WHO DO MEN SAY THAT I AM?
13 Now when Jesus came into the parts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?” 14 They said, “Some say John the Baptizer, some, Elijah, and others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. (WEB)
Jesus' life was all about being a Son to His Heavenly Father. His public ministry was launched in the waters of baptism when His Father said... “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” and culminated on the cross with Jesus praying to his Father these words... “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit”
In today's passage of Scripture, Jesus asks His disciples who people were saying that He was. All of the people's observations were based on what Jesus did, not who He was. But then Jesus asked Peter what he thought and Peter's response was exactly the response that Jesus was looking for... "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."
Sonship was everything to Jesus. Though He was a prophet, being a prophet was not His identity. Though He healed the sick, this was not who He was. He was simply the Son of God. My prayer today, is that each one of us would draw our identity from the same source as Jesus. We may do many things in the Kingdom, but it is who we are that truly defines us... not what we do.
16 Jesus, when he was baptized, went up directly from the water: and behold, the heavens were opened to him. He saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove, and coming on him. 17 Behold, a voice out of the heavens said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” (WEB)