Have you ever felt like the Lord was saying to you Who do you say I am?
The disciples had witnessed the feeding of the 5,000, the many testing questions of the Pharisees and Sadducees. They had their own misunderstanding of things Jesus had taught. And then Jesus put this before them:
Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. Matthew 16:13-17 ESV
Have you come through things in your life, discovered the things you thought you understood you’d actually gotten wrong, that the occurrences in your life you considered miraculous should have clarified so many things for you about your faith? It just seemed to continue showing you how little you did understand?
These verses made me realize that in the last week, as I wrestled with where I am with my faith, how I can serve with the limitations I face, the Lord moved in my heart, reminding me to continue seeking Him. And then, when reading the verse of the day, this question popped up to bless me. Jesus insisted on the disciples taking stock of the people around them and what those people believed. Then he insisted they do the same for themselves by asking them, Who do you say I am? And Peter, bold and ready to be all God has for him to be, pronounces, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Here I revert to my younger speech patterns when I say, Oooh, how cool! Jesus told Peter, told all the disciples, told us, that recognizing Him as the Son of God is not something we receive from people, books, or nature. It is from Father God! Not to disqualify the beauty and power in the promise of the church to come, but I wonder if we lose sight of the simple but oh so profound truth that none of it can happen if we aren’t able to receive Truth from God. To understand and accept that revelation came, not to just Peter, but to all the disciples who made it possible for the church to become the church, the bride of Christ.
I pray that you see the wonder and extreme love represented in this set of verses. Recognize that exists not only in these verses but in all of the Word Of God.
Who do you say I am. I have asked myself that. I can confidently say that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God, and rejoice that the Father has drawn me to recognizing and accepting that truth.