Who Do You Say That I Am?

Sunday’s Scripture ~ Mark 8:27-30.

In Mark 8 we see Jesus fulfill a number of roles:

  1. He is a provider as he feeds a multitude of more than 4000.
  2. He is a rebuker as he holds the Pharisees accountable for their criticism and unbelief.
  3. He is a healer as he guides a blind man back to sight.
  4. He is an inquirer as he asks those closest to him who he is.

I do not believe Jesus asks the disciples “Who do you say that I am?” because he (Jesus) is unsure. He asks to check in on the courage of conviction of those in his inner most circle. They are witnesses to his miracles, healings, and teachings. They are also witnesses to seeds of doubt sown by those that oppose Jesus. And so Jesus checks in – not to persuade or convince the disciples to change or crescendo their tune – but to hear the truth of their hearts.

Who do you say that Jesus is? What truth does your heart share when you consider this question?

When I consider this question presently – who do I say Jesus is – the first word of truth that comes from my heart is Encourager. There is no path I have walked or will walk that Jesus has not already walked. So on the days that my head hangs low and my shoulders hunch over, I think of my Jesus and the weight is immediately lifted off my back and his love once again radiates from my heart.

The second word of truth is Faithful. Our Jesus was denied, betrayed, and deserted – and not just by disciples of old but also by present day followers of Christ. Though I succumb to temptation and become derelict to my discipleship duties, Jesus is faithful. Steadfast. The ultimate example of devotion and commitment.

The third word of truth is Patient. Like us, Jesus did not have the whole horizon in his view. He waited on God. He asked God questions and requested guidance. He acknowledged his discomfort with the world of unknowing, with the lack of control, with the fear of “what would be” not already being “what is.” And our Jesus released himself from the grip of fear and appetite for personal control – “not my will, but yours be done.”

Encourager. Faithful. Patient. That is who I say Jesus is. Who do you say that Jesus is? I invite you to find time this week to say – to name – to answer this question and share your answer with your Savior.

Join Pastor Kate and members of the Quest Sunday School Class as they offer their gifts and service in worship leadership this week as I serve with our Gravity Youth at Dalton Area Project. Thank you, Pastor Kate and Quest Class, for your offerings at Morningsong and 11:00 Worship. I deeply appreciate your time in preparing for and presence in leading worship this Sunday.

Prayer: “‘Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, and to take him at his word; just to rest upon his promise, and to know, “Thus saith the Lord.” Jesus, Jesus, how I trust him! How I’ve proved him o’er and o’er! Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus! O for grace to trust him more!”* Amen.

*”‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus,” The United Methodist Hymnal, 462

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