Over the last few posts, we can see that the disciples following Jesus seemed to be pretty slow in their trust of the Lord. They have a hard time applying what He did in the past, to their present challenges. Of course, that’s our problem sometimes as well.
I’ve found that the questions Jesus asks are just as important as His teachings. It draws out what’s really going on inside of us. He wants to activate the faith that may be lying dormant within us.
For this reason, He asks the disciples some questions.
Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, “Who do people say I am?”
They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.”
This is an interesting conversation between the Lord and His followers. Jesus asks them who the crowds think He is. In reading the original Greek, it sounds like their initial answer is, “John the Baptist.” Then they added that some say Elijah or another lesser known prophet.
That’s funny when you think about it because Jesus was baptized by John. They were seen together on a few occasions.
This actually shows us how society works. When someone becomes famous, and people start to recognize their name, it’s as if they had never existed before that moment.
When Jesus was baptized by John, He probably stood in line like everyone else. Even though John recognized who the Lord was, to the casual observer, Jesus was simply one of many being baptized that day.
They didn’t see Jesus studying and meditating on the Scripture for His first 30 years. They didn’t see the hours of fasting and prayer over His future ministry to Israel. They never knew about the 40 days He spent in the wilderness being tested.
The foundation of the house is the most important part, yet it’s the part rarely seen in the completed structure. That’s why there can be no shortcuts in the preparation seasons of our ministry. It’s frustrating to realize it, but most will never know the hard work that went into what people eventually see in public.
The disciples knew the reality.
“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”
Peter answered, “You are the Christ.”
Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about him.
They were finally able to voice what they had been thinking inside. It was no longer a question; could this be the Messiah? Now it was a definitive statement.
We need to follow the example of Christ. Are you believing for God to accomplish something extraordinary through you? Then don’t look for the shortcuts.
Don’t become so frustrated that you drop out during your season of preparation. Continue to do what you know to do. Allow the Lord to bring you to the place you need to be in Him. Then, at the appointed time, you’ll see the manifestation of God’s Word to you.
Question: What are you believing God to bring about in your life?
© 2018 Nick Zaccardi