In Matthew 16:13-20, we see another important exchange between Jesus and Peter.
Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
(Matthew 16:13-16 ESV)
As Jesus asks the disciples what others are saying about him, the real question he is getting to is “Who do you say that I am?” Indeed that is still the question. With so many different voices trying to explain to us who Jesus was (a good teacher, a prophet, a kind and “all accepting” man). Which one is right?
Peter’s reply is the right one that Jesus is “the Christ” – literally “the anointed One” – the Messiah, the one the Old Testament said would come, God in flesh, the reconciler of us to God.
As I’ve spent much of the weekend talking about youth and faith – isn’t this the goal? That our children understand and believe that Jesus is “the Christ” and submit their lives to him – to be his disciples and grow in maturity into the fullness of that understanding.
Jesus is the cornerstone upon which the foundation of our church is built, and disciples build their own lives on this truth – that Jesus is the Christ.
Who do you say that he is?