Scripture: Matthew 16:15-18
15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” 17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hadeswill not overcome it.
Jesus heard the rumors. From town to town, house to house, He overheard people speculating about who He was. As He and the disciples pulled away from the crowd to a beautiful hillside, He took the opportunity to ask the question of the day to the individuals who knew Him best.
“Who do you say I am?” Peter, always willing to respond, was the first to speak. “You are the Messiah, the Son of the Living God.” Jesus’ response to Peter was clear, direct, and immediate. Unlike other moments when Peter’s words did not have the conviction to sustain him, this time Peter was right. In response to Peter’s correct identificationof Jesus, he was also given a clear identity. Jesus clarified both Peter’s name and his identity, calling him the rock on whom the church would be built. Peter would spend the rest of his life living for and ultimately dying for the truth that Jesus was the Messiah, the Son of God.
Thousands of years later, Jesus’ question still resounds. Peter’s answer is still truth that is worth building our lives on. What about you? Who do you say Jesus is?” The answer to this question will determine not only the foundation of our lives but shape our eternal reality.
- Who does our world today say that Jesus is?
- How has your understanding of Jesus changed your view of yourself, your life, and others?
Soul Care Practice
Become aware of God’s loving presence and imagine Jesus saying these words to you: “Who do you say I am?” Talk with Jesus about any thoughts, reflections, challenges, and emotions that come up within you. How can you embody these words and follow Christ in your home, neighborhood, and workplace?
Read Jesus’ words again slowly: “Who do you say I am?” How did these words shape and guide you today? Pray your thoughts, desires, needs, struggles, and joys from today. As you go to bed, rest in God’s presence.
“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. (Ephesians 3:16-17)
Written by Becky White, Pastor of Counseling and Care