“Who do you say that I am?”

Once when Jesus was praying in private and his disciples were with him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say I am?”

They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, that one of the prophets of long ago has come back to life.”

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

Peter answered, “God’s Messiah.”

Luke 9:18-20

It’s hard to say how much time has passed since the last scene, the feeding of the 5,000, although my guess would be that it wasn’t too long, since they are praying in seclusion. There is no crowd, all is quiet, and then Jesus asks them a question: Who do the people say that I am? The disciples run through the rumors and theories… and then Jesus asks them “The Question”.

Peter says that Jesus is the Messiah. Sadly, that’s all that Luke mentions; it would be interesting to see what the others had to say about this, but if I were to venture another guess, it would be that they agreed, since nothing else is recorded here.

We will never know for certain in this life.

Up to this point in Luke’s narrative, the disciples have seen a great deal, learned a great deal and have experienced a great deal. It should be no surprise that they would have gone a long way to see just who He was…

As we have probably all experienced in our own journeys, it is one thing to believe, and quite another to follow: Jesus will very shortly begin to teach this lesson to His disciples.

From this point on, things are about to get very real…

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10 thoughts on ““Who do you say that I am?””

  1. In Matthew’s account it says they were in Caesarea Philippi. I went there on one of my trips to Israel. What’s fascinating about that place is the ruins of a pantheon shrine. What’s left is a rock wall with holes and inserts in the rocks where all the various gods were placed for worship in the Roman world. Jesus was always good at giving them tangible things to look at to illustrate a point.

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