Day 1
lent-challenge-day-1 Vince Miller

It's Personal


Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, "Who do people say that the Son of Man is?" And they said, "Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets." He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" Simon Peter replied, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." And Jesus answered him, "Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.—Matthew 16:13-18


For the disciples, this initial question by Jesus probably felt inquisitive and curious. Jesus seems to be saying, "You're my eyes and ears out there, so what's the word on the street about me?" So they give an answer to this seemingly innocent question the best shot, and a few of the men rattle off popular soundbites. But then Jesus asks the same question but personalizes it with the pronoun "you." He stops, turns to them, and looks them straight in the eye: "But what about you? Who do you say that I am?" I assume there was a slight change in the tone.

But why does Jesus need to ask this question? Why the personalization?

Maybe because the disciples were always wavering in confidence. We witness this multiple times throughout the narrative in Matthew, moments they appear to lack confidence, and at times Jesus helps them in their disbelief. But now, Jesus is turning towards Jerusalem—and his final days. Jesus knows that his end is in sight, and he wants the disciples to firm up their belief and stop the vacillating. With his personalized question, he wants a verbal assurance that they get it, and they are confident in who he is, no longer uncertain, but resolute.

But what about you? Who do you say Jesus is?

Remember, Jesus is not merely a nice guy, a compassionate man, an inspirational leader, or a remarkable teacher—he is, as Peter said, the Son of the Living God.

As we begin this journey towards Jerusalem with Jesus, take time in prayer to tell Jesus who he is to youpersonally. Avoid the cliches; make it memorable and personal. In scripture, he is the Living God, but who is he to you?

This week we are focusing on the discipline of prayer. So each of the Calls To Action below will involve the activity of prayer. Prayer is merely having a short conversation with God. One of the best ways to do this is by talking out loud with Him, so it might be best to find a quiet place to do this for the next few minutes.

Your Call To Act (C.T.A.) today is:

  • Write: in the comments below, describe who Jesus is to you in 1-5 words. For example, "Jesus is the power of my salvation."
  • Pray: for 5-minutes, sharing with God why you chose these 1-5 words.

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442 thoughts on “It’s Personal

  1. Ben says:

    Jesus is to me my Savior, Redeemer, Jehovah ( my provider ) , Grace unimaginable, and the Almighty God of all creation and beyond !!

  2. Nick says:

    Jesus is the good shepherd, he sought me out to bring me back to himself after years of straying in one way or another. What happened to change my heart and to change my thinking can only be supernatural.

  3. Kevin G says:

    Companion Guide, teacher, trusted confidant, God. For various reasons I view life through the lens of an adventurer/hiker. I see Jesus as these words as He is always hiking life along with me, planning daily and enduring and enjoying the journey together.

  4. Nathanael says:

    As I ponder the question who is Jesus to me? I completely agree with Peter he is the Son of God. But I am still there with the question who is he to me? And to that I think about what I expect of him. I expect him to cover all my failures and faults. I expect him to be my advocate, I expect him to be my Redeemer. When I stand before God with all my guilt and shame I expect him to make me worthy.

    When I think about that really I am asking a lot and it’s sobering. And to put it back to what Peter said He is the Son of God. You immediately think why? And the answer is because he loves me.

  5. Todd Hansen says:

    Jesus, you are the Lover of my soul. Remarkable, because he is 100% consistent in this and even I frequently do not love my own soul!

  6. Todd Hansen says:

    Jesus, you are the Lover of my soul. Remarkable, because he is 100% consistent in this and even I frequently do not love my own soul — what grace.

  7. Sean says:

    Savior. Jesus saved me when I didn’t even know I needed to be saved. He turned my life upside down and I’m now a child of God. Without Him, who knows what kind of life I would be leading today. Thank you Jesus for your love, your mercy and your grace that saves!

  8. Mike says:

    To me Jesus is son of God and part of the Trinity..Father ,Son and Holy Spirit who I turn to daily for guidance and help.

  9. Danny Leo says:

    King of Kings and Brother!
    I love the fact that He is the King if Kings, but we are also his Brother!

    Our heavenly Father wants His children to bear a family resemblance, and He gave us the perfect example in our big Brother, Jesus Christ.

