This past Sunday my message centered around Jesus question to his disciples, “Who do you say that I am?” Jesus knew what the crowds were saying about him. He knew what the legal experts and religious authorities were saying about him. What he wanted to know is what his disciples had to say about him. He didn’t want them to simply repeat what others were saying. Jesus wanted his disciples to look deep within and to speak from their heart. He wanted them to define themselves as his followers. He wanted it to be from an authentic place because it would be that sense of authenticity that would carry them through the difficult roads ahead.
That same question that Jesus asked his disciples he continues to ask his followers today. Jesus asks us, “Who do you say that I am?” Who do you say that Jesus is? Jesus doesn’t ask who your parents, grandparents, or even your pastor say that he is. He asks us…you…me…personally and directly. Who is Jesus to you?
Here are some queries that might prompt your reflection:
- Who is Jesus to you? What role does Jesus play in your life?
- How does Jesus speak to your condition?
- Has your understanding of Jesus changed over the years? How is it different now then it has been?
- Who do you say that Jesus is for you…in the present…in your life.