When the babies were little, we liked to play board games. I remember when we first brought home a game called “Guess Who”. It was a sort of “20 questions” situation – each player had a person card that their opponent must identify, narrowing the field by only asking yes and no questions.
We played along with the twins for a little bit as they were learning – it was tough at first to understand that their 2 people were not the same. It was also tough to understand that one was to ask questions that might apply to the opponent’s person, not your own. So we ask questions: “Does your person have red hair?” If the answer is yes, you flip all the people who do NOT have red hair (flip, flip, flip, flip, flip). “Does your person wear glasses?” If the answer is no, you flip all the people who DO wear glasses (flip, flip, flip, flip, flip). And the game continues until you have narrowed it down and can “guess who”. Fun! The first time the twins played without my help, it was fun to listen in:
Q: “Ty, does your person have a hat?” A: “No” and then flip, flip, flip, flip, flip
Q: “Jake, does your person have white hair?” A: “Yes!” and then flip, flip, flip, flip, flip
The kiss of death was having a girl – there weren’t nearly as many women as men on the board. And if your girl was wearing a hat? Practically game over before you start! My favorite exchange, and it still makes me smile:
Q: “Jakie, does your person have a beard?” A: “No” flip, flip, flip, flip, flip
Then Jacob added a little comment that changed the game: “That wasn’t a good question, Ty – because my person is a girl!” flip, flip, flip, flip, flip, flip, flip, flip, flip, flip, flip, flip, flip, flip, flip 🙂 Round one to Tyler, LOL!
One question can still change the game. Jesus asked the disciples a single question to end all other questions: “Who do you say I am?” Let’s take a quick look at the conversation:
When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”
They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”
Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven.” (Matthew 16:13-17 NIV)
Even for us today, the question must be settled in our minds: who is Jesus? Never mind who your friends say He is, never mind who your co-workers say He is, never mind who your family members say He is, it’s a question we must answer for ourselves and be able to trust fully in the reply: Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of the Living God! Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 15, “I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the scriptures” (15:3-4). “First of all” means “of first importance”, the main idea. Paul is saying “if you don’t get anything else from me, get this: Jesus died for our sins and was raised from the dead”.
One question, one answer that changes everything else. God sent His Son, Jesus, as a sacrifice for your sins, so that you could be reconciled to God.
Selah – pause, praise and think of that!
Accepting the truth of Jesus’ identity (and not having to “guess who”) is a treasure – praying that you have the opportunity to apply this truth to your heart and let Jesus give you peace ❤