Who Am I? And What Difference Does It Make?

"Who do you say I am?" (Mark 8:29)

This was the question that Jesus asked his disciples. It sounds simple enough.

"You are the Messiah," was Peter's reply (Mark 8:29).

You are the Son of God.

You are the Saviour.

You are the Creator of the universe.

You are the Almighty.

You are the Good Shepherd who gave His life for the sheep.

You are the Lord.

You are the Head of the church.

You are the Judge of the living and the dead.

You are the great High Priest.

You are the Master Teacher.

It's a simple question, with a seemingly simple answer. In fact, the answer begs a huge question: "if this is who I am, then what difference should that make to your life?"

The question was never meant to be simply academic, a question of more knowledge or clearer understanding. It was meant to provoke a response. If Jesus is, for example, the Master Teacher, then what do I need to learn, and how am I going to go about that? If He is the Saviour, then what do I need to do about that personally and in relation to others, and how am I going to do it?

Every question has implications, but none more profound than the one Jesus asked His disciples.

How would you answer the question? And what are you going to do about your answer?


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