I was thinking about Mark 8:27~29 this morning.
Jesus asks his disciples, “Who do the people say that I am?”
The disciples reply, “John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others one of the prophets.”
And then Jesus asks them, “But who do you say that I am?”
Then Peter gets the answer right, “You are the Messiah.” [emphasis and underline added]
Isn’t it funny how you can hear the same gospel passage year after year, and depending on what’s happening in your life at any particular moment, that passage will hit you in a completely different way?
Just yesterday, I was having a charitable exchange on Facebook with someone who supports abortion “rights.”
After I made a few points about the humanity of the unborn human being in the mother’s womb, I didn’t get any further response from the person.
That’s why this exchange between Jesus and his disciples hit me so hard this morning.
I thought about all the young unborn fellow humans in their mother’s wombs, and imagined what would happen if one of them could ask me those same two questions.
First, “Brett, who do the people say that I am?”
Just like the disciples did with Jesus, I would have to give this young human several answers.
Some say a fellow human being, some say a fellow human being but with no rights, some aren’t sure what you are, and some think you’re not a “person” yet.
And then the child asks me the question that really matters.
“But Brett, who do you say that I am?”
I know at times in my life that my answer to that question would not have been as definitive as Peter’s reply to Jesus’ question.
I would have thrown in many “conditionals” such as “If you are able to survive on your own outside the womb, then you are a human being” and a whole host of other “It depends” type answers.
But after many years of research, reflection, and prayer, my answer now is definitive. “You are a fellow human being worthy of all the basic rights that we humans share. Most importantly, you have a right to LIFE, without exception.”
Then I imagined that unborn child asking the same question to someone whose answer matters a lot more than my answer, infinitely more to be exact.
The child asks God, “Who do you say that I am?”
While we humans can easily get confused about many things, I feel confident that God’s answer would be very definite.
Turning to Genesis 1:27.
“God created mankind in his image;
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.”
So I imagine God saying to the young child, “You are created in MY image.”
No conditionals, “it depends”, or relativistic “gray area” uncertainties.
Just a definite, “You are….”
All we Christians need to do is look at the Cross to know with confidence how definitive God’s answer will be if we ask Him, “Lord, who do You say that I am?”
God points to Christ on the Cross and replies “You are My child. This is how much I love you.”
How can we say any different about our young brothers and sisters in their mothers’ wombs?
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