Who are you? What's your identity? How do you describe yourself?
Many of us often define ourselves by what we spend our time doing.
"I'm a teacher."
"I'm an engineer."
"I'm a student."
Is your identity really defined simply and solely by what you do?
(For more on identity, check out this series I preached and taught in 2015).
Jesus asked his disciples, "Who do people say that I am?" Jesus wanted to know if his true identity was known. He wanted to know if it was obvious that he is the promised Messiah (Hebrew word for "Christ"). Some were convinced. Others had no idea. Many believed he was the promised King from David's line who would defeat their enemies and rebuild their land.
The reality of Jesus's identity is wrapped up in who he says he is. The Bible uses a variety of terms to describe Jesus: Son of Man, Son of God, Messiah, Christ, Lord, Rabbi, Teacher. I hope to explain a few of these Sunday morning.
But you have to realize that we believe Jesus is the Son of God because all he said would happen, came true. Most significantly, Jesus rose from the dead. He said before his death that he would die and rise. He said it multiple times. If he didn't rise from the dead, then he pulled the world's largest April Fool's joke ever. If he did rise from the dead, it changes everything...including you and me.
Who are you? You're a child of God first and foremost. You belong.
You are, because He is.
He lived out his identity.
Will you live out yours?
Alive in Christ!