Note: If you’re reading through the New Testament with me, today’s chapter is Mark 8. Also, I’m a bit behind on my own reading this morning (#confessions) so I’m going to borrow heavily from others and keep this short. I believe it will still be helpful!
“And Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi. And on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” 28 And they told him, “John the Baptist; and others say, Elijah; and others, one of the prophets.” 29 And he asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Christ.” 30 And he strictly charged them to tell no one about him.”
Mark 8:27–30 ESV
Jesus starts his conversation with a bit of a softball, “Who do people say that I am?” But then he gets more direct, “Who do YOU say that I am?” This is the question before us not only when we come to Christ, but daily as we seek to walk with him.
Kevin DeYoung points out that many of us worship our own version of Jesus, not the one we find in the bible. We can make Jesus out to be whoever we want, but what we need is the real resurrected son of God. DeYoung says it like this, there are a host of made us Jesus’…
“And then there’s Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God. Not just another prophet. Not just another Rabbi. Not just another wonder-worker. He was the one they had been waiting for: the Son of David and Abraham’s chosen seed, the one to deliver us from captivity, the goal of the Mosaic law, Yahweh in the flesh, the one to establish God’s reign and rule, the one to heal the sick, give sight to the blind, freedom to the prisoners and proclaim good news to the poor, the lamb of God come to take away the sins of the world.
This Jesus was the Creator come to earth and the beginning of a new creation. He embodied the covenant, fulfilled the commandments, and reversed the curse. This Jesus is the Christ that God spoke of to the serpent, the Christ prefigured to Noah in the flood, the Christ promised to Abraham, the Christ prophesied through Balaam before the Moabites, the Christ guaranteed to Moses before he died, the Christ promised to David when he was king, the Christ revealed to Isaiah as a suffering servant, the Christ predicted through the prophets and prepared for through John the Baptist.
This Christ is not a reflection of the current mood or the projection of our own desires. He is our Lord and God. He is the Father’s Son, Savior of the world, and substitute for our sins-more loving, more holy, and more wonderfully terrifying than we ever thought possible.”
Who do you say that he is? Moment by moment today, let’s keep this real Jesus in view. He’s the only one worthy of our lives, and the only one powerful enough to save us.
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