    In Mark 3:34–35, Jesus declares that those who follow Him are His brothers: “He looked at those seated in a circle around him and said, ‘Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.’”
    I also read the comments and meditated on “Compass” I love that!!!

  10. Ian Bonthron says:

    In one word he is my “everything” I know it sounds cliche, but its the truth without him I have nothing

  11. Kevin says:

    He is my friend.
    He is my counselor.
    He is my miracle worker.
    He is my saviour.
    He is my forgiver.
    He is unconditional LOVE.
    He is my teacher.
    He gave me life!
    Thank you Jesus……

  12. Lewis Thompson says:

    Jesus, you are my redeemer, my hope, in times of fear, doubt, uncertainty. You are my Abba Father, the one, I cling to. And especially the one I put my trust in.

  13. Andrew says:

    Jesus, the son of god is an emotional comfort to me when I feel all else is against me. When I am uncertain and need someone to give me the slightest benefit of the doubt, I know I can talk to Jesus through my heart.

  14. Tom says:

    Jesus is the reason I get out of bed. I don’t run from sickness I am not afraid ,of it of course I get scared. We all do I love all the believers out there, I don’t worry about sick people I pray for them on street corner’s, I prayed for a man in the past few weeks he lives in Dayton, down the road from our church building. I prayed for his son who was facing cancer. I hate seeing scared people, because I know Peter was full of the spirit to over flowing when made that statement. And of course like him, I would denied him as well!

  15. TAYLOR T OLSON says:

    Jesus is the light of the world, loving, caring, genuine, and will never forsake us, and is our leader and teacher

  16. Brian says:

    He is the one who takes away my fear, guilt, and shame and gives me a spirit of power, love, and self control. He is worthy of praise!

  17. Michael says:

    I know this sounds cliche, but Jesus to me is like oxygen. The longer I turn my back on him and stop pursuing him, the worse it gets. But when he leads me to repentance and I fall on him, it’s like that first gasp of air after being under water for a long time.

  18. Rich says:

    Jesus is my savior. He never changes but as I become closer to Him from reading the word He is becoming more; my rock, my refuge, my friend, my creator and He is changing me.

  19. Cory Bullock says:

    Jesus is the son of God who I am chasing to know so much more about in attempt to fully understand what and why dying on the cross freed me from my sins. It’s something I’m still struggling with grasping the full magnitude of.

  20. Jeff Brown says:

    On a personal level Jesus is my father and then he is my king and priest. Finally he represents me in heaven as part of the trinity as he gave it all for me.

  21. Jason says:

    He is my baggage handler. Instead of I, myself carrying all the weight of worry and the unknown I give it to him to carry, just as he carried his own cross.

  22. Charles Lewis says:

    friend , savior, guide , lord, and redeemer
    Jesus is my savior of 64 years and has guided me all areas of my life, he is a friend that I can go to when I need guidance. He is my Lord and redeemed me from sin and I have a place in heaven,

  23. Lavon says:

    HE is my loving and forgiving heavenly father, author and creator of my life. HE is truly the very Son of Man and Son of God. HE is like the coach of my life. I can only hopefully (longly) imagine/Invision HIM as my coach after the homecoming game saying “Okay, everybody take a knee!” And then coming to me placing His hand on my shoulder saying: “great game, nice tackling & blocking, what a great catch, neat fumble recovery. Now go get cleaned up and go enjoy the dance and party.”

  24. Stephen Donmoyer says:

    Just copued over from public
    Stephen M. Donmoyer, Sr says:

    Battle Buddy

  25. Jacob Lamen says:

    I enjoyed this passage and the insights. Its a good reminder to communicate with God on a more personal level.

    • rgoreckijr says:

      Coincidently, this verse was part of this morning’s Saturday Men’s Group discussion on Matthew 16. #GodsProvidence

  26. Chris says:

    Jesus is my friend. Jesus is the one I turn to in need. Jesus is the one I should turn to before I try thiNgs on my own. He is alive and God guide me to make smart decisions. Jesus loves me!

  27. Scott says:

    Hes my SAVIOR, Confidant the one who truly knows me and I can be fully real with – raw emotions and ALLLLL. Everyday I’m refreshed And His Mercies are New every morning!!! Thk U JESUS… I LOVE U!!!

