Who Do You Say Jesus Is?--by Kimberly B. Southall

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Jesus once asked His disciples a couple of questions. The first was a background sort of question, "Who do the crowds say I am?" The disciples answered that some said He was John the Baptist, some said He was Elijah, and some said He was Jeremiah or one of the prophets of long ago who had come back to life.

And then Jesus asked His disciples the important question, "But what about you? Who do you say I am?"

Peter spoke up and announced, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." ("Christ" means "Messiah" or "Savior.") And Jesus said Peter was blessed.

You can read all about this for yourself in the Bible at Matthew 16:13-17; Mark 8:27-29; and Luke 9:18-20.

There was a reason why Jesus asked the two different questions. He was making the point that there is a difference between the importance of what others think and what you think. You have to think for yourself, because you are responsible for yourself.

In the world today, there are still many different opinions people have about who Jesus is. Some don't believe He ever existed at all. Some believe He was just a good man. Some believe He was a prophet of God. And some believe Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God, and they are blessed.

What about you? Who do you say Jesus is? Someday when you stand before the throne of judgment, that answer of yours will have made all the difference. If you truly believe Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God, then you will do you best to live according to the Bible and you will have a close relationship with God. It doesn't matter who your parents, friends, or anyone else say Jesus is. The important question is who do you say Jesus is?

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