Truth for the Times

Now Jesus and His disciples went out to the towns of Caesarea Philippi; and on the road He asked His disciples, saying to them, “Who do men say that I am?”  So they answered, “John the Baptist; but some say, Elijah; and others, one of the prophets.”  He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”  Peter answered and said to Him, “You are the Christ.”  Then He strictly warned them that they should tell no one about Him.  Mark 8:27-30

Jesus had been preparing His disciples for this private meeting at which He intended to reveal to them what would happen to Him at Jerusalem. He had given hints along the way, but now He would explain matters to them more fully. He chose the road to Caesarea Philippi, a town about twenty-five miles north of Bethsaida, sitting at the foot of beautiful Mount Hermon.

It was confession time for the disciples. Imagine, if you were to go around asking your friends, “What do people say about me,” they would take it as evidence of pride.

What difference does it really make what people think or say about us? We are not that important! However, what people believe and say about Jesus Christ is important, for He is the Son of God and the only Savior of sinners. Our confession concerning Jesus Christ is a matter of life or death. The only confession that saves us is, “Jesus is Lord!” Especially when our confession comes from a heart that truly believes in Him.

Take a moment to ponder this same question from Jesus, “Who do you say that I am?”

For further study and encouragement:

  • John 20:31
  • John 8:21, 24
  • 1 John 2:22–27; 4:1–3
  • 1 Corinthians 12:1–3
  • Romans 10:9–10