“Who Do YOU Say That I Am?”
We love that Christ asks this question. He not only asks it in general, but specifically He asks this of His disciples – those who had been following Him. Peter answers with with a short list of who others say that He is, but Christ breaks through and repeats the question: I know who others think that I am, listen Peter, I love you and am asking you – who do you, Peter, say that I am?
That is a thing of beauty. In the midst of the masses, the questions, the confusion, the lies, Jesus comes face to face, so gently and whispers: Who do YOU say that I am?
In our EDGE adventures, we are all about relationships. We look forward to forging new ones, getting to know people, sharing our lives and inevitably our conversations come to this question. We believe that everyone has a story, an history full of hurts and love, victories, failures and secrets and these form, who they think He is.
They form who WE think He is. The beauty of Christ is that He acknowledges who we all think He is, with our misunderstandings, biases, fears, anger, religious convictions, feelings – He comes in and meets us there, in the midst of confusion and speaks peace and truth.
I think that there are many times throughout life that Christ asks this question of our hearts; He doesn’t ask to condemn us, but center us: Come let us talk about what’s going on. Have you forgotten who I am?
Peter does answer this questions: Simon Peter answered, “‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus said to him, ‘Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.…'”
God is patient. He changes our hearts to see this when we are ready.
As the Summer EDGies meet people around town, create bonds of friendship and trust, they are constantly reminded that everything is in God’s timing and He will turn the hearts of the people to understand Him, not collectively, but one-by-one, as their hearts grow ready for the truth.