“What about you? Mark 8:27-30

Mark 8:27-30 “Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, “Who do people say I am?” 28 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.” 29 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Peter answered, “You are the Christ.” 30 Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about him.”
Marco 8:27-30 “Poi Gesù se ne andò, con i suoi discepoli, verso i villaggi di Cesarea di Filippo; strada facendo domandò ai suoi discepoli: «Chi dice la gente che io sia?» 28 Essi gli dissero: «Alcuni, Giovanni il battista; altri, Elia, e altri, uno dei profeti. 29 Egli domandò loro: «E voi, chi dite che io sia?» E Pietro gli rispose: «Tu sei il Cristo». 30 Ed egli ordinò loro di non parlare di lui a nessuno. ”
 
     Jesus and His disciples are now walking in the northern part of the region. He has just healed a blind man and as they are walking, Jesus chooses this time to ask the question that was rumored and is still being asked today: “Who do people say I am?”
Jesus already knew what was being said but it was now time to put the disciples on the spot. First, He asks them what others said about Him. Their answers were the same ones that had already been circulating (Mark 6:14-15). All three options were people who were already dead: John the Baptist who was recently beheaded, Elijah who lived 900 years earlier and the prophets who were all dead. Even if they had believed the stories about Jesus, they would have to admit that all these men would have to be raised from the dead. These three references are men of great stature and powerful ministries but they all fell short of the title of Messiah and none had been called the Messiah. After hearing the numerous testimonies of what had been said, Jesus brings the question directly to them: “But what about YOU?”
     As the disciples’ spokesman, the bold confession of Peter is also recorded in other Gospel accounts and points to a pivotal event in the life of Jesus’ disciples. The promised and long-awaited Messiah is now here. Their acknowledgement of who Jesus is will now open the door to discover what it will cost them for this confession. Our acknowledgement today also costs us. What is your confession when people ask “What about you?” 
Pray with me: Lord, I believe that You are the Messiah who came to save me from my sin. Help me to boldly confess You no matter the cost.


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