Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Who do you say I am? (Mark 8:27-30)

Throughout life we are faced by lots of questions that require answers – some more serious than others. Yesterday I was looking at some answers that students have given to exam questions:

Q: Name the four seasons.
A: Salt, pepper, mustard and vinegar.

Q: What happens to your body as you age?
A: When you get old, so do your bowels and you get intercontinental.

Q; Name a major disease associated with cigarettes.
A: Premature death.


Q: How can you delay milk turning sour?
A: Keep it in the cow.

Q: What does the word "benign" mean?
A: Benign is what you will be after you be eight.

Q: What is a turbine?
A: Something an Arab wears on his head.

Q: What is a Hindu?
A: It lays eggs.


In Mark 8:27-30, Jesus asks his disciples a question of the great importance, "Who do people say I am?"

To which the disciples reply, "Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets."

Then Jesus asks another question, the most important question of all, "But what about you? Who do you say I am?"

In asking this question, Jesus gets to the very heart of what matters most, who we think Jesus truly is, and how we respond to him. Because at the end of the day, what matters most is not what others such as parents, grandparents, husbands or wives, friends of neighbours think about Jesus, but what we think.

How we answer this question should shape the rest of our lives. Because a life changing relationship with God begins with the answer to the question – "Who do you say that I am?" The rest of life is a journey – with God – living that confession to the end of this age.

What is your answer to the question "Who do you say I am?"

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