Intro: Rumors are everywhere; talk and opinions widely disseminated with no discernible source of truth. A rumor is basically gossip and the Bible warns against engaging in it (Pro 18:6-7). And, those who even listen knowing information is gossip then turn to pass it on are described as low in character (Pro 17:4).
Words can build up a person or tear him or her down; life and death is in the power of the tongue (Pro 18:21). Therefore, rumors are not harmless; a simple “oops,” “I’ll retract it later,” or “I’m sorry” doesn’t change the damage that has been done. Strangely our sinful nature likes sharing info that gets us a level of attention, but believers have the responsibility to speak wisdom and truth if we are going to open our mouths.
In our passage today, rumors have been circulating about the true identity of Jesus. Jesus listens to the disinformation and rumors, but spends no time responding to any of it. Instead, he turns to his disciples and asks a much more important question, “But, who do you say I am?”
This is the same question Jesus places before every human who hears about him; we will be judged by our answer. We actually answer Jesus’ question by how we live our lives every day. Do we honor and love God wholeheartedly? Do we look for the power to love our neighbors…even the difficult ones? If we really believe Jesus is the Anointed One, we will be confident in his ability and love to bring redemption, refreshment, resources, and restoration to everyone who wants to know the heart of God and live for his purpose. We will not doubt his sovereignty, authority, or power, because he has promised to be what we lack. Believers will declare Jesus is the Savior and the ruler of heaven and earth. Jesus is the Anointed One—he has the power to accomplish every task; therefore, we must stay connected to him. Peter declares the truth about Jesus. What do you say?
Luke 9:18-20 (NLT) Peter’s Declaration about Jesus
18 One day Jesus left the crowds to pray alone. Only his disciples were with him, and he asked them, “Who do people say I am?”
19 “Well,” they replied, “some say John the Baptist, some say Elijah, and others say you are one of the other ancient prophets risen from the dead.”
20 Then he asked them, “But who do you say I am?”
Peter replied, “You are the Messiah [the Anointed One] sent from God!”
Prayer: Lord, thank you for the anointing of your Spirit who empowers believers to know you, receive your revelation for life, so we can speak the Truth in love to others. In Jesus’ name. Amen.