Read: Mark 8:27-30
And he asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” (v. 29)
When it came time to propose to the woman who would become my wife, I spent significant time reflecting upon my past. I wondered about my reputation. Who was this person she was going to marry? If she had contacted former acquaintances, some may have told her to run! However, when I proposed, none of that mattered. All that mattered was what she thought of me.
The eighth chapter of Mark serves as a turning point. In the first seven chapters, Jesus has spent significant time proclaiming and demonstrating the gospel. In Mark 8, Jesus polls the disciples: “Who do people say that I am?” The disciples report a myriad of incorrect perspectives. But then Jesus asks the disciples, “Who do you say that I am?” Peter, speaking as a representative, declares that Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah. With this affirmation, Jesus now imparts a new lesson to the disciples, one that will consume the second half of Mark: the Messiah must be crucified.
The question Jesus posed is still the most important one ever asked in history: who is Jesus? There are many claims competing for our choice, but choose we must. To many in our world, he was a moral teacher. To others, a hustler. To some, the figment of a collective imagination. But to those whom the Father has enlightened, Jesus is the Messiah. In the end, that answer is all that matters. —Duane Loynes
Prayer: Father, thank you for sending your Son, the Messiah, into the world to save me.