“Who do people say I am?” was the question that Jesus asked his disciples as they were visiting in the region of Caesarea Philippi. He wasn’t asking what people thought about his personality; was he a nice guy?, was he impatient?, was he hard to get along with? was he a good teacher?, and so forth. He was interested in how people perceived his identity.
Concealing one’s identity, or lying about who you really are, is nothing new in our world. Today, identity theft has become a widespread problem aided by the world-wide web. The caution we must exercise as a result is to not take someone’s word for who they are if there are doubts about his or her truthfulness.