One day Jesus left the crowds to pray alone. Only his disciples were with him, and he asked them, “Who do people say I am?” (Luke 9:18)
You know what He does. You have heard the reputation of the works that He’s done. But don’t think for a moment that you have him sussed out.
He insisted that those who spread the good news did so without any resources! That would be ridiculous. Don’t even take a change of clothing? Who is this guy? Empowered to heal the sick and preach the good news, but not equipped otherwise – what is that teaching? (Think about it.)
He was happy to teach crowds about the Kingdom of God well into the late afternoon. When it was time to eat, He insisted that His disciples feed the crowds … with just a few pieces of fish and bread. Who is this guy? Enabled with the word of a new way of life, but not equipped otherwise – what is that teaching? (Think about it.)
He confirmed to His disciples that He was indeed the Messiah and then went onto state and later reinforce that the way of the Messiah was the way of the cross. Eh? The man who would rescue and rule, would be reviled and rejected before being brutally murdered as a criminal? Who is this guy? Emancipating as the Messiah, but not equipped to do that without going through suffering – what is that teaching? (Think about it.)
He wasn’t precious about who used His name as long as they were for His name and He outlined that the greatest are those who are the least. Wait, what? The least? The greatest? That doesn’t make sense! Who is this guy? Enjoying being the Messiah who serves the least so that all can come in, but not equipping others without them giving up everything to follow in the same path – what is that teaching? (Think about it?)
It’s a voyage of discovery to truly know who Jesus is. It’s a voyage in which you must be prepared to have your expectations turned upside down. It’s a voyage that demands you to look to Him alone. It’s a fulfilling and rewarding voyage full of suffering and rejection. It’s a prosperous voyage without obvious resources at hand. It’s a voyage to greatness on the foundations of humility.
It’s the way of life that constantly calls you to ask the question – Who is this guy? And get ready for a beautiful eternity of answers … and more questions.
For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J. Dryden