Read: Mark 6:14-15
Some said, “John the Baptist has been raised from the dead.” . . . But others said, “He is Elijah.” And others said, “He is a prophet, like one of the prophets of old.” (vv. 14-15)
It was debated back when Jesus was on earth and it continues to be debated to this very day—“Just who is this Jesus?”
Jesus had become well known. Even King Herod had heard of him. Opinions about his identity were flying around every which way. One in particular troubled King Herod: people were saying John the Baptist had been raised from the dead. This worried the guilt-ridden king because he was responsible for John’s death.
Others thought Jesus was Elijah According to the Old Testament, Elijah would come preparing the way for the Messiah. This led many to believe that the coming of the Messiah as a conquering king was imminent and freedom from Roman rule would soon be theirs.
One other opinion was that Jesus was a great prophet like the ones in the Old Testament. This really captivated people because a genuine prophetic voice had not been heard in 400 years. Jesus was different because “he taught them as one who had authority, and not as the scribes” (Mark 1:22). True, Jesus was a prophet. But he was more than a prophet. As Peter would later say, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matt. 16:16). That is the one correct answer. —John Koedyker
Prayer: Jesus, help me to realize who you really are and what you have done for me. Amen.