“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” (Mark 8:29)
Have you ever taken a personality test and had to get help from friends or family because you couldn’t answer the questions on your own? I have. I did a personality test once, told my family the results, explained what it meant, and they knew that I obviously didn’t answer some of the questions 100 percent accurately. They helped me go back and fix those questions where I wasn’t quite aware of the reality of who I was in those cases.
Jesus was with his disciples and asked them an important question: “Who do you say I am?” Before we get to the disciples’ answer, consider how you might answer: Who is Jesus to you? I know all the classic answers: Jesus is a role model. He is a strong rock. He is a part of the godhead. But is he more than that in your life? Does he have a place to rule, to speak into your life, and to be a close friend? Because that’s who Jesus is. Let’s get back to the disciples. Peter, one of the disciples, answered Jesus. He said, “You are the Messiah.”
The disciples knew who Jesus was because they spent time with him. They had intimate relationships with him and had listened to everything he had said. Who do you say Jesus is?
Get to know who Jesus really is through time spent with him.
Augustine Gidney is a Wesleyan pastor’s kid and recent graduate from Kingswood University, where she majored in counseling and children’s ministry.
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