February 10, 2021
By: Gabriel Tseng

And it happened that while He was praying alone, the disciples were with Him, and He questioned them, saying, “Who do the people say that I am?” They answered and said, “John the Baptist, and others say Elijah; but others, that one of the prophets of old has risen.” And He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” And Peter answered and said, “The Christ of God.” – Luke 9:18-20

“You’re married to 5-6 different women. And they are all the same woman,” he said. 

These words astounded me as it struck me that the person I married might change and become a new person every couple years. For someone who is pretty convinced of his own intelligence, this stone struck me like the stone that killed Goliath. I had never considered that I would need to continue in knowing my wife, and now my children. My kids are also watching me mature as I watch them growing up right before my eyes. 

This scene in which the disciples are asking this precise question, “who are you?” “How do we see each other?” becomes that much more personal and nuanced. As they have traveled together and lived together, the humanity of Jesus and the very nature God tied up together. This would have been a very hard question to answer succinctly. Who is Jesus to you? And how does this question begin to define who you are? In how we see Jesus, we not only declare who He is, but also who we are. We find that Peter’s heart, although imperfect, captures the whole of who Jesus is. “The Christ” means messiah, the promised one, the one he follows, the one who rules over all. The connotation of Christ means King, and all that it entails, yet this King is praying with His disciples on a hill, homeless, and chosen a ragtag bunch of ragamuffins to be his closest friends. 

Like being married or in any relationship, how we see Jesus shapes who we are and looking at Jesus changes how we see Him. As that relationship is nurtured with time spent, trust built, and walking together, we find that we change and the person has changed as well. A better perspective is that perhaps, we have grown to see the other person differently and notice things we did not see before. As Jesus slowly revealed more about who He was, the disciples began to see more of who He was, but until the Lord revealed Himself to them, they could not see Him clearly and fully. It’s amazing to watch this beautiful interaction on this hill, away from the crowds that Jesus chose to ask this question. In a a beautiful moment of vulnerability without much fanfare, He revealed such an important aspect of who He was to His trusted friends, and in so doing, Jesus also told them how very special they were that He was showing this part of Himself. If you hear these words, also be encouraged that that He chose to reveal Himself to you, and continues to invite you to know and see Him.