Whom do people say I am? Whom do you say I am?

Mark 8:27 Jesus asked His disciples whom do people say that I am?  They replied in verse 28 “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others others, one of the prophets.” In verse 29, Jesus asks them, “But what about you?” he asked, “who do you say I am?” Peter answered, “You are the Christ.” From this passage we see that Jesus didn’t really want to find out what people ‘thought’ about Him, but rather what His disciples thought about Him. His disciples were people whom He had chosen and set apart from the rest, and so he wanted to know if they believed in Him or not. The people that surround us every other day should be people who will build us and not destroy us, they should be people who will believe in our dreams and plans and should help in making those plans.

Therefore, who is Jesus to you? Is He just another prophet, Is He God, is He the Saviour of the world, is He your protector, Provider, Healer, what is He to you? Well Jesus is all these things and much, much more. Jesus will become anything that you want Him to be, but above all, He is God. Some people have argued that Jesus and God are not one and the same thing. Well those that reason like that, should read John 14:6-7 “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know Him and have seen Him.” What Jesus is saying here is plain and simple, He is God and for you to go to Heaven, you had to go through Him. I tell you what, His disciples even after that passage, still go on to ask Him “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us John 14:8. And Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father’ Verse 10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? Here Jesus is trying to show and explain to His disciples His ‘Persona’ and that He and the Father are one and the same thing.

Jesus shows us the perfect example of having people in your circle who believe in you, and if they don’t, even if you have been friends and or partners for a long time, trust issues will emerge. What your inner circle say about you matters more than what the rest say about you. Jesus wasn’t very keen on what the other people said about Him, but He was keen on what His disciples thought about Him. I guess its the same with us, the opinions of our parents, husbands, wives, children or anyone close, matters a lot and more than the opinion of someone who is distant. For this same reason, that is why we hurt even more when people who are close to us, hurt us, than if it was a total stranger.

To me Jesus is my everything, my all in all; He is my God and He teaches us so many things through the Bible. Jesus has reassured us that we shouldn’t let our hearts be troubled, and that He went to prepare a place for us. This is the comfort and assurance that there is life after death. John 14:2-3 “In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. Eternity spent with Jesus, how considerate and how loving is our God, that He goes to prepare a place for us, not in this world we live now, but in His ‘PALACE.’ Now that’s the God I know and serve, a God who cares about His children.

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In conclusion is this, Jesus is and will be anything that you want Him to be. Jesus is God, Jesus is the way, truth and life!

Blessings!!

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