When Jesus asked His disciples, “Who do people say that I am,” He received a variety of responses, none of which were correct (Mark 8:27-28). When He asked His disciples, “Who do you say that I am,” Peter responded correctly, saying, “You are the Christ” (Mark 8:29). If posed this same question, how would you answer, and what would be the basis for your response? Let’s revisit the identity of Jesus by asking, “who did Jesus say He is”?
11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. 13 He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. 14 I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd.17 For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again.18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.”