Good mid-morning dear friends. Running a bit later this morning. Excuse me but I have been having a blast with the LORD. He does take first place in my life you know. Remember (if you can) sitting at your desk in the first grade and being given a sheet with pictures on it? The purpose was to pick out the part that does not belong. An example would be a place setting at the dinner table. Everyone has a fork, spoon, a knife but this one has a hammer rather than a knife. We were to select the hammer because it was out of place.
In Matthew 16, Jesus poses a question to His disciples and received several answers. The question was, “Who do you say that I am?” He had already heard what others were saying about who He was. But now the question was, who do YOU say that I am? And of course Peter gave his Great Confession response.
As we study the Word of God we find that Jehovah had several identifying names throughout. Each name followed Jehovah (EL) with “Elohim”, “Shaddai”, “Jireh”, “ Rophe”, and the list goes on. The reason for the different names is because God demonastrates His authority in different ways and the Name was a reminder of how God had touched the lives of the people.
Moving us forward to the todays of our life, Christ Jesus again asks the question “Who do you say that I am?” Like the names of God in the Word of God, we too have a special touch from God during some difficult moments. When the money runs out before the month we know God as our “Provider.” When we are suffering from a difficult disease we know God as the “Great Healer.” When we feel discouraged and down, we have experienced God as the “Comforter” who refuses to let us walk through things by ourselves. But the name Christ Jesus would like all of us to know Him by is Savior and LORD!
Back to the question and Peter’s response. Here was Jesus, The Sinless Son Of God sitting right there with them as they were talking and God asked them the question. You talk about something being out of place. God choosing to sit with sinners. Royal robed among the filthy rags. But that is the kind of God we worship and has chosen us to be His children. So right now, Who do YOU say that HE is? Like Simon Peter, He is THE CHRIST the SON of The LIVING GOD who died for each of us so we can (each of us) live for HIM. That is a blessing friend.