Who do you say He is?

Now Jesus and His disciples went out to the towns of Caesarea Philippi; and on the road He asked His disciples, saying to them, “Who do men say that I am?” So they answered, “John the Baptist; but some say, Elijah; and others, one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am? ”Peter answered and said to Him, “You are the Christ.”

Mark 8:27-29


This week’s devotional is another one in which the awesomeness of God’s timing and leading affirmed the message I am writing about. I’d actually kicked around this idea a couple of weeks ago in our prayer meeting but wrote on something different last week. I listened to a sermon on KDRY AM 1100 this morning which was very similar to this message, and reassured me that I’m on the right track.


I’d like to ask you to pretend that you are out and about in your spare time, running errands and doing what-have-you, and you decide to take a little break at your local Starbucks or restaurant. You’re by yourself, and enjoying your meal. A stranger at the table next to yours starts chatting with you (introverts, just go with me on this. Pretend that you respond <grin>), and you both have a light and pleasant conversation. There are no hidden agendas—just two people passing time and shooting the breeze. Without skipping a beat or a shared laugh, your new friend then poses this to you: “Tell me about Jesus.”


How do you answer? What’s the first thought that comes into your head?

I can think of about three distinct general responses:


  • “Jesus was the son of God who came from Heaven to live on Earth over 2000 years ago. He was conceived immaculately, preached when He got older, and was crucified on a cross. He rose from the dead three days later and returned to heaven. He is the second one of the Trinity.”
  • “Jesus is the reason I live and breathe. He gave His life to pay the price for my sin, so that I could live with Him forever when I die. He is my Redeemer, my Savior, my Rock. He is King of kings and Lord of lords.”
  • “Ya know, I truly don’t know.”


Which one of these is the closest to your response? I encourage you to be truthful and introspective in your response. Don’t look for the “correct” answer; look to the one that yours matches up with. This is not an online test that will measure the effectiveness of your evangelism or witness, nor will it serve as the password or exercise to get into an exclusive club.

I’d like to suggest that if your response sounded most similar to the first bullet, it would seem (to me, at least) that describing Jesus in such factual and almost clinical language would suggest a possible small degree of closeness and realness in your relationship with Jesus. Yes, He was and is all of those things, but the response summons to mind a historical figure, not the Resurrection and the Life, not Emmanuel, not the Bright and Morning Star.


If your response was closer to response number three, I commend you for your honesty! I’d like to ask you to consider praying for a closer relationship to our Lord Jesus so that you would be able to give an answer that more closely resembles response number two. Seek to know Him better. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you with that.


And if your response was something like the message of number two, I’d venture to say that your relationship with the Messiah seems pretty, if not the most, important. I would say that a description like this also serves as a good witness, so I’d ask the Holy Spirit to help you ensure that your spiritual walk and actions correspond with the words in your response.


Friends, I pray that you would have a deep and personal relationship with the One Who gave His life for our sins, and that it produces a love that permeates every aspect of your life.


Prayer Requests

  • For those in our families and friends who have fallen victim to the horrible flu, pneumonia, bronchitis, and other “bugs” that have hit us lately
  • For those upon whom weather is wreaking havoc
  • For us to share the love of Jesus Christ with those who don’t know it yet
  • For us to recognize and praise His sovereignty, majesty, and fullness in our church and individual lives


As I’ve noted in the past, but it bears repeating: if you’d like help in getting to know our Savior better, please feel free to talk with Pastor Ray or an elder in the church, active or otherwise. We’d be glad to help!



“When you cannot sleep at night, consider that maybe it’s God saying, “We need to talk and you now have time.”


“Before we can begin to see the cross as something done for us, we have to see it as something done by us.”   — John Stott