When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” “Well,” they replied, “some say John the Baptist, some say Elijah, and others say Jeremiah or one of the other prophets.” (Matthew 16:13, 14 NLT)
So I’m curious. Why did Jesus ask his disciples what other people were saying about him?
Was this some type of informal poll or executive 360 evaluation?
Had Jesus heard rumours and was trying to either confirm or quash them?
If he was just trying to find out what his disciples thought, he could have simply and directly asked them. Jesus never seemed to have difficulty being direct with those closest to him.
Maybe this was one more glimpse into Jesus humanity. His very human struggle with insecurities and the effects of others opinions.
“Are people talking about me?”
“What are they saying?”
“What do you think?”
“Do you agree with them?”
I’m just wondering, but if Jesus wrestled with some insecurity, then perhaps he can identify with me in more ways than I thought.
When I pour out my heart and wrestle with who I am, what others say about me and my purpose, He knows exactly what I mean. From experience.
Just a thought. What do you think?