13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”
14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”
16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
I love a good question. Jesus asked his disciples the most important question we can be asked, “Who do you say I am?” How we answer this question determines what we believe to be true about Jesus. What we believe to be true about Jesus will affect every single thing in our lives. Some of us might see Jesus as a genie. Whenever I have something I want, I can rub the Jesus lamp and he will grant me my wish. Some of us might see Jesus as a vending machine. I put my money in, and I get something back in return. Some of us might see Jesus as the nice old man. He comes alongside me to pat me on the head and encourage me with kind words. Some of us might see Jesus as a cop. He is sitting around waiting for me to break the next rule so he can punish me. How we answer this question will determine how we follow him. When Jesus says “you,” it is plural. Although the Bible isn’t written to us, it is written for us. This means we are included in the “you.” If you have ever seen a baptism you will recognize Peter’s answer. We call it the good confession. What does Peter mean when he says, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God?” Jesus is the anointed one that we have been waiting for. He is our promised Messiah or deliverer who came to earth on a rescue mission to save us from our sins. He willingly sacrificed his life for my sin on a cross, to conquer death and give us an eternal hope that never fades. He does all of this simply because he loves us, no strings. This declaration of Jesus radically changes everything in our lives. Who is Jesus in your life today? Is he the Messiah, the Son of the living God?