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Jesus asked, "Who do you say that I am?"
Who do you say that I am?
Who do you say that I Am? Jesus asked that of his disciples in Mark 8:29. Over the years people have answered that question. Some said He was a good man. Others said he was a story and that the literal interpretation is not the intention, but the moral behind the story. Others say He is the cause of all evil today. Still, who do you say that He is?
Did he even live? Is there another place that tells of Jesus outside the Bible? Josephus wrote about Jesus in his work, Antiquities of the Jews (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josephus_on_Jesus). Josephus was a Jewish historian during the time just after Jesus’ death and resurrection. The man was not intending to preach or spread Christianity, he was just there to report the facts. So the man Jesus did in fact live. Still, who do you say that He is? The blog is about who He is, not did he live.
Jesus’ disciples told that others said he was Elijah, the resurrected John the Baptist, or one of the prophets (Mark 8:28). All these descriptions are said of Him today. What does it matter, if he was a prophet or John the Baptist? Really, that was 3000 years ago, how does that affect me today, except to try and be a good person. Does His life really have eternal consequences?
Peter said in Mark 8:29b, “Peter answered, “You are the Messiah.” Was he really the Messiah, was He really God? The soldier near the cross at Jesus death said, “And when the centurion, which stood over against him, saw that he so cried out, and gave up the ghost, he said, Truly this man was the Son of God” (Mark 15:39). Still, you think, what does that have to do with me? A god, there were many gods throughout historical writings, why is He so important? That importance is up to you, but read the Bible, check out His life in the Bible in books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, and then ask the question to yourself, “Who do you say that He is?”