THE MESSIANIC DEBATE
Luk 9:18 Once when Jesus was praying by himself, and his disciples were close, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say that I am?”
Luk 9:19 They answered, “John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others that one of the prophets of ages past has risen.”
Luk 9:20 Then he said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered, “The Christ from God.”
did Jesus know?
Last year I read a book in which scholars debated the meaning of Jesus. One of the chief matters up for debate was whether Jesus knew that he was the Messiah during his life and ministry before the cross. I think it is clear from the Gospels that he did.
Consider this event, recorded by Luke. Here, Jesus is praying, and his disciples were close enough that they could hear him. He pauses his prayers to ask the disciples who they think he is. Peter is brash enough to proclaim that Jesus is the Christ (Messiah) from God. At that point, Jesus did not want that fact publicised, because he had a date with a cross. But Jesus did not correct Peter. His messianic vocation was apparent to those who saw and heard Jesus pray. He was praying to his Father in the sky.
LORD, thank you for who you are, and for the privilege which is ours of testifying to that fact.