Daily Devotion, 12/28/17, “Great Question!”
Jesus and his disciples left Galilee and went up to the villages near Caesarea Philippi. As they were walking along, he asked them, “Who do people say I am?” “Well,” they replied, “some say John the Baptist, some say Elijah, and others say you are one of the other prophets.” Then he asked them, “But who do you say I am?” Peter replied, “You are the Messiah. Mark 8:27-29 NLT
I get asked questions most everyday about stuff like the Bible, guns, personal defense, hunting and so on. Most of the questions are trivial but occasionally I get one that is significant because of the potential impact of the answer. Jesus asked his disciples, “Who do you say that I am?” This may be the most important question ever asked because of the potential impact of the answer.
Some people thought Jesus was simply a great teacher because He was a gifted communicator who knew how to inspire the masses. The world has seen many of them throughout the centuries. Some thought He was a prophet because he defied the authorities and spoke hard truth. They thought he was just the latest version of Isaiah or maybe Jeremiah. Some saw the miracles He did and thought He was a resurrected John The Baptist or Elijah. He was gifted in the areas of healing and miracles but still just a man. Peter answered the question correctly when he said, “You are the Messiah.” That changes everything. If Jesus is just a man, even a great man, you can learn from Him but you can’t bet your eternal destiny on Him. If He’s the Messiah, as He claimed to be, then He is the answer to your most significant questions.
So who do you say He is? Let your answer to that question guide how you live today. Let it impact how you treat the people around you. Let it be the filter through which you make all important decisions and let it be the question you ask when you consider what it means to be “right with God.” If Jesus is just a man, He doesn’t impact any of those things. If He’s the Messiah, then He impacts them all. When you stand before God someday, it’s the only question that will have really mattered. You are loved!