Who Do You Say That I Am?
Checking out at the grocery store the other day I noticed Time Magazine had reprinted a magazine from a few years ago on the identity of Jesus. I decided to grab it and see what a secular magazine had to say about my Savior. The subtitle of the edition says, “Who do you say that I am?”. It is the quote from Jesus from his conversation with his disciples before Peter gave the response, “You are the Christ”. It is an interesting quote to put on a secular magazine in a society where everyone has an opinion and everyone’s opinion is supposed to be given the same authority as anyone else’s opinion. We live in a society that says it doesn’t matter what you think, what is right for you may not be right for me and what is right for me may not be right for you. This attitude is the exact opposite of what Jesus was communicating with his disciples when he asked the question. There was, and still is, a correct answer to the question, “Who do you say that I am?”
I am beginning a new series this week entitled “Identity”. We are looking at the seven “I am” statements that Jesus makes in the Gospel of John. The world can say whatever they want about who they think Jesus is, but Jesus makes it very clear in Scripture who he is. These seven “I am” statements are used by Jesus to tell us his identity and specifically his identity as God. The world can use whatever means they have to identify who Jesus is, but if it is contrary to who Jesus claims to be, they are wrong. I challenge you to be consistent during this series and learn what Jesus is teaching us as he reveals his identity. There is a right and wrong answer to Jesus’ question.