Who Do You Say I Am? Matthew 16:15 “He saith unto them, but whom say ye that I am?”
After a 25-mile trip on foot from the Sea of Galilee to Caesarea Philippi, Jesus asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” Daniel 7:13 “I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.” The disciples said they had heard some say he was John the Baptist or Elijah or another prophet returned from the dead.
But Jesus wanted to dig deeper: “Who do you say I am?”
They were silent until Simon Peter blurted out the most remarkable statement: “Thou art the Christ, the son of the living God.” Matthew 16:16 And Jesus blessed Simon, saying, “Blessed are thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee, that thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Matthew 16:17-18 God had given him this new understanding.
If you were Peter, having answered Jesus’ question, wouldn’t you want to ask Jesus what he thought of you? If Jesus blessed Peter for professing what the Father had shown him, then surely he blesses us as his disciples today too.
Recognizing the true identity of Jesus still has fantastic consequences for us today. When we acknowledge that Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah, our Savior, and submit to His lordship in our lives, we are saved from our sins. Freedom from eternal punishment and from bondage here on earth.
Today, he is still asking us, “Who do you say I am?”
What will we answer? Do we simply believe that Jesus is a good man, prophet, or teacher? Or do you recognize that Jesus is the Christ?
When Peter said that Jesus was the Christ, there was a weight to the words. The Christ was the One who had been expected for thousands of years by the Jewish people. The anointed One. The Chosen One. Son of God. Son of Man. The Very Word of God. Lion of Judah. Prince of Peace. Wonderful Counselor.
The Way. The Truth. The Life.
And He still is today. Jesus is all those things because He loves us. He loved us enough to give His life for us. To suffer persecution and torture before dying with the weight of the sin of the whole world, of all time on Him. It was so stressful. He was literally sweating blood. But He did it because He loved each of us so much.
So, who do you say He is?