There comes a time in the life of every Christian when you have to come to grips with the person of Jesus Christ and your relationship to Him. The question to you today is What is my relationship to Jesus Christ?
In the Mark 8:27-30, Jesus and His disciples were on the way, when He asked them, "who do people say that I am?
Why would Jesus ask this? Jesus knew perfectly well what people were saying about Him. He even knows what people are saying about Him today.
But He wanted to set His disciples to thinking about what people were saying about Him so that He could prepare them for His great question to them. The most common way for others to know us is by name. It is important not only for others to know what to call you, but because your name is more than a label, it reflects who you are - your family heritage and your self-identity.
Your name is a symbol of who you are. It influences how others think of you. Have you ever thought about the relationship between your name and your personality?
It was not enough that the disciples could report what other people said about Jesus. Jesus put an emphatic question to the discipes. He said to them, "But who do you say l am?"
Peter often spoke for all the others, and here, he speaks up and gives the answer to Jesus' question by saying, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."
The disciples had by this point, been with Jesus for over two years. The disciples had been taught by Him personally, and they had heard Him teaching the vast multitude many times. They had watched as He performed miracles; and they had even assisted Him as He met the needs of others miraculously.
They have seen Him command the wind and the waves, healed the blind, gave hearing to the deaf, made leapers clean and cast out demons with great authority.
We have everything that the disciples had seen and learned of Him recorded for us in the Scriptures; and we have in addition, over Two Thousand years of history of the spread of His Kingdom on earth, and of the multitude millions of lives He has transformed, and even the work that He has done in our own lives.
What do you personally say about Him?
It is as if He points a finger at you in this time of your life and ask, " And who do you also say that I am?"
Your eternal destiny depends on how you answer that question.
Today, remember that we all belong to one Holy family. As such, let us do everything with love.
The question our Lord Jesus would be asking at the end, will be, "Who do people say you are?"