When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.” (Matthew 16:13–18, NIV 1984).
My Musings – What is the rock upon which you base your beliefs? Is it tradition? Your denomination? What your parent’s taught you? Your culture? Nationalism? What your professor’s lectured about? Logic? Pragmatism? Science? In other words, who do these things say the Son of Man is?
What point was Jesus trying to drive home to His disciples? Should it really matter to them who other people or things say Jesus is? Not really. They may be informative, but they are not decisive. When it comes right down to it, what really matters is the next question Jesus asked. Who do you say I am? As witnesses, we can only communicate what the Gospel says. It is up to the hearer of the Gospel to appropriate what the Gospel says.
My Advice – One cannot get to heaven based upon their parent’s beliefs, traditions or culture. Only who you say, and accept what, Jesus is will do that. It is a very personal thing. Who do you say He is? Are you standing on solid rock or on sinking sand (tradition, culture…)?
The Solid Rock
My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand,
All other ground is sinking sand.