… what you say!
Jesus once asked His disciples who the people say He is,
… not because He did not know,
but because He wanted them to answer His next question …
He said to them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’
Mark 8 29
Jesus wanted His disciples to understand,
… it is not what others say about Him,
… or about anything else,
but that what matters is what they say.
What others say is merely an opinion, their opinion,
but what you say about something or about someone,
… is what is real to you.
In other words, what you call Jesus,
… is what He can be in your life.
What someone else calls Jesus or anything else,
… is simply information,
but what I call Him is what is real to me.
Peter answered and said to Him, ‘You are the Christ.’
Mark 8 29
That is what was real to Peter, never mind what anyone else said.
And it is exactly for this reason that Jesus continued…
Then He strictly warned them that they should tell no one about Him.
Mark 8 30
We need to decide for ourselves, who Jesus is in our lives,
as Paul had to do on the way to Damascus …
And he said, ‘Who are You, Lord?’
Then the Lord said, ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.’
Proverbs 11 30
Paul was persecuting people because of a name,
… not actually knowing who Jesus really was.
Who do you say that Jesus is?