Jesus is so persistent because this question—who we say Jesus is—is the most important question of our lives. Everything depends on it. It can sound crazy, this idea that our take on the identity of a guy who lived in Palestine some two thousand years ago is somehow the key to life. But I really think it’s the case. And so it is for our sake—not for his—that Jesus asks us again and again, patiently but persistently, “Who do you say I am?
—Matthew Croasmun, Let Me Ask You a Question: Conversations with Jesus (Upper Room Books 2018)
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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 answered him, “John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.” He asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Messiah.”
—Mark 8:27-29 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Lord, help me know the difference between what you ask of me and what the world asks of me.
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