Truth or Consequences

Julia Downey Davis

READ : Mark 8:27-38

[Jesus] asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” (v. 29)

DNA testing has altered the process of identification in many ways. Evidence from previously unsolved crimes can be re-examined, sometimes leading to the conviction of the individual responsible. Issues of parentage are resolved more conclusively. In 1998, the remains of the Vietnam War’s Unknown Soldier were even identified using DNA testing.

While these advances have provided valuable answers in many situations, the truth of one Person’s identity remains the most critical issue of all. God asks each of us to answer the same question Jesus asked his disciples: “Who do you say that I am?” You don’t need forensic testing to answer that question. And if you refuse to accept the truth that Jesus is the Son of God and only Savior, you face the consequence of forfeiting life (v. 36).

Have you wrestled with the true identity of Jesus of Nazareth? Who do you say he is? God offers us the testimony of the Bible and the help of his Spirit to guide us to the truth about Jesus the Christ. He promises that when we seek him with all our hearts, we will find him (Jeremiah 29:13). Will you do that today?


God, confirm in my heart today the truth that Jesus is your only Son and the only way for me to find life everlasting.