Journal Entry January 16, 2013
“Jesus 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 you?’ he asked. ‘Who do you think I am?’” Matthew 16:13-15
From the responses the followers gave Jesus, the people thought of Him as a reincarnated Jeremiah, a reborn Elijah, and even John the Baptist.
Jesus asked the question of the disciples in a more personal way. “But, what about you? Who do you say I am?”
Simon Peter responds with a defining thought, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Jesus’ question is one that speaks to us on a regular basis. What about you? Who do you say I am?”
If, in our devotional times, we deal with the question as Simon Peter did, we receive rewards from heaven. If, however, we respond with, “Oh, he’s a good guy.” “Oh, he’s someone my parents spoke of.” “Oh he’s someone I call on when I am in trouble.” We miss the whole point of experiencing Christ. We dilute His message; we could even be guilty of ignoring His reason for coming to earth.
I need to focus more on His being the Son of the living God.
UPDATE: As we strive to live for Jesus, we need to recognize who He is. Living for Him has become more difficult as time draws closer for His return. I constantly try to remember whose I am and whom I am to emulate. When I slip and do something not to Jesus’ liking, I have to immediately seek forgiveness from Him.