Posted on Aug 23, 2009
Jesus asked in Matthew 16:13-20, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” (“Son of Man” was one of the ways he referred to himself.) Then he asked his followers who they thought he was.
I have a similar question for any reader here who is not a follower of Jesus Christ. It’s not quite the same question, though; it’s not “who do you think Jesus was?” I expect many of you would say that he was a legend or something of that sort, and that we have no reliable information on who he was. My question instead is this: given the account we have of Jesus’ life in the New Testament, who is he presented to be in that context and what was his central message?
Jesus followed up his first question that day by asking his followers who they thought he was. I will ask followers of Christ a similar follow-up question in a day or two, and I’m requesting that you hold off on answering this until then. First we’ll allow others to express their views.