This week Jesus asks his followers, “Who do people say I am?” They respond to him by saying, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.” It seems no one was quite sure who this, son of the carpenter from Nazareth was. (Mark 8:27)
But then Jesus makes it personal, and he asks his disciples, “But what about you” Who do you say I am?” we are not sure of the response from the others, but Peter is quick to chime in with his response, “You are the Christ.” But what does that mean? (Mark 8:29)
In this week’s sermon, I am going to be asking the same question as it is up to each of us to decide who Jesus truly is for us. Is he a savior? Is he a friend? Is he the judge? Is he the one who commands us to love others and take care of each other? Who is Jesus for you? It’s a valid question to ask because for each of us Jesus is different.
We come to faith from many different places and very different times and so our vision of Jesus could be very different. However, we still need to answer the question of who Jesus is. We cannot follow someone unless we truly know who they are. Jesus reveals himself to us in the breaking of the bread and the reading of the scriptures (Luke 24:35). Jesus reveals himself to us in worship, and Jesus reveals himself to us in others.
So, who do you say Jesus is?