In Matthew 16:15, Jesus asks, “Who do you say that I am?” This passage is also found in the Gospels Mark and Luke. Jesus was getting to core beliefs in this question. The disciples are called upon to tell Jesus who they really think He is. Their answer will determine their eternal destination; heaven or hell. C. S. Lewis said, “There is no neutral ground in the universe: every square inch, every split second is claimed by God and counterclaimed by Satan”.
Who did people think Jesus was? There was confusion then, and there still is now!
Look at these examples:
1) Look at His family- they thought Jesus was nuts Mark 3:20-21
2) He was a prophet, Elijah or Jeremiah- Matt 21:11
3) Some thought John the Baptist
4) Some thought He was a lowly carpenter- Mark 6:3
5) Some thought He was simply the son of Joseph- John 6:12
6) Some thought He was a sinner- John 9:24
7) Some thought He was a Glutton/drunkard- Matt 11: 16-19
8) Some thought that He was an agent of the devil- Matt. 12:24
9) Some thought that He was the son of David- Matt 22:41-46
10) Look at the Cults- such as Jehovah’s Witnesses- Michael the Archangel. Mormons, Moonies, Islam -they are unbelievers who deny the deity of Jesus . In a recent conversation with a Hindu physician, I found out what Hindus think; Jesus is the Voice of God, but there are many voices, he says.
In our discussion of “Is Jesus God?”, this is a huge question for you.
When Jesus asks, “But who do you say that I am?” Your and my final answer will determine where we spend eternity. Mark 8:36-37 says that “missing the truth about Jesus will cost you your soul.”
Ecclesiastes 3:11 says that God has set eternity in the hearts of men and women, yet they still can’t fathom what God has done from beginning to end. Rick Warren, in his book, “The Purpose Driven Life”, says we need to think more about eternity, not less. Matthew Henry, great minister and author of the late 1600s’ said, “It ought to be the business of every day to prepare for our last day.”
Next blog: More on “Jesus is God.”