From Pastor Gary…
Jesus asked the disciples, “Who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” (Matthew 16: 15-16
Who is Jesus? That is an important question that requires an answer. In the context of today’s verses, Jesus asked the disciples what people were saying about him. “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” The opinions of people differed as to who He was. Some thought He might be John the Baptist; others thought maybe one of the prophets. (Matthew 16:13-14) That question is as important today as it was then. What do people say about Jesus; who is He? Some say He was a great teacher or a philosopher. Others regard him as a good man who showed us how to live a good life.
Jesus asked another question, making it personal. “Who do you say that I am?” Peter answered correctly, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus responded, “Blessed are you Simon Son of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 16:17). By God’s grace, we make the same confession as Peter. Jesus is the Christ. Christ is the Greek equivalent to the Hebrew term “messiah”. Jesus is the messiah, the long-awaited Savior first promised to Adam and Eve in the garden. The term Christ or Messiah means “anointed one”. People in Bible times were anointed to be set apart for God’s special calling and purpose. Aaron was anointed to be priest. David was anointed to be king.
Jesus Christ is the Lord’s anointed who came into this world for a specific purpose - to save us from the penalty of sin. He came to go to the cross. He came to die. The sin of the whole world was nailed to the cross with Jesus. All that trust in Christ’s death and resurrection for payment of sin receive God’s forgiveness.
Thank you, Jesus, for dying on the cross for our sin, and for conquering death so we may have eternal life. Thank you, Heavenly Father for the faith to believe and trust in the atoning work of Christ Jesus. Amen.
Verse for today:
He [Jesus] unrolled the scroll of the prophet Isaiah and found the place where it was written,
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
Because he has anointed me
To proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovering sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who were oppressed,
To proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
And he began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” (Luke 4:17-19, 21)