“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”
Jesus asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”
Then Jesus rephrased the question: “Who do you say I am?”
To which Simon Peter responded, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
This is a question I still find God asking me in my life, even today.
Not because He doesn’t know.
Not because He’s forgotten.
Not because He’s not sure.
But because how we answer that question says everything about who God is in our lives – and therefore who we are.
Simon Peter knew who Jesus was. Do we?
Was he just a saccharine religious figure –
In which case I am just a devout follower?
Was he just a spiritual extremist –
In which case I am just a idealogical devotee?
Was he just a decent flesh and blood, finite, flawed man –
In which case I am just a decent flesh and blood, finite, flawed man?
Or was He who He said He was?
In which case, I was created, I have meaning, and I have been saved?
At the end of the day, who we say Jesus is, could possibly be the most important question in our lives.
Jesus wants to know “Who do you say I am?”
And he wants to know – because, I just happen to believe that it very much matters to him, simply because you very much matter to him.
Peter’s answer has been noted down for the past two millenniums in billions of Bibles worldwide.
But what about you? Who do you say he is?