Who do you say I am?
This is the question the messiah Jesus asked Peter (Simon Peter).
Here is a song from a brother – gone to be with Christ – which addresses that question and explores what may people say and have said over the years about Jesus. Larry Norman died this day in 2008.
Larry was a man of great gifting (talent), complexity and depth (a blessing and reportedly a nightmare). Larry was not a prophet – for Jesus is that last Prophet (being the one whom all previous prophets spoke of and pointed to). Yet his songs are often prophetic in content.
Not all his songs were great – but he wrote and crafted at least a dozen masterpieces. Here’s one from 1972.
When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”
14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”
16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you that you are Peter,[a] and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades[b] will not overcome it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be[c] bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be[d] loosed in heaven.” 20 Then he ordered his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.
Scripture section elecronically sourced from http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+16:13-20