Imagine for a moment that you’re sitting in your favourite devotional, study, or prayer place. More specifically, imagine it’s your favourite place where you enjoy learning about who the LORD is. Because we are all so unique our place of choice may vary greatly or we might choose a variety of places – several paths, so to speak. Now imagine in the midst of your reading or reflection or conversation that Jesus shows up and very pointedly asks you two questions: Who do others say I am? Who do you say I am?
I have been reflecting on this passage from Luke 9 for the last little while and spoke this last week on it. (See the attached link below.)
18 Now it happened that as he was praying alone, the disciples were with him. And he asked them, “Who do the crowds say that I am?” 19 And they answered, “John the Baptist. But others say, Elijah, and others, that one of the prophets of old has risen.” 20 Then he said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” And Peter answered, “The Christ of God.”
And today is Good Friday, though I am not entirely sure how we came to call it “Good” because it was a terrible day for Jesus. For Jesus it was a day that he was – as an innocent man! – flogged, spat upon, mocked, rejected, betrayed, in excruciating pain from all the physical beatings he’s endured, he was carrying a cup of suffering, and was nailed to a cross to die. “He became sin who knew no sin.”
I know that his death is not the end of the story, but just for today, let us ask ourselves: Who do you say I am? What does this day teach us about Jesus?
Prayer: Precious Lord reveal yourself to us.
Here is the link to the message I shared during Horizon’s chapel this past week. It talks about why we must answer this question and how we can go about gaining answers to this question.
The Reverend Carmen Kampman is a woman on the road of leadership. Ordained with the PAOC, she is a steward of God’s call to women in ministry. She is on staff at Horizon College & Seminary and a graduate student in the Masters of Leadership program at Briercrest Seminary.