In Mark 8:29, Yeshua asks, “Who do people say that I am?” We are there with them. Let’s answer that. Who is He? Let us ask the people who met Him in person. Have you noticed people’s reactions and amazement throughout this short biography by Mark? Right in the first chapter, we read They were amazed at His teaching 1:22 Then in v.27 we read: They were all amazed, so that they debated among themselves, saying, “What is this? A new teaching with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey Him.”
When he cured the lame man, they were all amazed and were glorifying God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this.” Mark 2:12. Who then do you say that Yeshua is?
When He cured the severely demon possessed man who had a legion of devils in him, he went away and began to proclaim in Decapolis what great things Jesus had done for him; and everyone was amazed. Mark 5:20 In the same chapter where He resurrected a young 12-year-old girl from death, they were completely astounded. Mark 5:42.
Concerning even the people of Tyre and Sidon who did not have the witness of the Word of God, we are told, They were utterly astonished, that He makes even the deaf to hear and the mute to speak. For they knew it was never done before. Who then do you think Yeshua is? While on earth, He could no longer publicly enter a city, but stayed out in unpopulated areas; and they were coming to Him from everywhere. Mark 1:45 One time, when He was in Capernaum, so many were gathered together, that there was no longer room, not even near the door. Mark 2:2
When He went out by the seashore, people were coming to Him, and He was teaching them. Mark 2:13 At one point, He had to get into a boat, with the people on the shore, so He could teach them. Mark 4:1 So many people followed Him.
And a great multitude from Galilee followed Him, and from Judea and Jerusalem and Idumea and beyond the Jordan; and those from Tyre and Sidon… Mark 3:7-8 So many came down to Israel to listen to Him that He had to withdraw to the sea. Wherever He entered villages, cities, or the countryside, they were laying the sick in the marketplaces, and imploring to be able to just touch the fringe of His cloak. And as many as touched it were being cured. Mark 6:56 Who then do you think Yeshua is?
Yeshua is the Messiah
Simon Peter gave a very pertinent, precise, and inspired answer. “You are the Messiah.” Mark 8:29
To speak these words to Yeshua is to acknowledge all the one hundred or so prophecies of the first coming of the Messiah from His birth to His resurrection. They all converge upon Jesus of Nazareth. By saying to Yeshua, “You are the Messiah,” one agrees that the words of the prophets are true and are fulfilled in Him. It also takes into consideration the exclusivity of Yeshua. He is unique. He is the only place where truth is found, and He is the only way to eternal life.
By saying, “Yeshua, You are the Messiah,” you are engaging in the journey toward an eternal bliss or as Daniel the prophet said it, to everlasting life. Daniel 12:2 These words sum up for us all that He is. Yeshua is the Messiah based on what the Scriptures say. It is the confession needed for eternal life with God.