Who am I?

In this life there are often questions for us to answer. Many are trivial in their importance, but sometimes a question comes along that is not like that and it requires our earnest attention.

At one time Jesus asked one such question, “But who do you say that I am?” Just before he asked this question his disciples had told him that people were divided about who they thought he was. Some said he was John the Baptist, others Elijah, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.

Today in our modern, sophisticated rational society we continue to get different answers to that same question. There are some who confidently say that Jesus was a good man. He did good things like healing people, feeding people and forgiving people. Others believe that he was a more wonderful religious teacher who taught people great truths about God. More than a few believe that Jesus was either insane or deluded and it was the same back when he walked the earth. Even today Muslims acknowledge that Jesus was a prophet, but do not accept him as God’s son.

Jesus is sometimes thought of as a little baby in a manger, who never seemed to grow up. Millions more regard “Jesus” as a swear word which is used casually and recklessly in everyday speech.

Whether we care or not, this same question, “Who do you say that I am?” will continue to be asked by Jesus. We may choose to ignore it or reject it as a legitimate question for all the days or our lives. We will however, answer this question in this lifetime or the next.

When Jesus asked this question of his disciples it was Peter who came forward with the answer, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Peter was commended for his answer at that time. He had lived alongside Jesus for a few years and was convinced of the truth of this statement.

It is the most significant question we could ask ourselves. Who do you say that Jesus is?