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Verse of the Day
On the Go with Jesus
April 21, 2016, 2:15 PM

Who Do You Say That I Am?


What would you say if someone walked up to you on the street and asked you, "who do you say that I am"? Would you give them a blank stare or would you actually think about it before deciding they were crazy and walk away?! In today's world you might not get or give the answer that you would have given 10 years ago. Society has changed so drastically that people don't care who you say they are let alone care about who you think they are. Can I get an amen?!

     In the book of Mark that is exactly the question the Jesus asked His own disciples. That is like asking your mother or father who do you say that I am. The answer on most days is going to be the obvious one...you are my child. Jesus however, was looking for a deeper understanding of who He was to them. He had spent some 3 years with them teaching, preaching, healing and doing great miracles before them. He told them in so many words who He was and what was going to happen to Him and that He would be going away. He would be going to a place they could not go but that He would return for them...yet the question remained. 

In Matthew16:13-16 Jesus asks His disciples a question:

 

 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”

 

In the following scripture Peter gives the correct answer...Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” In John 14:6-7, Jesus goes on further to tell them, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”

     Why do think that Jesus asked that question to begin with? Lets answer it by asking our own question...When you were in school why did the teacher give you a test? The test was to make sure that you had learned the material and moreover that you would retain the information. The question posed by Jesus was in affect a review question but more than that, the answer was the answer to ALL the questions on the test! An answer they would need to remember in the coming days.

     Peter had personally found Jesus to be a person of integrity, someone who made right judgements, someone who made no attempt to hide who He was. Peter could count on the fact that Jesus did not lie or mislead, nor would He disappoint or leave him in times of trouble. Peter knew that without fail, Jesus was who He said He was! He had been an eye witness to all that Jesus did and all that Jesus said. Peter had faith in Jesus. His faith and trust was exactly where it should be in the person of Jesus Christ.

     In today's world there is NO ONE who can every time, every where, in every thing claim even one of the qualities that embodies Jesus. This world will always disappoint and leave you wanting more and better. This is not pessimism...it is fact! There is One however, that can fully supply all of your needs, One who will never leave you or turn His back on you, One who is true and "faithful to complete the good work He began in you" and One who is "the same yesterday, today and forever".

     I encourage you today to take hold of God's Word each day and you will see that only He is fully trust worthy and will never let you down. Be strong in the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ who longs to hear your cries and dry your tears!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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