“Who do you say that I am?” Luke 9:20
There are critical questions we must answer in every season of life. When we are in high school or college we need to know what we will do with our life. That question will most likely determine our path so it requires a careful, thoughtful answer. Then there’s the question that drastically changes our life: “Sue, will you marry me?” followed by “Sue, do you take Tyler to be your husband?” But there may be no more significant question in all of life than the one Jesus asked His first disciples in Luke 9:2: “But who do you say I am?” And with that question, Jesus confronted His apostles with the most critical issue that ever faced them, or ever faces everyone on the planet: the question of the identity of Jesus Christ.
This question came in the context of a conversation between Jesus and His disciples when Jesus asked, “Who do people say I am?” the disciples offered various answers, “…some say John the Baptist, some say Elijah, and others say you are one of the other ancient prophets risen from the dead.” (Luke 9:19). Jesus then asked, “But who do you say I am?” (Luke 19:20).
You would think it’s a complex question based on all the resources devoted to answering that question. Libraries are full, literally, of tens of thousands, if not millions of books that have been focused on addressing that question in one way or another. Articles appear in journals and magazines, papers are written, discussions are held, conferences, seminars, etc. It can seem like this question is complex and cannot be answered easily.
But the fact of the matter is: It’s a very easy question to answer. Jesus is the Son of God. He is the Christ, the Messiah, Immanuel, God with us. The living God. Our Savior. Our shepherd. Our counselor. Our comforter. Our healer. Our hope. Our very life. That is not ambiguous, that is not obscure. That does not take some kind of scholastic gymnastics to sort out. It is clear, precise information revealed on the pages of Scripture. In the end, each one of us has to answer for ourselves the central question of life: “Who do you say I am?”
This is the most important topic of our lives. Why not read through the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John in 2022 to get to know the full picture of Jesus Christ. Because one day, we will all be asked the same question: “And what about you? Who do you say I am?” I hope our answer is like the disciple Peter who said, “You are the Messiah sent from God!”
- Who do you say Jesus is? What difference does this make in how you live each day?