Who Do You Think I Am?

When Jesus came to the area of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say’ that the Son of Man is?” They answered, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”

Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “You are blessed, Simon son of Jonah, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but my Father in heaven! Mat 16:13 -18

What a question and what a question to mediate on, one could hardly come up with a better one. But is does seem like a really strange question, especially to His disciples. They had spent a lot of time with Jesus and were His preachers and had the privilege of being with Him all the time. Right? However, when you think about all the conversation and confusion about this “man who teaches with authority” they were daily exposed to all kinds of ideas about Jesus. So, it isn’t really all that strange. If fact, it’s a great question. Jesus understood that those closest to Jesus needed to sincerely think about who He was; gain a fresh prospective and reminder that would hopefully lead to their perseverance.

So, who do you think Jesus is? Refrain using catching phrases or churchy clichés. Using scripture, answer the question and then press yourself to examine your habits in light of your biblical confession about Jesus. Stay away from subjective speculation and groundless sentimentalism; rather think about who He said He is and ask yourself “does my confession about Jesus lead me to live a life that reflects that truth?” Do you find yourself unable to really give a biblical confession about Jesus? Are you more like the folks that followed Jesus for all the wrong reasons and left Him when the cost of discipleship was too high? Or do you only seek Him when you need something? Is He more like a band-aid than a sovereign savior to you?

Like Peter, we should have a biblical answer “you are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.” Only when we give the right answer will we find blessing and a straight path for our feet. Like the Apostles, we live in a day with many ideas about who Jesus is, and, like the Disciples we have to give an accurate answer if we are going to light and salt to a confused and spiritually dead world. So, mediate on this today and truly ask yourself if my version of Jesus lines up with scripture, both Old and New testaments, or does it line up with “what others are saying about Him?” But make sure you answer it accurately!

After hearing Peter’s correctly answer Jesus said “You are blessed, Simon son of Jonah, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but my Father in heaven!”

Rev. Jess Stanfield

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