The Second Question
That Really Matters
When Peter steps up and answers Jesus’ question (“Who do you say that I am?”) with magnificent determination, he reveals his deepening attachment to Jesus, the “Vine.” But close relationships are always a two-way street—so when we consider the truth about who Jesus really is and “name” him, Jesus also considers the truth about who we are and “names” us. After his closest friend is the first to publicly proclaim him as Messiah and the Son of God, Jesus fires back with this: “You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven” (Matthew 16:18-19, NASB).
As we have the courage to name Jesus, he is determined to name us, just as he did with Peter. Our purpose in life narrows in focus, simply, to feeding our fascination of all the surprising things Jesus said and did, then staying open to him identifying who we really are and what we’re made to do. We move Jesus from the background of our everyday activities into the foreground, and he surfaces our true identity from all the false things we, and others, try to pin on us. The second question that leads us to our life’s purpose is simple: “Who does Jesus say I am?”