Jesus is hanging out with his friends in Caesarea Philippi when he asks them, apropos of nothing, “Who do the people say the Son of Man is?” (Matthew 16:13, NIV)
They provide a variety of answers, so he turns the question directly to them.
“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”Jesus, in Matthew 16:15, NIV
Now picture him leveling his gaze on you and asking you the same question.
“What about you, Dave? Who do you say I am?”
He continues, a bit more pointedly. “Who does your life say I am?”
Hmm. I have to think about that one, every dumb thing I did or said, just in the last week, flashing through my mind….
But just when the silence becomes awkward, he smiles, a twinkle in his eye. “Here’s who I say you are: my beloved, my friend. Someone I choose to give my life for.”
Oh my. What can you say to that? If you think deeply about it, does it change your answer to his questions?
“What about you, <your name here>? Who do you say I am?”