- “But what about you?” he asked.
- “Who do you say I am?”
Matthew 16:15, NIV
I would suggest to you, that these two questions are quite pivotal and critical. Nothing explains a man or woman more. Nothing means more, or is of greater consequence than how you answer these two questions. One by one, we are led to this particular place, and it is required of us to explain ourselves. And essentially that is what will happen. We have to come to a decision.
“What about you?” The first question asked, reduces us and causes us to come to a place of personal responsibility. We dare not sidestep, or look for an emergency exit. The issue, front and center is “you.” It must be stated that questions like this one is not a way to stay popular. You don’t win people’s hearts like this. “What about you?” In my mind this is a whole lot of personal decision-making. Commitment is not easy. (And if it is too easy, be very alert.)
The second question, “Who do you say that I am?” is masterful. Jesus is speaking to those close disciples. Essentially he is asking them to decide, once and for all, his placement into their lives.
- Is he a good teacher?
- A healer?
- A revolutionary or social catalyst?
- A prophet?
He is all of these–but much more. It’s interesting that Jesus never took a lesser position. He was the “Son of God.” He comes to us, and asks us to decide for ourselves.
The decision awaits us. When we gather up information to evaluate him, it isn’t “Trivial Pursuit.” Our decisions are quite significant and defining. This here are the ultimate “fork in the road.” Our lives will extrapolate out and then take us to places we never thought we would be. Jesus knows this, he understands us.
In conclusion, another question. Are you even ready to be addressed with these two ultimatums? Are you in a “good place” where you are even approachable? We all must go through this gauntlet of blazing truth, and decide for oneself. Truly blessed is the person who will not stumble in this place of decision.
“Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live!
Deut. 30:19, NLT