Who Do You Say...?

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Who do you say that Jesus is? The answer to this question will determine your eternity. Consider well.

Pray:

Jesus, You are the Christ, the promised one of God and the Savior of the world. All blessing and honor to You.

Read:

Matthew 16:13-20

Reflect:

Have you acknowledged Jesus as your only hope?

How did you come to know Jesus? For Peter, that early encounter on the beach (4:18-20) has led to this significant declaration: Jesus is the Messiah, Son of the living God (16).

This is a quiet, intimate moment away from the crowds in a peaceful place. Peter speaks on behalf of the disciples (and, in a way, on our behalf too). Others may have all kinds of ideas about who Jesus is, but Jesus addresses the question to us personally. It is breathtaking to recognize that Jesus is God come to earth in human form. This is so astonishing that only the Father can reveal this truth to Peter (17)--and to us. And Peter, the rock, will have a key role in building the young church (18). The "rock" of truth about Jesus, God incarnate, is its foundation.

Why does Jesus order the disciples not to tell anyone that he is the Messiah? Perhaps because they cannot fully understand who Jesus is until they witness his death and resurrection (21). It is a pivotal moment. Acknowledging Jesus as Christ the Lord means their lives can never be the same again. And neither can ours.

Apply:

Who do you say that Jesus is? The answer to this question will determine your eternity. Consider well.

Pray:

Jesus, You are Lord and my only hope. I place all my trust in You.

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