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Who do you say I AM?

Jesus asked his disciples, WHO DO YOU SAY THAT I AM?  Only Peter answered “You are the Messiah, the Son of the Living God.”

Was Jesus giving a pop quiz?  Maybe.   More to the point, why would He ask this?  Was He attempting to gain recognition from his nearest & dearest?

I think he had another motive.

If you look at the miracles performed in the canonical gospels, most were quite public.  Yet this question was posed privately.  Example?

Consider the disparaging comments Jesus had for those about to stone the woman taken in adultery.  Getting a mob to re-think their “eye for an eye” mentality at that time, was indeed a miracle.


Genesis has many lessons in it, if you look closely.  There are several in the Creation story alone–besides the temptation and “fall of man.” (though this could be a lecture within itself)  However, I’m going to fast forward to Moses in Exodus.

When Moses conversed with the Divine, then questioned “Who am I to say has sent me?”  The reply was “I AM WHO AM.”  Some translations have “I AM THE ONE WHO IS.”  I’m sure he still wondered  “who is this I Am?”


Fast forward once more.  Rather, lets go back to where we started–with Jesus.  He is now being questioned by the Pharisees.  Demanding an answer, the Sanhedrin wants an answer to “are you the Messiah, the Son of the Living God?”  Jesus states “I Am.”  That reply ensured his demise.

Why does this question turned statement engage, enrage, and stir up so much controversy?  Yet still manages to strike awe and mystery in those who hear it?






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