27 Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, “Who do people say I am?” 28 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist. Others say Elijah. Still others say one of the prophets.” 29 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Peter answered, “You are the Messiah.” 30 Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about him.
In this passage, Jesus asks his disciples (including us) two important questions.
- Who do people say that Jesus is?
- Who do you say that Jesus is?
The first question refers to the voices, the people who surround us and influence us. But, the most important question is who do you say that Jesus is?
Peter had a revelation that the man standing before him was the Christ, the Messiah, and he spoke it out loud. More than believe it, he spoke it.
So, who do I say that Jesus is? Not just what I have been taught, but who has Jesus revealed himself to me as? Jesus usually reveals himself at our point of need. Our greatest need is salvation, so Jesus is our saviour. But that is not our only need.
Maybe the need is for healing, or of provision. It is important for us to say who Jesus is to us.
Jesus, thank you for revealing yourself to us, in ways that are meaningful and relevant to our need. Jesus, you are my restorer.
Written by Andrew Martin