Mark 8:27-30 Who Do You Say I am?

Mark 8

Mark 8:27-30

27 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 Messiah.”30 Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about him.

Who is Jesus to me? These were the words that came to mind as I was reading this text. To many people, Jesus could be other things. To some Jesus is their motivator, to some Jesus is their psychiatrist, to some Jesus is their emergency lifeline. Who is Jesus to me?

This was the start of Jesus publicly announcing who He is and the kingdom of God. Midway through the book of Mark, we saw miracles, signs, and wonders but in the following verses and chapter after verse 30, Jesus would start to talk about the plan that would make Him King.

When we get to know Jesus, we realize that He is not just an addition to make our life better. Jesus is not another ingredient to make life more meaningful. Jesus is actually the only ingredient you need. Jesus does not make life meaningful – He is the source of meaning. In short, Jesus changes our life, our values, and our beliefs. That’s how Jesus affects us. We don’t add Him, He comes in to do His work in us.


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