And Who Have You Said That I Am

This identical question was more or less asked by Jesus to the disciples.  At least in great respect, He was finally announced as the Son of the Living God.  As Christians, it is also our task to proclaim the Gospel which is really nothing more than the simple story of Christ who came and conquered our sins on the Cross.

In declaring our Lord, the Christ as the Son of the Living God, we might do this on Sundays while at Church or maybe even at home in our personal prayers.

Where else have we testified in stating who Christ is?

My guess is that probably you have not.  You probably have not said that Christ is a phony or that He does not exist or that the story is a hoax or probably anything else.

My guess is that when it comes to Jesus you are probably like most Christians and leave it up to preachers to say who Jesus is one way or another.

Oh, we say that we are too shy or that we are not versed enough in the scriptures or that we are way too timid.

Either way we don’t say it.  Perhaps even a better answer why we don’t declare our active savior and friend is that we are cowards.  In some respects we are even ashamed of declaring the gospel or Jesus because of fear of what others will think of us.

And if we are ashamed of Him then He is ashamed of us.  No wonder there is so little miracles abounding or beams of lights emitting from Christians.

To the credit of our good, we should be committed in firmly avowing that Christ is the Son of the Living God, that he came to earth as a moral, was crucified for our sins on the cross, was buried and arose again on the third day. After his resurrection, Jesus declared himself to His disciples and then ascended into Heaven where he sits on the throne at the right hand of God.

Sure this is all a mouthful:  All that Jesus is—-he is far more than anyone we could ever really describe.

Yet, when people ask and people deny, we should be quick with our identity to our Lord.  When they ask of whom that he is:  we should be quick>  He is the Christ, the savior of the world


2 thoughts on “And Who Have You Said That I Am

  1. The question you reference actually forms the hinge point midway through Mark’s gospel and the whole story turns on that hinge in chapter 8.

    It is very easy for us modern types to confuse it with a very similar story (in fact it is the same story told differently) in Matthew 16, where St Peter answers Jesus with the very profound answer you supply here. In Matthew, Peter says, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the Living God!” and answers Jesus correctly. And that is great! Kudos to Peter in Matthew’s account!

    However, in Mark’s account, Peter answers only half right (if it can be called half). He says, “You are the Messiah”, and thus leaves off the bit about Son of God. This presents a problem for Mark’s readers who have come to this information by other means but who see Jesus’ close friends failing to grasp the extent of his true identity. And this is an intended feature in Mark’s account, as demonstrated by the healing of the blind man a few verses before where Jesus heals the man twice. It turns out the first healing touch does not provide CLEAR vision (metaphor for understanding).

    This, of course, raises the question of whether Jesus can heal or whether he cant truly heal.

    No Christians I know seriously entertain the idea that Jesus lacked healing power. And actually, a deep study of Mark’s account strongly suggests that Jesus heals the man only halfway the first time and then fully the second time TO DEMONSTRATE THE HALF UNDERSTANDING OF HIS OWN DISCIPLES.

    Think about this:

    If St Peter and friends, the closest friends of our LORD when he walked those dusty Galilean trails (men who would be so familiar with Jesus they would know his sleeping and bathroom habits), fail to grasp fully just exactly WHO Jesus really is, then it is a matter we readers of Mark’s gospel also must wrestle with. Wrestling with the full impact of exactly WHO Jesus really is – is a matter of discipleship. It should be no wonder then that the modern church also must struggle with this – not unlike Jacob wrestling the angel in Genesis. And think about this: That wrestling match earned Jacob a name change. He became known as Israel, which means wrestle with God.

    So, back to Mark, as I said, this question forms the hinge point upon which the whole account turns. It comes halfway in the narrative. During the second half, the same disciples fail in their discipleship more and more to the point where in 14:50, the all forsake him and flee, and where one of the disciples betrays him and another denies him 3 times. It is in the midst of all that despair at discipleship that the centurion (the Roman soldier who likely drove the nails into our LORD’s flesh) utters the rest of the confession that St Peter fails to include in chapter 8.

    Mark 15:39 – When the centurion, standing [at the foot of the cross] looking him in the face, saw the way he breathed his last, then he said, “This man truly was the Son of God”.

    This centurion then completes the confession. This outsider who should not know – juxtaposed against St Peter the insider who should – makes the complete confession that has gone lacking throughout Mark’s account.

    What lesson might the church take from this? What does this mean when a church fails to confess Jesus but a street bum does?

    I think this line of thought, though complex, pumps up your point in this post.

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