Main Idea: Each person must answer the question: “Who is Jesus?”
Mark 8.29a: “But you,” he asked them, “who do you say that I am?"
Devotional: I remember hearing a sermon series called “Questions of Jesus”. Supposedly, Jesus asked no less than 64 questions in Mark’s Gospel. I have not counted the number of questions, so I’m not sure if that number is accurate. However, I have read through Mark’s Gospel on multiple occasions and I can verify that Jesus did, in fact, ask many questions. I would argue that today’s verse contains the most important question he ever asked: “Who do you say that I am?”
This question is important because it has eternal consequences. If we get it wrong, then the consequences are not favorable. However, if we get it right, the consequences are out of this world! Some argue that Jesus was a good moral teacher—but was not God. They argue that he a real person but did not do miracles. Others, however, argue that Jesus was fully God, and fully man. They argue that Jesus is “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1.29). They recognize that Jesus is the Lord—the owner and master of our lives. They recognize that is “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14.6). They recognize that he has made salvation possible by satisfying the wrath of God.
Have you ever thought about who Jesus is? Have you answered this question for yourself? If not, today is a good day to ponder that question with all sincerity.