Saturday, September 29
by Mark Clements
Peter’s Confession That Jesus Is the Christ
“He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven,” Matthew 16:15-17.
When Jesus traveled to Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples about the current understanding concerning His identity. Jesus knew what people really thought about Him. His question was not asked in order to gain information. Instead, Jesus wanted to teach His disciples a lesson and give them the chance to admit their understanding of who He was in comparison to the popular opinion of the world. Some people thought Jesus was a resurrected John the Baptist, Elijah, Jeremiah or some other prophet, but Peter answered correctly when he confessed that Jesus was, indeed, the Anointed One of the living God. Jesus was pleased with Peter’s answer since it proved his heart had been enlightened by the Holy Spirit, and, now, he would be able to represent God correctly as he continued to follow Jesus.
The world around us has many opinions concerning who Jesus is. Most people will say that He is a good person or a good teacher. That is a correct, albeit an incomplete assessment of Jesus Christ. He is more than a good teacher. Jesus is the Son of God who came to take away the sins of the world. He claimed to be the only avenue to a relationship with God (John 14:1-6). The claim elevated Him above every other good teacher in history. The world may get the identity of Jesus wrong, but do not let that sway your testimony.
JUST A THOUGHT: Jesus is the Savior of the world.