  28. tf says:

    the Way. Truth. Life Great challenge question – Who? I must be brutally honest with myself over this question. And answer it truthfully to myself (and Him)

  29. John S says:

    In addition to the Risen Saviour, Jesus is my rescuer, liberator and healer, setting me free from years of self doubt, self condemnation, deep seeded feelings of failure, and rejection.

  30. Eric says:

    He is the GLUE that to holds my wife and I together. He is LOVES me for who I am and to become. He is UNITY when things seem disheveled. He is EXASPERATING, now let me explain: I get tired wraping my head around how much He loves me that he paid the price for my sin, thus becoming my SAVIOR

  31. Dan says:

    Wavering Faith, those of us who are really aware of or faith feel it wavering all the time. As I progress on my faith journey in life and study Jesus , I feel my wavering has changed from weak to medium to more like strong to undeniable.

  32. David Wall says:

    Jesus is God in the flesh who came down to show me who God is personally, to clear-up and bridge my separation from God, to lead me daily through this life, and to raise me to eternal life in heaven.

  33. Seth Merten says:

    Jesus to me, is giver and a man of love. He wants only the best for us. Jesus to me is a teacher. He guides us and shows us how to make the best out of life for ourselves and others.

  34. Brady Ellis says:

    Director / My God / Protector
    He is the captain of my ship, my confident, he is the one who has shaped my heart to be the man I am and helping me become the man He wants me to be for my family and friends

  35. John P Goushian says:

    Nothing is hidden from Jesus. He is my advocate, my Savior/Redeemer. Do I think of him like that? Not as often as I could. It’s easy to forget who He is in my trials but thats when I should lean All the more into him, and be under his yoke.

  36. MICHAEL GARVEY says:

    He is my hope for eternal life. Who else offers eternal life? Nobody. Because He said yes to sacrifice, we have this hope. Thank you Jesus.

  37. Rick says:

    He is my redeemer. I say that because He took what was broken and made it into something new. He took someone who never felt like they belonged, and adopted me into His family. He took someone who was heavily burdened and set them free.

  38. Brad Hatfield says:

    He is the great I am. To me he is my salvation (from sin) and pure love (in a life that was severely lacking)

  39. David Clarke says:

    Dave S C – He is many things to me, but the one that seemed to come to the forefront of my mind was Teacher/Guide. God instructs and leads me in the path that I should go.

  40. Eddie says:

    Jesus is the Lion & the Lamb
    the Lion of Judah and, AT THE SAME TIME, the Sacrificial Lamb that was slain for all of our sins. as the Scriptures say, He was FULL of grace and truth, equal measures of both, not a balance of one and the other.

  41. Pastor Mark says:

    Jesus is my example and assurance that the up’s and down’s of a life called to ministry are worth it!

  42. Chad P. says:

    Jesus is the I am that Moses encountered. He is the true manna, he is the living word. God who became flesh and dwelt among us. He is the true witness and all others who come in another way that claim any part of the salvation or peace are proven thieves and robbers. Hirelings that run away when danger comes, but God through sending Christ was able to take away my sin by His cross. He proved himself when he didn’t have to, he humbled himself yet was king of all that ever was or ever will be. He deserves everything yet we can give him nothing except our heartfelt thanks and obedience to his gracious Lordship.

  43. Boyd Rasmussen says:

    He is the most powerful being in the universe that got my attention, and let me know that he valued me. He pointed out to me the correct path to be on,….that all the other philosophies of living are wrong.

  44. Tom Barnard says:

    I just got home with internet connection and am on Day 1. To answer the question, who is Jesus to me, I have always felt I could look up to him a my big brother.

  45. Scott Halverson says:

    The one true God that if I lean into offers love, patience, peace, kindness and self-control as fruits of the spirit. Even better things await in eternity

  46. Russ Matthess says:

    Just discovered this existed. Late to the party starting on Day 1 a few days before Easter but then again this has been the story of my life. Jesus is my God, Redeemer, Lord, Savior, Friend, adopted big Brother (if I am an adopted child of God then that should make the Son of God my adopted Big Brother right?) That aside I am related to royalty, he has appointed me ambassador to the crown.