Read: Luke 9v18– 27
Once when Jesus was praying in private and his disciples were with him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say I am?”
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.”
“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”
Peter answered, “God’s Messiah.”
Jesus strictly warned them not to tell this to anyone. And he said, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.”
Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self? Whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.
“Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God.”
Meditate: There are some questions that, depending on your answer, will change your life for ever.
Jesus’ question was not an easy one, because ‘God’s Messiah’ was supposed to do various things that Jesus hadn’t done. The coming Messiah, the ‘anointed king’, was supposed to rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem. He was supposed to defeat the enemy armies, the pagans. And he was supposed to bring justice and peace to the world by establishing a new rule, a new way of governing God’s people and God’s world. And though Jesus had done many remarkable things he hadn’t actually done any of those.
On top of that, the answer to this question has immediate consequences. If you think Jesus is the Messiah, then you are committed to following him, even when he tells you he’s off to Jerusalem to die.
Are you ready for that?
Pray: Imagine you are sitting around the fire with Jesus and he asks you, “Who do you say that I am?” Tell him your answer. Tell him how much you love him and tell him what things you find difficult. Ask him to give you a share in his faith and courage, to follow him wherever he leads and whatever it costs.
Engage: Fast from technology: tv, computer, internet, video games, and music