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Who Is Jesus?

Updated: Feb 23, 2021


Text: Mark 8:27-30 (ESV)

Who is Jesus? This is a question many people have asked. If you were to do a quick Google search, you may find some historical facts. He was a first-century Jewish teacher. He is the central figure in Christianity. You would find articles that say He was the Son of God. You may also find articles written by those who are skeptical. Was Jesus a real person at all?

Seemingly, from the time Jesus walked on this earth, there have been many opinions to the question, “Who is Jesus?”. Jesus Himself once asked His disciples this very question and it was answered with many different opinions.

MARK 8:27-30 (ESV)

“And Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi. And on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” And they told him, “John the Baptist; and others say, Elijah; and others, one of the prophets.” And he asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Christ.” And he strictly charged them to tell no one about him.”

Jesus is just not what people were expecting. The kingdom of God, the kingdom that Jesus establishes, is not what people were expecting. In fact who Jesus is and what Jesus is doing seems to be completely different from what many expected.

Jesus, receiving many different answers to the question, “Who do men say that I am?” asks a more direct question to His disciples. It’s really the question we need to ask ourselves. What others may say about Jesus is not as important as who we say Jesus is. What does Jesus’ life and teaching, His death, burial, and resurrection from the dead mean to me? That’s not to say that the opinions of others do not matter or that they are not important, but my salvation is not based on the opinions of others. My salvation is based on my understanding, my faith, who I believe Jesus is, not what others believe.