Jesus asked people when He walked the earth “Who do you say I am?” It is a question that people all through the ages have had difficulty answering. Even His own followers struggled to answer Him. They said things like John the Baptist, or Elijah, or Jeremiah or one of the other prophets. Even today there is a large group of people with differing opinions on who Jesus is.
Some call Him a prophet. Others say that He is God. Others call Him a good teacher. There are some who just relate Him to being a lunatic. After all He did claim to be God in human flesh. It was a hard thing for the religious leaders of His day to swallow, and there are many today who have difficulty still. So who is Jesus? If He were to walk the earth today I think He would be asking “Who do you say I am?”
And just like the people of Jesus’ day there would be many opinions, and few people who could give a definite answer. When Jesus asked the question people responded with “Well some people say…” To which Jesus replied “Who do you say I am?” Jesus was looking for an answer that didn’t avoid the question, and I think He still is. If we don’t know Jesus for who He truly is it completely affects the way we live our lives, and changes the expectation we have for what He can do. And Jesus want’s to have disciples, or apprentices, which means that we become like Him. So if we don’t truly know Him for who He really is, can we really become like Him?
I think Jesus is still asking us all “Who do you say I am?” What will your answer be?