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.” “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” – Mathew 16:13-16
In the small East Texas town of Carthage, Texas in which we live, there stands a monument based on the Footprints in the Sand poem written back in the 1930’s. It describes a walk along the beach with Jesus, who occasionally carries the narrator throughout his life during difficult times.
A few weeks ago, our daughter happened to be eating supper with us one night and told us a story of a close friend which had traveled to Carthage to visit her and our grandson and bringing along her son as well. She had mentioned to our daughter that she had found information about the monument which had been dedicated back in 2014 and wanted to visit it while she was in town.
While visiting the monument, which happens to include a 14 foot statue of Jesus holding an older gentlemen to his chest, they were also met with a man and his wife taking pictures of the statue. While continuing to gaze upon the enormous monument, the man soon asked my daughter and her friend, “Who is this Man?”. Here they had been drawn to this monument and was sure that this man had some major significance in life, but didn’t know why. My daughter and her friend proceeded to tell them the story of Jesus and the significance of the statue and how it correlates to how He carries us through difficult times in our lives who choose to believe in His existence. Wow! Talk about a divine appointment. Isn’t that just like Jesus!
Like His disciples, I believe Jesus is still asking you and I this very same question each and every day – in our homes – in our workplace – in our churches – in our everyday lives…Who do you and I say that He is? And like Peter, if we confess that He is the Messiah, the Son of the living God, do our lives clearly reveal that each day to the world in which we live. Are our lives seasoned with the fruit of the Spirit that cause the world to desire what we have?
It’s not enough my friend to hear stories, songs, and even our church leaders and shepherds tell about who Jesus is. We must each have our own personal experience and relationship with him and know within our hearts and spirit that He is, was and forever will be the Lord of Lords and King of Kings which we allow to reign in our lives each day.
Jesus asks each of us today, “Who do you say that I am?”