Read: Matthew 16:13-20
We live in an age having all kinds of opinion polls. Decisions are being driven by the public, and some of that is good. Surveys can inform us about people’s experiences with products and services, helping us make wiser choices. Opinion surveys can give government officials an understanding of how their policies will be received. While the information gleaned is a matter of personal opinion, it can be helpful in shaping decision-making on different levels.
But when it is related to the most important question for all eternity, a public opinion survey cannot give us the answer. We must answer for ourselves. In Matthew 16, Jesus was with His disciples at Caesarea Philippi and asked a question about public opinion: “Who do men say I, the Son of Man, am?” (Matt. 16:13). The answers were wide-ranging, and good opinions, but none was the correct one. That’s why Jesus then asked His disciples, “But who do you say that I am?” (Matt. 16:15). Peter answered it right: “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matt. 16:16).
Public opinion is useful in answering some questions, but not the one question that will determine your eternity. The most important question that anyone needs to answer is: Who do you say that Jesus is? No matter what the crowd believes about Jesus, what matters is what you believe about Jesus. If you agree with Scripture, and place your trust in Christ accordingly, you will have eternal life. Opinion is no substitute for the truth of God’s Word.