But who do you say that I am?

Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Matthew 16:13-16 ESV

This past Saturday the ETBU group visited Caesarea Philippi where for the first time the disciples admitted who Jesus really was. Jesus had been performing miracles and teaching the Good News for some time and the people had been trying to figure out who Jesus was. So Jesus asks the disciple what the people were saying about Him and who they thought He was.

There were all kinds of answers. Some of the people thought Jesus was John the Baptist came back to life. Others thought Jesus was Elijah or one of the other prophets of old like Jeremiah. What the people had not yet been able to say was that Jesus was their long awaited Messiah.

Finally Jesus asks the disciples who did they think He was. The text says that Peter replied to Jesus but knowing Peter I think he probably blurted out his reply that Jesus was the Christ, the anointed one in Greek, and the Son of the living God. Peter recognized that Jesus was the long awaited Messiah the Jews had been promised by God. In the next verse Jesus blesses Peter and  lets Peter know that he did not figure this out on his own but that God the Father had let peter know who Jesus was.

Not much has changed since that time in Caesarea Philippi. People still have different opinions of who Jesus really is. Not many think He was John the Baptist or Elijah but there are still many wrong views of who Jesus is. Some think all Jesus was was a great teaches. Others that He was a great prophet but not the greatest prophet. Some think He was and angel others a god but not the one God they place Him in a godhead with the Father and Holy Spirit. Still many believe he was just a man who got caught up in the time and was crossways with the Romans. Then they are the few who believe He never really existed. One way to tell false Christianity from the real deal is who they say Jesus is.

They refuse to see Jesus for who He really is the Christ and the Son of the living God.  This refusal will cost them eternity living in a relationship with God.

Have a blessed day,

David

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About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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One Response to But who do you say that I am?

  1. John Paine says:

    Did David get to the Gates of Hell?

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