“Who do you say that I am?” Jesus asks his disciples. He has already asked them who others say that he is, and they’ve responded with “John the Baptist, Elijah, Jeremiah, or one of the other prophets;” but then he asks them who they say that he is, and Peter responds with, “the Messiah, the Lord.”
We’ve already said some things about who Jesus is this morning in the Apostle’s Creed. The Apostle’s Creed was originally compiled from statements people made at their baptism. They would confess loyalty or belief in God the Father and Creator, God the Son in Christ, and God the Holy Spirit— three persons, one God. And eventually, these confessions got put together into a creed (after a lot of arguing about what should be in it!) Did you notice what we confess about Jesus? We call him Lord— stating the authority he has in our lives; we state that he is the Son of God; we state that he was born and that he died and that he rose again. And that’s a lot. But isn’t it curious that his entire life is signified only by a comma? He was born of the Virgin Mary, comma, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried... If we didn’t know anything about him, we may think that he died as a child since there is nothing in there about his life or his ministry— about the Way that he established.