Sunday, May 18, 2014

Questions 3 - Who Do You Say I Am?"

1      Introduction

One day Jesus and his disciples were entering Caesarea Philippi. Jesus asks his disciples a question; “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”  They answer “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” The variety and uncertainty (“some say”) may suggest that it is the disciples themselves who are still unsure of how to answer, not so much what the people are saying. The first question sets the scene, though, for the next, more personal and very direct question. In fact, this is arguably the most important question of all time.

“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”

Simon Peter jumps in with confidence;

“You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”

As we read this passage we too are confronted with this same question, and it is the topic for our discussion today. “Who do you say I am?”

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