Who Am I?
Jesus asks the disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” This question is understandable. Jesus and the disciples had been traveling and he had been doing some incredible things. People were talking about Jesus and he wanted to know what they were saying.
Jesus then turns it to the disciples. “Who do you say I am?” While Peter correctly says that Jesus is the Messiah, he later shows that he doesn’t understand what it means to say that Christ is the messiah. He rebuked Jesus and rejected that Christ would die in Jerusalem. Later, after Jesus’ arrest, Peter denied him three times.
There is a difference between knowing and knowing. When my wife and I were engaged, many people told us that marriage is hard work. We replied, “Oh, we know.” Now, fifteen years later, we know marriage is hard work. Peter knew who Jesus was, but he didn’t know who Jesus was.
Who do people say Jesus is? This is an important question to answer. During the disciple’s time, not everybody knew who Jesus was. Today, most people have an opinion who Jesus is. More importantly, who do you say Jesus is? How do you know him? How do you know you know him
Holy God, your love, grace, and power are revealed to us through your Son, Jesus Christ. Help us to know him and to know you, so that we may faithfully follow. Amen.
Rev. Chris Deacon is the pastor of the United Parish of Bowie, a joint UCC/PC(USA) congregation in Bowie, MD. He is also the author or “Louder than Words.”
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