(Mark 8:27-30 ESV)
Who is Jesus?
Who do people say he is?
Is he merely a man? Is he just God? Can he really be God and Man together, both completely at the same time?
Back then as well as today.
To be able to see him as both.
It's hard to see him as human because I can't separate my frailities from my human. Sin is so interwoven into my life sometimes, and the EFFECTS of sin. They are such a part of my existence that it's hard to imagine a perfect human being. And that's what Jesus was.
It's hard to see Jesus as God though as well. Because he walked and talked and lived as a man.
And yet I can't deny who he is.
Man... walking, talking, living among the disciples. He got tired, he got angry, he needed to eat and drink.
God... He walked on water, healed people who were lame and blind and filled with demons. He did this without breaking a sweat.
He died. Oh my, he died and God turned the world black in his sorrow. God so LOVED his son. So very very much. Still let him die for us his people whom he also loves.
And then oh glorious day he rose again. The world was bright.
BUT we're not there yet in this story.
At this point the disciples are realizing who Jesus is.
They've walked along side him long enough to know that he is the Christ, the son of God.
At this point in history though, Jesus charges them. That's like giving them strict instructions, to not tell a soul who he really is. The time is not yet right you know? For now, people just have to keep learning who he truly is, but the disciples aren't to help them along the way.
All this will eventually change.
We can tell people who Jesus truly is.
They don't have to wonder or guess.
Now we can shout it from the roof tops. Jesus is God's son. He is our Saviour of the world!!!! He is not Elijah, or Moses, or some other prophet. He truly is the Son of God.
But here... at the start of Jesus' ministry, the time was not yet right for that proclamation to be so boldly made.
below an image of the villages of Caesarea Philippi.