Every week you’ll find different types of posts here on the ABS blog. Today’s post is for teachers, to encourage conversation and reflection in your Bible study group. Each “Let’s Talk About” activity can be used at any time during your meeting and lasts approximately 10-15 minutes.
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18 Once when Jesus was praying by himself, the disciples joined him, and he asked them, “Who do the crowds say that I am?”
19 They answered, “John the Baptist, others Elijah, and still others that one of the ancient prophets has come back to life.”
20 He asked them, “And what about you? Who do you say that I am?”
Peter answered, “The Christ sent from God.”
21 Jesus gave them strict orders not to tell this to anyone. 22 He said, “The Human One must suffer many things and be rejected—by the elders, chief priests, and the legal experts—and be killed and be raised on the third day.”
23 Jesus said to everyone, “All who want to come after me must say no to themselves, take up their cross daily, and follow me. 24 All who want to save their lives will lose them. But all who lose their lives because of me will save them. 25 What advantage do people have if they gain the whole world for themselves yet perish or lose their lives? 26 Whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the Human One will be ashamed of that person when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels. 27 I assure you that some standing here won’t die before they see God’s kingdom.”
He asked them, “And what about you? Who do you say that I am?” —Luke 9:20
There was much speculation about Jesus’ true identity because word had spread of his healing miracles and teachings. Many believed he possessed an evil spirit and was some kind of sorcerer trying to fool people. Different groups were working to discredit Jesus’ identity and power. Again, Jesus turned to his disciples and put the question back onto them. Peter responded from the heart, without thinking or hesitating, “The Christ sent from God” (verse 20b).
As we grow older, we may become more concerned with the historical Jesus or get distracted from growing in a relationship with Jesus. Regardless of our age or our knowledge or our place along the faith journey, we must always respond to that same question. Acknowledging who Jesus is in our lives offers us the possibility to follow the risen Lord each day.
Questions to Discuss:
Why do you think Jesus asked this question of his closest friends? Do you think they had doubts? Do you have doubts?
When are we most likely to forget about Jesus, or to stop working on our relationship with him? When are we most likely to cry out to Jesus and ask him to be with us?
How do you answer Jesus’ question today?
How can we get to know Jesus in a more personal way?