Who Do You Say that I Am?
Sunday, February 12
“When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” (Matthew 16:13-16)
As we come to the close of our forty days of prayer, I pray we have found our covenant God to be a faithful promise keeper. I pray we have been given the faith to answer Jesus’ question, “Who do you say that I am?’ the way Peter did, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God!”
When Jesus asked His disciples “Who do you say I am?”, it was like a lightbulb went on in Peter’s brain. Through the power of the Holy Spirit Himself, Peter was able to correctly identify Jesus as His Messiah. What an incredible gift!
Recognizing the true identity of Jesus still has fantastic consequences for us today. When we acknowledge that Jesus is the Christ, long-awaited Messiah who is our Immanuel – Our God who is with us – and we submit to His lordship in our lives, we are saved from our sins.
Today, Jesus is still asking us, “Who do you say I am?” What do we answer? Do we still simply believe that Jesus is a good man, prophet, or teacher? Or do we recognize that Jesus is the Christ?
As we explored the 7-I AM statements Jesus made about Himself and sought to answer Jesus’ question to us, “Who do you say that I am?” I pray the Holy Spirit gave us the same faith He gave Peter who said, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” I pray we too came to understand Jesus is the Christ, the One who had been expected for thousands of years by the Jewish people. For Jesus is the Deliverer sent by God to redeem His people. He is the anointed One, the Chosen One, the Son of God, the Son of Man, the Very Word of God, who is the Lion of Judah, the Prince of Peace, our Wonderful Counselor. The Way. The Truth. The Life. The Messiah.
So, who do you say that He is?
Prayer for the Day: Gracious and ever-loving Father, thank You for loving us, forgiving us, and giving us the faith we need to declare Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God, we pray in Jesus name – Amen.
Personal Prayer: “Lord Jesus, You ask – “Who do you say that I am?” Lord, open my mind so I can understand who You are, and who I am in You.”