”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?” Matthew 16:13-15 (NIV)
Jesus had walked with his followers for quite some time. They spent their days with him, witnessing his ministry, his miracles, listening to his teachings and his claims about who he was.
Then Jesus asked them the all important question; "Who do you say I am?"
It was a question designed to make them examine their thoughts about him - their faith in him.
Did they believe them when He said that...
- He was God?
"I and the Father are one" (John 10:30)
- He could forgive sin?
“Friend, your sins are forgiven.” (Luke 5:20)
- He was the ONLY way to experience a relationship with the God?
“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (John 14:6)
- He has the power to grant eternal life to those who believe in Him?
"I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand" (John 10:28)
- He was going away to prepare a place for them in Heaven and that He was coming back to take them to be with Him there?
"Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am." John 14:1-3
We all have to answer this question at some point in our lives...Who do you say that Jesus is?
Father, please reveal to each of us the truth about Jesus; who he was and is, what he did for each of us through his sacrifice on the cross and how we can walk in relationship with him as your child. Give each of us a hunger to read your word so that we might truly know Jesus for ourselves. Amen
*If you want to know more about Jesus, the perfect place to start is in the book of John. Here's a link to each chapter of John so that you can begin reading right now:
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