Lately, I have been pondering the depth of Mark 8:29, where Jesus asks His disciples a compelling question. Mark 8:29 says, ‘”But what about you?’ he asked. ‘Who do you say I am?’ Peter answered, ‘You are the Christ.’” Like most scripture, much can be discussed about this verse, but what speaks to me today is the power in recognition and the release of authority when that acknowledgement is verbalized.
Often we ask ourselves who Christ is to us, but think it unimportant to ask Him the same question. So recently I dared to ask my Father, “Who do you say that I am?” What He spoke into my heart resonates and loudly, so loud that you can hear it, but only because His answer is the same for you.
You are mine, the very evidence my voice creates all from none simply because I uttered it so. You are the one created to sense the wind of my whisper within yourself, pulling you near. You are the one whose gaze draws me to sweep you up into the very arms already embracing you. You are the one whose single plea causes my kisses to blanket your cry of repenting. I say you are the one I see through a veil of crimson not your own. You are the one who can bend your knee and sit on my knee in a single moment.
You are the carrier of my dwelling, the one whose very skin outlines a pocket of my presence, a cloud and fire. I say that you are the one creation who looks as me, so you can be me to those whose pain glues shut their eyes, those whose ears can listen but not hear. You, my child, are the one whose laughter releases and binds in the same moment—releasing my strength and binding my enemy. You are my voice, the one who sounds as my Son when you speak His words, a conduit of life in the rotted up places. I say you are the one whose fingers hold my unending power, and whose arms feel as mine around the broken. I say you are not just a mirror of me, but a window to me. You are my child, my friend. Simply put, you are mine, that is who I say you are.”
For me what makes this word so, so beautiful is that we are who we are simply because of who He is—the Christ, the Messiah. We are because He first was, but even more—He still is and forever will be. Even more, when we choose to recognize who we actually are in Him, it releases the authority for our mindset and behavior to follow!