Who do you say He is?

They must have made it sound like a kindergaten class. Like a room full of toddlers, each frantically shooting his hand up in a bid to get that golden opportunity to outshine his peers. They were grown men alright, but the question had aroused such uncharacteristic excitement that they would have reminded an observer of the good old kindergarten days when answering a question asked by the teacher would earn one exclusive bragging rights. Each disciple had an answer to the question that the Lord had asked.

“Who do men say that I am?” Jesus had asked.

So they answered, “John the Baptist; but some  say,  Elijah; and others, one of the prophets.”(Mark 8:28 NKJV)

To this question a myriad of answers was fired. It was an easy question, and an interesting one too as each disciple probably got to imagine,privately in his own mind, just how much the multitudes did not know Christ. So each reported what they had heard from whispers here and there. Then Christ posed another:

But who do you say that I am?” (Mark 8:29 NKJV)

And with that the chorus came to an unforeseen end. To the first question, everyone had an answer but to the last, none dared to speak freely. The loud ‘seemingly reckless’ replies were no more, and each retreated into their own cocoon of mind. Not all answered. Not all knew the answer to that very important question.

The disciples had walked with Christ for quite sometime now. They had heard Him teach with divine authority, they had been there when He had cast out demons, healed the sick and fed the thousands. Yet they still hesitated! They still were not sure. All were uncertain. All looked away. All but one!

“You are the Christ,” said Cephas.

Only Peter answered this time, and he said that Jesus is the Christ!

Matthew 16:16 NKJV

Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

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This was a profound answer! By saying that Jesus was the Son of the living God, Peter was risking. Imagine a certain pastor or preacher saying the he is THE Son of the living God. That’s scary! It would strike the ear of any person as terribly defiant blasphemy. Peter’s answer was one that could very easily be deemed to be a blasphemous answer.

John 10:30 NKJV

“I and My Father are one.”

In John 10:30 when Jesus said that He and the Father are one, the Jews that He was speaking these words to wanted to stone Him, claiming that He had committed blasphemy.

John 10:36 NKJV

do you say of Him  whom the Father sanctified and  sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’  because I said, ‘I am  the Son of God’?

What had Christ really said before? He had said, in verse 30, that He and the Father are one, and what He has said now in verse 36 He says as if quoting what He had earlier said: “I am God’s Son” – to mean that being the Son of God is the same thing as being one with the Father!

And that’s how big Peter’s answer was. When he said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God,” he was simply telling Christ, “You are God!”

Matthew 16:17 NKJV

Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah,  for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but  My Father who is in heaven.

Peter saw Christ to be God- the Creator of the Cosmos, “the Alpha and the Omega,  the Beginning and the End,” the one “who is and who was and who is to come, the  Almighty”(Revelation 1:8 NKJV). The one in whom we live and move and have our being(Acts 17:28). And so Christ blessed him, saying that he did not come to this knowledge by being told by any man. He did not know this because he himself was wise, or because some wise person had whispered to him; rather, he understood Christ’s deity because God had revealed it to him.

And that’s what it means when we say “Jesus is Lord!” We mean that He is not just another ordinary prophet or holy man. We understand that indeed He is God. That He and the Father are ONE. He is in the Father and the Father is in Him (Jn 14:10) and that if you know Christ, you have known the Father (Jn 14:7) because Jesus is God!

Philippians 2:5-6 NIV

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being IN VERY NATURE God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage…(caps added)

And Christ puts it so well: that Peter did not know this blessed truth from ANY MAN(even himself) but that he understood ONLY because God revealed it to him. Only God can lead us into this truth, for it is written, “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth.” (John 16:13 NIV). And so I dare say that the truth that Jesus is Lord- that He is God- can only be arrived at by the guidance of the Holy Spirit. And notice that there was nothing special or different about Peter. He had not done anything extra so that the blessed truth might be revealed to him; rather, God chose to reveal it to him because of His own Sovereign wisdom. He was not influenced by Peter, but He did it out of His own goodness- out of His abundant grace, so that the undeserving Peter might not boast. And so my prayer is that as you read this and walk on in life, God will guide you into this truth, not because you deserve it in any way; not because you are good, but simply because He is good! Because of His grace! And this I hope He does, so that you may say “Jesus is Lord” and mean it!

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~ by paintbrush89 on April 14, 2013.

2 Responses to “Who do you say He is?”

  1. amen

  2. […] really ironic that Peter should rebuke Him. And this is because of what happens just before the […]

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