Read Matthew 16
Highlight: Matthew 16:13-16
“When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist; some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Do you know, or DO YOU KNOW?
Jesus was very well known throughout Judea. He taught in the synagogues as well as on the hillsides. He visited, ate, and slept in people’s homes. People came from miles around to hear him teach, have him pray for them, heal them, see miracles performed. They all knew Jesus.
When we form (or think we want to form) a relationship with someone, we go through stages. First we may like the way someone looks. Then we may be intrigued by their manner, humor, talents, or knowledge. But as we spend more time together, we begin to get some insight on how they react, how they think, what their values are, what’s important to them. Then, as the relationship progresses into a deeper commitment rather than just a surface acquaintance, we will share goals, ambitions, dreams, visions, joys, and sorrows. Things which define who we are.
His disciples, those closest to him, shared his life, his joys, his plans. Yes, they saw all the things and heard all the teachings with the thousands of others, but they wanted more than just to be satisfied with the surface things. Jesus talked to them about his relationship with his father, about the nature and being of God. So when he asked “who do YOU say that I am”, it was a little bit of a test. A check to see what type of relationship the disciples wanted to have with Jesus. A check to see if they were “getting it”. That next step in a deeper relationship.
What is that next step for us with Jesus? Look to the very next verse: Verse 17 “And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed are thou, Simon Bar-Jona, for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.”
In essence Jesus told them: YES!! You got it! It’s not about feeding five thousand on a couple fish and bread loaves, it’s not about healing a blind man, it’s not about raising someone from the dead, you can’t figure that out by just looking on as a spectator. It’s about YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD through me.
Jesus said “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one cometh to the father but by me” (John 14:6)
Do you KNOW who Jesus is?
Gracious Lord, who do I say you are? Search my heart and know me; fill me with your Holy Spirit until I am overflowing with love and gratitude. You are the messiah. You came to rescue me from myself, from all I do that I don’t want to do. You died for my sins and you live to give purpose to my days. Let me name you as my savior, Jesus Christ, messiah, Son of the living God. Amen.