Who do you say Jesus is?

Luke Bible Background

04.03.2018 – New Testament: Luke 9.18–20

To read the Bible in a year, read Luke 9.1–36 on April 3, In the year of our Lord 2018

By Don Ruhl

Knowing the identity of Jesus surpasses all other knowledge we should have. Therefore, Jesus asked His disciples what public opinion was about Him,

And it happened, as He was alone praying, that His disciples joined Him, and He asked them, saying, “Who do the crowds say that I am?” So they answered and said, “John the Baptist, but some say Elijah; and others say that one of the old prophets has risen again.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered and said, “The Christ of God” (Luke 9.18–20).

For people to say that Don Ruhl is John the Baptist or Elijah or one of the old prophets risen from the dead would be highly complimentary. However, to say that Jesus was any of these men shows that we do not know His true identity. Jesus is the Christ of God, which is the same as saying that He is the Chosen One of God.

Questions:

  • Who do you say that Jesus is?
  • Why do you think some compared Jesus to John the Baptist, Elijah, or one of the old prophets?

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