Week 73 | Section 82 | Phase 5b
As we listen to people and ourselves, as we examine our own life, our values, choices, speech, and behavior in good times and bad we get a glimpse of how we might honestly answer Jesus’ chief question today, ‘Who do you say that I am?‘
In respect of their relationship and allegiance to Jesus, He challenged his disciples to be clear about their response to this simple question, for it will their shape their worldview, and transform the world for generations to come.
[one_third last=”no” class=”” id=””]Matthew 16:13-20
13 Now when Jesus came into the parts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man,1 am?” 14 They said, “Some say John the Baptizer, some, Elijah, and others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ,2 the Son of the living God.” 17 Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you,3 but my Father who is in heaven. 18 I also tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my assembly, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it. 19 I will give to you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will have been bound in heaven; and whatever you release on earth will have been released in heaven.” 20 Then he commanded the disciples that they should tell no one that he was Jesus the Christ.[/one_third]
[one_third last=”no” class=”” id=””]Mark 8:27-30
27 Jesus went out, with his disciples, into the villages of Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked his disciples, “Who do men say that I am?” 28 They told him, “John the Baptizer, and others say Elijah, but others: one of the prophets.” 29 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered, “You are the Christ.”
30 He commanded them that they should tell no one about him.[/one_third]
[one_third last=”yes” class=”” id=””]Luke 9:18-21
18 As he was praying alone, the disciples were with him, and he asked them, “Who do the multitudes say that I am?” 19 They answered, “ ‘John the Baptizer,’ but others say, ‘Elijah,’ and others, that one of the old prophets has risen again.” 20 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered, “The Christ of God.”
21 But he warned them, and commanded them to tell this to no one.[/one_third]
- Consider the importance of being incarnate (Hebrews 2:14-18) and its implications (John 12:20-50).
- In Greek this word is Christos (strongs g5547). The word in common English is messiah which we understand to mean a savior or deliverer, but the the word moshiach in Hebrew only means “an anointed one”. In Jesus’ day the descriptive title was most commonly used for the high priest (kohen ha-moshiach). However there was Talmudic literature which spoke of Melech HaMoshiach (the King Messiah) who would redeem Israel in the End of Days. Jesus fulfilled both and more he was the “Son of the living God”.
- Messianic Jews today use the term “Ma’amin Meshichi” (Ma-a-‘meem me-shee-‘khee) n. a Messianic believer; a person who is trusting that Yeshua is the promised Messiah and Savior of Israel and the entire world.