Who is Jesus?
Mark 8: 27 – 30 “Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, “Who do people say I am?” 28 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.” 29 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Peter answered, “You are the Messiah.” 30 Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about him.”
They are in the vicinity of Caesarea Philippi in Mark’s account. It was a city full of Greek-Roman culture and importantly the worship of a pantheon of gods and goddesses. Caesar was worshipped there with many statues of him and also Pan, who was half human- half goat like.
It was in this place that Jesus chose to begin to reveal His identity which would be fully disclosed several days later at the Transfiguration. The disciples respond favourably to the question of Jesus. But it wasn’t correct. The people thought of Jesus well but they were wrong. He isn’t John the Baptist, Elijah or one of the prophets; He is far more than these.
Where you are today in your situation, who do people worship? Who are the important identities surrounding their life? Who are the shaping influencers? Who do they think Jesus is?
But then the most important question. In that place of influence, of thought and worship, who is Jesus to you?
You are the Messiah/Christ. In Matthew’s account we know Jesus said this had been a revelation from heaven. But what we also know is that it would be quite some time before Peter came into a full realisation of what the Messiah had come to do and who He actually was. Though Peter had a correct view of the title of Jesus he didn’t fully understand what that meant or the implications it had for him as a follower. He certainly wasn’t the Messiah that the Jews had all been waiting for. They had a very different view of the Messiah. They still do.
What about you?
Who is Jesus? You can answer that question perhaps. But what does this mean for you as a follower?