Matthew 16:15-16: “Then he asked them, ‘But who do you say I am?’ Simon Peter answered, ‘You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.’”

Who am I? It’s an important question to ask. We spend time getting to know the people in our lives, parents, relatives, classmates, work colleagues, and the list goes on and on. Besides getting to know a village of people throughout our lifetime, there’s also that person called “Me, Myself & I” whom we run into. We learn about ourselves as we interact with the people in our lives.

Jesus asks the “Who am I” question, discussing this topic not with the people on the street but with His circle of friends. His twelve followers have been around Him day in, day out for three consecutive years – three summers, three winters, three falls, and three springs. Twelve seasons for twelve followers to interact with Jesus and see Him interacting with strangers and family members! That’s a good amount of time to come to a few conclusions.

Who is Jesus? To find the answer to this question we need to spend time with Him. Only time will tell us who we are, who our friends are, and who God is. The powerful thing about spending time with the Lord is twofold: We get to know the Eternal One and we get to know ourselves.

Simon Peter blurted out the answer to Jesus’s question. Here is what He said: “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God” Jesus turned to Peter and looked Him in the eye as He said two things about him: “Peter you are the rock, and Peter you will betray me.”

It’s very hard to see ourselves realistically. We have the tendency to either overestimate or underestimate ourselves. God doesn’t. It’s a beautiful thing to get a glimpse of ourselves through God’s eyes. While it’s sobering to recognize our vulnerability, it is heartwarming to slowly realize how much we are loved by the Godhead.

Who is God? God is love. Who am I? I am loved by God. Only time can tell how true these words are.