Who do you say I am?


Maybe one of the most important questions we face as Christians comes from Mark 8:29 where it reads;

He asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Messiah.” -Mark 8:29

Jesus was with the disciples near the northern city of Caesarea Philippi. Jesus first asked them, “Who do people say I am?”.

They answered with different answers, “John the Baptist”, “Elijah” or one of the other prophets. Jesus turns then to his closest disciples and asks the question above, which Peter answers.

Really think about that question. Doesn’t all of Christianity boil down that? We can spend a lifetime studying theology…but we each have to answer for ourselves the question of “Who do you say I am?”

Was he just a good teacher? A prophet? Did he even exist at all? We have to look at his teachings and how he identifies himself as Lord. We have to wrestle with the what his death and resurrection means. Then we can answer the question of “Who do you say I am?”

How we answer that can change our lives. We will believe his teaching and live them out if we see him as a teacher. We serve him as the one who brings God’s kingdom to earth when we call him Messiah. We put our full faith in him when we call him our Savior. We will fall before him in worship when we determine he is the Son of God.

We will be confronted with the question “Who do you say I am?” at some point in our lives. Do we see Jesus how he truly is? Are we ready to answer?

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