Once when Jesus was praying in private and his disciples were with him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say I am?”
19 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, that one of the prophets of long ago has come back to life.”
20 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”
Peter answered, “God’s Messiah.” (Luke 9:18–20 , NIV)
Peter’s confession of Jesus as God’s Messiah was what we might call a game-changer. This one who was sent by God was the one to redeem the world … even if the way he went about doing so did not look exactly like his followers expected.
If Jesus was going to ask the same question he did in verse 18 to us today, how would we answer: Who do the crowds say that I am?
Why do you think people had such a difficult time understanding who Jesus was? Why do they still have a difficult time doing so today?
What does it mean for Jesus to be God’s Messiah?