“‘Who do you say I am?’”
Matthew 16:15b (NLT)
“‘Who do you say I am?’” (Matthew 16:15b NLT) This is the question that matters most. Jesus was speaking with His disciples after being challenged by the religious leaders as to His identity when He turned to them and asked them a general question, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” (Vs. 13) It’s easy to answer general questions, isn’t it? Straw polls fill the news with public opinion, but what really matters is what you think. This is where Jesus gets personal. He always does. Why? Because nothing becomes powerful until it becomes personal. After being with them for some time, Jesus wanted them to define the relationship. Did they view Him as others did — as John the Baptist, Elijah, Jeremiah or one of the prophets? I don’t think there was even a pause for Peter to think about the question before he responded. “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” (Vs. 16) How would you have responded? Have you defined your relationship with Jesus? Is He just a prophet, a religious leader or is He the Son of God? Ultimately, every person must make a decision. For the disciples to experience His power and fulfill their destiny, they must be convinced that Jesus was more than another Rabbi. How did Peter know? Was it by observation? If so, how would we ever really know? I believe it was more than observation that had convinced Peter that Jesus was the Son of God, the Messiah, the Christ who was to come into the world to save His people from their sins. We find the answer in the following verse. “Jesus replied, ‘You are blessed, Simon son of John, because My Father in heaven has revealed this to you. You did not learn this from any human being.’” Matthew 16:17 (NLT) Wow! Did you get that? Jesus said that it was not from any human being or natural discovery that Peter knew He was the Son of God, but by Divine Revelation! Jesus said, “My Father in heaven has revealed this to you!” And as a result “You are blessed!” In theaters across the nation, the movie, Son of God, is being released by our good friends Mark Burnett and Roma Downey. It’s an epic, biblical drama that will leave viewers with the most important decision of all. Who do you say that I am? I want to encourage you to take your friends. Use the film to help them define their relationship with Jesus. Pray that God will reveal the truth that Jesus is the Son of God.