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who are you?

By Adam Darbonne
May 15, 2020

Passages of the day: Click HERE ​to read today’s passages.

1 Samuel 17:1-18:4
John 8:21-30
Psalm 111:1-10
Proverbs 15:11

“‘Who are you?’ they asked.” (John 8:25)

It is the question that every generation for 20 centuries has asked Jesus. Jesus gives us an answer in this passage and it says, “even as he spoke, many believed.”

Your decision to believe or disbelieve the claims Jesus made about himself is the most important decision you’ll ever make. But I’m not just talking about the moment of salvation where you believe for the first time and receive the Spirit of God (though, of course I am talking about that too). What I’ve discovered, even again recently, is that I must choose to believe the statements Jesus made about himself every day. I must answer the question: “who is Jesus?” each morning.

If I’m honest, many mornings he is not the Great Physician who has saved me and has set an imperishable inheritance for me. He is not the all-powerful King returning in glory to bring justice; he isn’t the Son of Man before whom every knee will bow one day.

No doubt, some days he is. But what I’ve found is that if I am not persistent and relentless in my pursuit to discover who he is, every day, I begin to forget exactly who he is, and as I forget every area of my life- from my work, to my marriage, to my friendships, finances, and even my recreation- suffer.

So for me, it is important that I constantly answer that question. It’s funny, because every time I re-read the stories of Jesus in the gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) I discover a Jesus that is more complex and compelling than I remembered.

So today, will you ask Jesus the question again, “who are you?,” even as you read these passages? And I hope you’ll re-discover something about him that compels you to believe, trust, and follow him more fully and recklessly, once again.

To memorize:

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
all who follow his precepts have good understanding.
To him belongs eternal praise.

— Psalm 111:10

Prayer to start with: Lord, we pursuit you in all avenues of our life. You are everything to us. When we ask who you are, we can honestly say you are everything. We put our trust in you and know you will never leave or forsake us. Your love for us is eternal and for that we are grateful. Amen.