When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”
They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
Matthew 16: 13 – 14
Weren’t the disciples an interesting bunch? We tend to think of them as spending all their time with Jesus when in fact they spent a lot of time acting as Jesus eyes and ears amongst the people. There are stories in the Gospels of them bringing people to Jesus, of distributing the bread when he fed the 500 and sadly of them keeping the children from him at one point. They were perfectly placed to hear what others were saying about Jesus.
Even with Jesus physically present and doing miracles left right and centre there was still a mixed reaction. You can see from the text how people did believe he was special. However that did not translate to being the messiah. Tomorrow will look at who the disciples thought he was. Before we get to that, today might be a good day to explore what you think of Jesus? Who is he to you? Good teacher, messiah, prophet, friend, something else? How rooted is your idea of Jesus in popular culture, folklore or the Bible?
Pray: Dear God, you are many things to many people. My prayer is to know you personally as my saviour. I come to you because I trust you and I believe you are the Son of God.
Act: Ask a couple of people round you who they think Jesus is and explore with them their answer.