Have you ever had questions about life? There are so many I still want to ask and have when I reach heaven. Questions like, "How did you create all this? What if I would have chosen this path instead of that one?"
Jesus asked a question that should be first on any list? He and the disciples were in Caesarea Philippi. Call it the shopping mall of religion. It was located in a region known as Paneon, or the home of the Greek god Pan. Once it had been the center of Baal worship. A temple was located there dedicated to the godhead of Caesar. And other temples of Syrian gods dotted the landscape.
Plenty of gods to choose from in Caesrea Philippi. So, Jesus asks His disciples this question: "Who do you say I am?" (Mark 8:29). Oh, at first, He asked them what others were saying about Him. The answers came back in rapid fire: "Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets."
But Jesus was more concerned with their answer to HIS questions, so He asked, "Who do you say I am?" They all looked at his homeless carpenter and thought about the question. We don't know how long they thought before Peter replied, "You are the Christ."
Who do you say he is? Have you given it much thought? Some say He was crazy, claiming to be God but just a man. Some say He was just another liar, that He knew exactly what He was saying but was purposefully misleading those around Him.
But there are those who have said, along with Peter, that Jesus is the Christ! He is "God in the flesh." He is the King! He is the Savior! You may think your life is OK. You may think YOU have all the answers. But this week, if you have not answered this question from Jesus, then go to your own Caesarea Philippi, and let Him ask you, "Who do you say that I am?" You answer will be the greatest one you will ever give.
Looking forward to celebrating Palm Sunday this weekend together!
Pastor Tim Asbill Jr.