Who Do You Say I Am?
"Describe the God you've rejected. Describe the God you don't believe in. Maybe I don't believe that God either"~ Timothy Keller
Reading this quote, as well as some recent conversations I have had with people, made me think about how confused we are with who God is. More specifically with whom Jesus is. And this confusion is not something that only affects our generation. You see, confusion was something that those who walked with Jesus also experienced. Clearly Jesus was someone special, but people were confused as to who He was.
In his gospel, Matthew records an incident when Jesus was with His disciples and asks them what had to be a startling question, "Who do people say the Son of Man is?" (Matthew 16:13). Their answer shows how confused the people were about Jesus. "Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets" (Matthew 16:14). It seems that most agreed that Jesus was a unique person, but was He a prophet? Was He a teacher? Was He a spiritual guru? Or was He some disillusioned man that had a large following?
After listening to their answer, Jesus gets to the heart of the matter and asks a probing question that hits to the core of the individual, "Who do you say I am?" (Matthew 16:15). So, let me ask you, who do you say Jesus is? Is He just a prophet? Is He just a teacher? Is He just a spiritual guru? Is He just a disillusioned man? Is He just a nice guy? If this is who you think Jesus is, consider this, what if you're wrong? What if He is so much more?
If you are unsure who Jesus is, this week, let your prayer be this simple question, "Who are you, Lord?" Let this be the moment that you begin your personal journey with Jesus and discover who He really is. Let the answer to the question "Who are you, Lord?" change your life.