Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, “Who do people say I am?” – Mark 8:27
Jesus decided to talk with the disciples seriously about His death on the cross in a place where they would be alone and not be disturbed. Out of the blue, He asks the question, “Who do others say I am?” Was He all that concerned with His reputation? I don’t think so, because He quickly moves to a more pointed question: “Who do YOU say I am?” He wanted to know that His followers were going to stay with Him and share His gospel even after He was gone.
We know that the locals could not wrap their mind around the fact that Jesus was God’s Son. After all, they knew Him as little Jesus, born to Mary and Joseph. Other’s thought he was a great prophet, but there were many of them around.
Finally, Peter answered Him and declared that He is the Christ, Son of the living God.
I can’t make you put Christ in first place. You can’t make me put Christ in last place. The question is before you and me every day… Who do you say that I am? It’s good that the question is recorded in the Bible. We need to answer it for ourselves. Nobody else can answer it for you.
The decision you make regarding Christ Jesus is the most important one you will ever make. I’m not being dramatic – I’m being honest. Mark reminds us that the evidence is in, and each of us must choose to just be amazed and awed by His miracles, or make Christ the center of our lives. He is the Messiah, Son of God, Savior of all mankind.
I’ll leave you with this thought… if we underestimate Who Christ Jesus is in our lives, it takes the meaning and the power out of His life and His ministry on earth. More importantly, it impoverishes the infinite preciousness of His death on the cross at Mount Calvary.
Ponder that today and decide Who you say Christ Jesus is. 🙂