Posted by: Brad Beaman | April 4, 2010

What do you think about Jesus?

Here is the passage (Mark 8:27-30) known as the “Great Confession”

The dictionary definition of confess is to admit or acknowledge.

We are used to seeing confessions in detective shows. The detective brings out the evidence of crime and the guilty finally declares, OK I did it, I am guilty. They admit or acknowledge their deed.

Sometimes confessions can be shocking.  That happens when someone admits or acknowledges something that surprises everyone. I knew of a Pastor friend who had published an article in Leadership Journal. Oh my how he made a confession.

He confessed, “There was a time I did not love my wife.”  He said as a matter of fact I did not even speak to her. Since I knew this Pastor it was a shocking confession for me to read.  Of course I read on. He said, I never loved my wife, spoke to her, but then we met and started dating and that all changed. Ha ha! It was no confession at all. He set me up and I was totally taken in by his fake confession to draw in his readers. What seemed like an earth shattering confession, in reality wasn’t really saying much.    

Peter’s confession is not like that. In just a few simple words Peter makes a statement known as the Great confession. Peter acknowledges the greatest truth of all, “You are the Christ.”

Mark 8:27-30 (New International Version)

Peter’s Confession of Christ

 27Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, “Who do people say I am?”

 28They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.”

 29“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”
      Peter answered, “You are the Christ.”

 30Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about him.

Jesus is finally alone with his disciples at Caesarea Philippi. He has been trying for an occasion alone with them since chapter 6. He sent out the twelve, tried to retreat, fed the 5,000, walks on water, confronts the Pharisees, cleanses a woman’s demon possessed daughter, heals a deaf man, feeds 4,000 and restores sight of a blind man.

Jesus gets disciples ready for rough roads ahead. Jesus has a great question to ask the disciples, but first he asks the lead up question. Who do people say I am? There are a lot of rumors churning through the rumor mill about this one.

Some say John the Baptist. You can see some similarities. Both preached repentance. Both had the attention of the multitudes. Mark 6:14-16 Jesus name was becoming well known saying John the Baptist raised from dead. Herrod thought Jesus was John the Baptist raised, who he had beheaded.

Some say Elijah the prophet. Elijah was a man of miracles. He called fire down from heaven. Elijah’s life on earth did not end the traditional way of death and a funeral. He was caught up to heaven in a whirlwind when the chariots of God swung down. People said this miracle worker might be Elijah.   

Matthews Gospel also mentioned Jeremiah. Jesus was like Jeremiah and some of the other prophets in that religious leaders opposed him. Both were living with constant death threats because of the pointed preaching they delivered.

What if you asked that question today of Jesus. Who do people say Jesus is? If you conducted your own poll what would you find out? What are people saying regards to who Jesus is?

There many who hold to a teaching today that fall as short as the prevailing views in Jesus day. Some say he is a created being, others that he is one of many pre-existing spirits, still others an example, a good moral teacher, a  prophet …………. But not the unique Son of God.

Jesus moves on to the great question that produced the great confession. Who do you say I am?

Peter, the natural leader of the group responds. You can picture Jesus looking right at Peter. You are the Christ.  It means the anointed one. Jesus you are the Christ the Son of the living God.

Jesus is about to unload on them the tragic events that will soon happen. How he must suffer, even die and be raised again.

The disciples need to know Jesus is the Christ, son of the Living God. Upon this confession Jesus builds his church. Jesus himself is the chief cornerstone.    

The messiah Son of God said so much. The awaited one, the Savior, the restorer of Israel. What is soon to take place in God’s divine plan has not come to full timing so Jesus tells his disciples not to tell anyone.  The crowd already tried to thwart Jesus mission after the feeding of 5,000 so he tells them not to tell this publically yet. Let God reveal this as He did to Peter.    

Peter answered admitted confessed, Jesus is the Christ.

Now the great question for you is not what others think about Jesus. What do you think about Jesus?  

Jesus turns to you. He looks directly at you and asks, who do you say that I am? What do you think? Where do you stand? Have you placed your faith in Jesus? Can you make the great confession?

That is the most important matter you will ever settle in your whole life. What is your response to Jesus?

Jesus mission hinged on his disciples understanding this. A true confession of Jesus Christ will produce Spiritual Birth in the disciples. They will turn the world upside down. Jesus Christ is giving new life to the multitudes that are spiritually dead. Jesus asks you, who do you say that I am.

 Listen to the voice of God. Jesus asks you the great question. Who do you say that I am?

Will you make the great confession? Jesus you are the Christ, Son of the Living God.

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