“Who do you say that I am?”
“Some say profits”
“And Peter, who do you say that I am?”
Not an exact quote, but the basic drift of the passage is above. Why was Jesus asking this question? To feed his own ego, because he liked to hear himself called Lord, I think not! The question may seen a little odd to us, we, well most of us, don’t go around seeking out people to tell us what we already know. But then if you think about it, a lot of us do seek out who we are from others. We look to others to define us, to create us. But I really don’t think Jesus was doing that either. He knew who he was, he had a strong self esteem, I really don’t think Jesus was having an identity problem. He seems like he was a pretty stable man, except in the temple when he lost his temper and turned over all the tables.
The funny thing is, if he would have done that today, they would have made him take anger management classes and diversity classes. But that’s another blog for another day.
Back the “Who do you think that I am” question. Jesus was asking not for himself, but for his friends. He was forcing them to think outside the box. He asked the question, to force his followers to say what has been on their minds for some time. You don’t hang around a man who performs all kinds of miracles and think of him as just a normal person. But what would you think of him? Who would you say he was?
I am sure some thought he was evil, others a profit, and some a sorcerer. So Jesus needed to clear all this up, it’s important for your friends to know you, to truly know you. So Jesus wanted to make sure they knew who he was. He was the Lord, the anointed one, the son of man.
With this knowledge his friends would have a better understanding of him; they would see him in a new and different light. Now some may say, see He is asking for his own glory, so his friends will see him as different.
NO! Not what I said.
I said his friends would truly know him, as a friend. Yes he is the Lord, the son of man, and that is very important to know and understand. Otherwise people may get the wrong idea about him. Jesus worked hard to make sure his friends knew him, he told them very difficult things, and called them names, to Peter he said “Get behind me satin”. Now in today’s world being called satin really has no effect (how sad) but back then, I don’t think there is any name you could be called that is worst. And for your leader, you master to call you that, it must have devastated Peter, but once again that a whole new blog for a whole new day.
No Jesus was just informing his friends of who he was, we all need to do that; we all need to know where we stand with our friends. No I am not suggesting that we sit down and say, ok, I’m the leader, and you’re second in command, that would be silly. But what I am suggesting is that we are open and honest with them; let them know where we stand, and what we think. Otherwise, what kind of friendship is it? One base on surface information only that to me is a very shallow friendship, and based on the bible, Jesus didn’t have shallow friendship, but rather very deep ones.
So think about it, who would your friends say you are? And who do you say you are? Do they truly know the depth of you? Could they define you the way you define yourself?
Just something to think about…
I whole heartily agree… honesty is always the best policy. But I would challenge that in our honesty with others we also accept the responsibility of that honesty. It is no great gift if after you challenge someone we walk away and not offer to help support them as they pick up the pieces of their lives.
I would say that sometimes it is a greater gift to walk away. All to often we dont support,but rather we do, and in that, all we do is help that person become less selfsuficeant….
Each case is unique and deservive new eyes. Day to Day and, MOMENT to MOMENT