they were with Jesus and saw all the things he had done, they did not know truly he was God in human flesh. John 15:14.
Nevertheless, Jesus went on to encourage his disciples in the friendship he had chosen to have with them, although he knew they did not believe he was the Messiah. Jesus said to his disciples, “I call you not servants; for the servant knows not what his lord does: but I have called you friends; for all the things I have heard of my Father I have made known to you.”
Despite their missed understanding of who Jesus was, Jesus made the choice to be a friend to his disciples. The disciples of Jesus did not yet understand why Jesus was making the statement, “You are my friends, if you do whatsoever, I command you.” but knowing God was with Jesus, they chose to follow him. And Jesus knew he was the Messiah confirms his position in their lives because of their choice to follow him.
When Jesus commands them to obey his instructions saying, “You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain:” Jesus was making the announcement he was the Messiah, God’s king, and as their king, he was commanding them to obey him, and should they come to need anything to fulfill his word, he has given them the authority through his name to make that request of God.
Jesus was establishing his authority in their lives, and through the friendship, he had built with his disciples draw them into a relationship with God. Understanding who Jesus was in relation to who they were was an important part of what it means to believe in Jesus because it is through our knowledge that Jesus is God, we will with confidence drive out the enemy in every place we go with the gospel of Jesus Christ, for we will have come to understand that, as God, Jesus has the authority to confirm upon us the power of the kingdom.
Therefore, knowing Jesus is God, is important for everyone claiming the identity of a Christian to know that we in relation to Jesus who has commands us to go in all the world with the gospel, that we do have the authority to do and accomplish the things God commands of us do.
For to be a Christian, is to bring forth fruit; It is also to understand as Christians, we have with us the support of the kingdom of God to execute the things Jesus calls on us to do and that as Christians, we are to be fulfilling the call on our lives.
“You are the son of the living God,” said Peter to Jesus, and in response to Peter’s declaration, Jesus said to his disciples, “Upon this rock, I shall build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” The message Jesus wanted to get across to his disciples was the reality that upon knowing he was and is God, and that standing on the knowledge he was and is God we will through the power of his authority defeat the powers of the enemy. Matthew 16:16.
The enemy will come against all we stand for in Jesus Christ, but knowing who we are in Jesus Christ, and who has commanded us to go and proclaim the gospel, as Christians, we will with the faith of God accomplish the assigned work. Knowing who Jesus is was and is important for us to have faith in God because it is knowing who Jesus is, we will with confidence fulfill God’s word. And because it is the foundation of our faith it is important, we know who Jesus is.