Who Do You Say That I Am?

He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. (Matthew 16:15-18)

Who do you say Jesus is? Many of us would agree with Peter that He is the Christ, the Son of the living God. But do we know what that looks like in our daily lives?

Even though Jesus was Peter’s friend and teacher, Peter was very aware that the religious leaders did not believe that Jesus was the promised Messiah. Despite all ?the miracles?, Jesus did not come as the Jewish people envisioned. Jesus seemed to purposely perform miracles and teach things that bothered others and contradicted their lifestyle. People had conflicting views on who Jesus was. However, when Peter was asked who Jesus was, his answer was firm and Jesus rewarded Peter’s words.

There are difficulties and conflicts in our lives today that do not reflect the Holy God, in whom we believe. Those things are placed in our lives as tests to examine what we will declare about Jesus. Can you say that despite the hardships, conflicts, struggles and stresses in your life, Jesus is your Christ, the Son of the living God? Does Jesus impact your life daily, making a difference in the way you think, feel and what you say? If your faith is wavering in belief, ask the Lord to reveal to you who Jesus is, just as He did with Peter. People and circumstances will change with seasons and times of life; but when all is said and done, we want our faith and convictions to be as solid as rocks so that the gates of hell shall not prevail against us.

When I read this I was reminded of Psalms 23, a very well known setting of scripture filled with such solid faith and truth. May we live our lives with that setting of scripture at the forefront of our minds. No matter the circumstances or seasons that come and go there will always be a constant in your life, Christ, He is your solid rock, now and always. Trust Him despite what you may be going through, remember, there’s no testimony without the test. He is worthy to be praised!

Have a beautiful day in The Lord!

Today’s Reading is Psalms 23