Jesus traveled with the disciples to Caesarea Philippi and sat down to ask the disciples an important question. Describing this conversation, Matthew wrote,
Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples,“Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”Matthew 16:13-15 ESV
Jesus asked the question to determine His disciples’ faith in Him. He wanted to know more about who they thought He was than He was interested in what the crowds thought.
The question Jesus asked the disciples is the most important question we will ever answer in our lifetimes.
Who do you say Jesus is?
Jesus claimed to be God (John 8:58-59). He told the disciples that He would be killed and raise from the dead (Matthew 17:22-23). The Bible claims that He resurrected from the dead (Matthew 28:1-10).
He does not allow us to address Him as a prophet or teacher. He claimed to be God.
Who do you say that Jesus is?
It is not enough that your parents believed in Jesus as Lord and Savior. He wants to know if you have faith in Him. Is He your Lord and Savior?
Have you ever come to a point in your life where you turned from your self and your sin to follow Jesus?
Like Peter, have you confessed Him as Lord of your life? Does He have control of your life? Are you trusting in Him and following Him?
He wants you to surrender your life to Him. He wants you to accept His free gift of forgiveness, salvation, and eternal life.
The only way that can happen is if you, like Peter, confess Him as Lord of your life.
If you want to know more about what that means, send me a message. I’d love to talk with you about it.
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Tim is the Director of the Global Center for Youth Ministry and Associate Professor for Youth Ministry & Missions at Anderson University. He is lead pastor/planter of Mosaic Church of Anderson. Tim is also the author of Engaging Generation Z (Kregel Academic), No Better Gospel (Seeds Publishing Group), and the author and editor of Navigating Student Ministry (B&H Academic). His comments do not reflect the views of his employers and are his own personal views on various subjects.