Luke 9:18-20 NIV 2011
Once when Jesus was praying in private and his disciples were with him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say I am?”
They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others that one of the prophets of long ago has come back to life.”
“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”
Peter answered, “God’s Messiah.”
Jesus and His disciples were in the region of Caesarea Philippi, north of the Sea of Galilee. One commentator wrote, “The region was especially pagan.” Jesus, outside of Herod’s reach, prayed and asked the disciples, what were the people’s thoughts about Him. What little knowledge they had was not founded on God’s Word. They were unaware of the promised One. Peter, acting as the disciple’s spokesperson, answered Jesus question. Matthew 1:1, “This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah…” Jesus Christ is the Messiah, the Son of God.
I often wondered why anyone who was alive during Jesus ministry did not see Jesus as the One sent by God. But when I look around at the world today, I understand “why.” Some do not know God’s Word and blindly go through life unaware of their need for a Savior. Others have had family or friends share the Good News with them but don’t want any part of it. As a believer, I’m charged with sharing Jesus, God’s Messiah.
Who needs to know Jesus, God’s Messiah?
Thankful we know Jesus Messiah,