"But what about you?" he asked. "Who do you say I am?" Mark 8:29 NIV
The men sulk off. Their attempts to trip Jesus up, boldly demanding signs, fail. Friends bring a blind man, begging He make him whole. A touch, divine spit, quiet conversation between man and the Son of God and he walks away healed. Thousands of people, following Him to listen to His teachings, are welcomed, restored, fed with five loaves and two fish. In Matthew, the religious sect came to test Him. In Mark, He’s just healed a blind man in Bethsaida, Luke retells, also in Bethsaida, that He feeds thousands through a boy’s lunch. After these accounts, Jesus asks two things of His disciples, easily comparable between the three passages of Scripture. “Who do the crowds say that I am?” records Luke. “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” is Matthew’s take. Mark pens, “Who do people say that I am?” The response, “John the Baptist, Elijah, a prophet of old.”
The conversation turns intimate. Luke 9:20 says He asked “them.” I’m fascinated by the littlest words. He didn’t ask one disciple, He asked all of them. Men who followed after Him, seeing daily the way He lived and loved. Jesus is so kind to the people. He treats every one as family. He listens intently, giving each one of them His time, His attention. Yet even as He teaches and heals, He constantly points them to His Father. But only one responded to the question of His identity. I wonder who immediately averted their eyes, gazing that their toes. If I looked around, who would my life say He is? Is He the joy of my salvation? Because that’s exactly who He is to us. The Christ. Messiah. The Way. Truth. Life. His Only Begotten Son. Redeemer. Friend. Brother. Prophet. Priest. King.
Father, oh the wonder of You sending Your Son to us! Help me reflect Him in every day so You are glorified and others come to know how incredible You are. I love You so. Amen.
What is your favorite name of Jesus?
What real life example of His involvement in your life can you tell someone about today?