Recently I began studying the questions Jesus asked in the Bible and why it’s important for us to ask ourselves (and answer) those questions today for a chapter in the book and proposal I am working on. As I began thinking about the questions and topics that you wanted to discuss on the blog and in our Facebook community, I knew that I needed to start with a question for you that I believe will help you get to your personal answers and healing in a way that will be solid and life-changing.
I don’t have all the answers, but I can point you to the One who does.
Jesus asked his disciples a question, “Who do people say that I am?”
The disciples gave their answer. The people thought Jesus could have been anyone else. Some confused him with John the Baptist, Jeremiah, Elijah, or some of the “other prophets.”
Jesus’s question was a leading question, meaning something more significant was about to be asked of them.
But who do you say I am?
It didn’t matter who others thought Jesus truly was. It didn’t matter what the crowd mentality was back then, or even what the crowd mentality is right now in this jacked-up world.
The crowd believed him to be anyone other than their Savior and redemption. Even now, the crowd wants a nicer, watered-down Jesus who turns a blind eye to sins and a do-whatever-makes-you-happy-Jesus.
But, my Jesus is a chain breaker, not a pushover. His boundaries are our blessings, not a buzz-kill.
13 When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?”
14 So they said, “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
16 Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
17 Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. 18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. 19 And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed[d] in heaven.”
(Matthew 16: 13-17)
If we want to have an Unrestricted Summer, we have to start here with the question Jesus asked his disciples and the question our circumstances are asking us today, who do you say that Jesus is?
If your answer even in your heartache and confusion is He is the Christ this response alone will help you make sure what you feel versus what you believe can line up with the truth.
Maybe we can’t know who we are at all until we know exactly who Jesus really is?
Peter, in all of his flawed humanity, became a rock Christ could build his church on and isn’t that exactly what Jesus wants for all of us?
I believe it is.
I believe all of your sinking doubts and the way you wrestle wondering if you are a lost cause and even worth God’s time at all can vanish in the light of asking yourself one of the most important questions you will ever answer.
Who do you say that Jesus is?
Do you believe he died for you?
Bled for you?
Has blessings for you?
If you believe Jesus is your answer, solution, and air you breathe then I believe eventually, perhaps sooner rather than later, you will know exactly how God sees you.
If we believe Jesus is real, then we will believe He will be real and powerfully present in our pain. And, that he will do what the Word says he will do.
When our answer is delayed and the pain is too great, and when all hell is breaking loose we can live unshaken because of the power of Christ in us. We are a rock, not a dishrag. We are powerful, not powerless.
This world doesn’t need our watered-down Jesus, it needs the real Jesus- the one that goes out-of-the-way for the wayward and invites them to dinner and loves them hard and leaves them differently than the way he found them.
Who do you say that Jesus is?
Start there and we will build on this next week. Gosh, I just love you guys. Thanks for showing up here week after week.