“Who do you say that I am?”

who-do-you-say-i-am questionIn 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 imagesneutral 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 eternityMark 8:36-37 says that “missing the truth about Jesus will cost you your soul.”

eternityThink about eternity right this minute.  Think about your loved ones who have passed on into eternal life before you.

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.”


About Dr. Robert

I am married to Janet and we have four children. I am active in Grace church in Racine, Wisconsin and serve there in leadership and teaching . I have been an internist for 30 years and keep busy by taking care of a full load of patients. On the side, I like to write, coach, mentor, spend time with my family just hangin' out, and help take care of our two dogs; a rusty colored Golden Retriever named Finley and a Bernese named Sadie'.
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1 Response to “Who do you say that I am?”

  1. Of course, as the Jehovah’s Witness group claims as they purposely must mis-translate John 1:1 from original Greek to English that Jesus is “a god”, one of likely many but not THE God. When, as occurs monthly at my front door, these poor, dear, lost souls try to talk all things Biblical, just have this ready. Google it up….plenty of good resources. “….is God” certainly conveys the mystery of the second head of the Godhead within the Trinity far better than “….is a god.” I am ready for them next time.

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