Today’s Thoughts – Who is Jesus to you?
By Pastor Lee Hemen
May 10, 2010
Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, “Who do people say I am?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.” (Mark 8:27-28)
Having studied people and the Scriptures for more than 35 years, I have discovered that you can immediately tell a lot about a man by what he says he believes about Jesus. Notice I did not say, “What he believes about God.” If you ask someone about what they believe about God, you will get all kinds of mushy wishy-washy concepts from “he is my bud” to God as “an ultimate being,” whatever that means, and all things in-between as well. One guy told me that he and God had come to “an understanding.” What that meant was actually he had come to some convoluted understanding of how he wanted God to fit into his lifestyle without cramping him too much. I had another man tell me that he “thought about God a lot.” When I pushed him to tell me what that meant, he could not say.
Sadly, a lot of men never think about God, except to see him perhaps in his creation of their children as babies or in nature when they go hunting or fishing. Jesus never let men escape with such stupid answers concerning him. From the religious narrow-minded leaders of his day, to the rough and tumble fishermen that accompanied him, he demanded answers from them as to who they thought he was. Here, in this section of Mark’s gospel, we find Jesus and his disciples walking along a road, headed to “to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, ‘Who do people say I am?’” It seems at first glance to be a simple question, but in reality, it is not. The answer demands an understanding of Jesus that many men fail to grasp, especially in our day and age.
The men answer not from who they thought Jesus was, but in how others saw Jesus as, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.” It gives us some insight to how men see Jesus. Often they see him as just another good old boy, like John the Baptist. Jesus was just one of the boys who could spit and chew with the rest of them, and who would stir up the status quo. Others see Jesus as a good dude who went about doing good things for widows and orphans. Then there are those who are not quite sure of who Jesus is but realize in some way that he might be a holy man of God somehow. And they know he might be coming back again and all of those who did dirt to others will get theirs. It is a rather convoluted Catholic premillennial dispensational History Channel end times Nostradamus view of Jesus.
Dear child of God, could you answer the question, “Who do you say Jesus is?” Here’s a hint to the answer: He is not any of the things I have listed so far. If you want to learn just who Jesus is, ask him yourself after you have read his life story as found in the gospels. I guarantee you that you will have a whole new insight as to who Jesus truly is.
Pastor Lee Hemen has been the outspoken pastor of the same church for 25 years in Vancouver, WA. He writes regularly on spirituality and conservative causes and maintains several web blogs. This article is copyrighted © 2010 by Lee Hemen and is the sole property of Lee Hemen, and may not be used unless you quote the entire article and have my permission. You now have my permission…