Questions that Jesus asked
13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
As we continue to look at questions that Jesus asked, today we look at a portion of scripture where Jesus posed two questions.
“Who do people say that the son of man is?”
“But who do you say that I am?”
People will always have opinions and many will purport to be experts in fields they have no information about. The first question illustrates that well. People had opinions about who Jesus was. Some said he was John the Baptist others Elijah while others Jeremiah or one of the prophets. This evidently was a group of people who did not have close relationship with Jesus yet they were experts enough to say who he was. The same is true today, we have many who have opinions about Jesus and who He is and what kind of relationship you should have with Him but if you were to take a closer look, you will discover they don’t have a close relationship with Jesus.
Jesus did not leave it there, he made the question personal and asked “But who do you say I am?” That is as personal as it can get. Peter was the only one bold to answer that question. He was bold enough because his perception on Jesus was not based on people’s opinions; his knowledge of Jesus was based on a personal revelation. He had walked with Jesus, he was there when Jesus performed miracles, he was there when Jesus taught, his experience was first hand and he did not need the opinion of others because he had walked with Jesus.
Many who even call themselves Christians know the Jesus that has been described to them by others. Their friends or family members or maybe even their pastor. They have not taken the time and made the sacrifice to know Jesus for themselves, to walk with Him talk to Him and experience His touch in their life. They have not taken the time to read the word to know who Jesus really is and so what they go by is what others tell them Jesus is and because of this many are being led astray.
Jesus would still ask you and I today,” But who do you say I am?”