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It Is Written: “Who do you say that I am”?

As the week comes to an end, let’s give thanks by contemplating the majesty of Almighty God with His word, as It is Written.

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Photo: PEXELS/Oladimeji Ajegbile

“Who do you say that I am”?

This was the question Jesus asked Simon Peter and he answered: “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God”. Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in Heaven (Matthew 16:13-20)

What does Simon Peter mean when he answers: “You are the Christ” (meaning, “THE Messiah”)?

The Jews have long awaited their Messiah (the promised deliverer), but Christ’s disciples declared that He was the fulfilment of all the Old Testament prophecies and that through His death and resurrection, He is the ultimate deliverer for all who turn to Him – once and for all!

This is the Gospel that Christians have clung to since: the good news that Christ came to redeem and save all those who believe in their hearts and confess with their mouths that He is their Lord and Saviour.

Many years ago, in the midst of one of my deep life struggles, I felt this question hit me afresh: “Who do YOU say that I am”?

I had to ask myself:
Do you truly believe that Jesus is the Christ?
Do you truly believe that He is the long-awaited Messiah, who came to earth to die that horrid death on a cross, so that we can be redeemed from the curse of the law of sin and death?
Do you truly believe that He is the Son of the one and only true and living God?
Do you truly believe that God is who He says He is, and that He can do what He says He can do?

If so, I asked myself:
Why are you allowing yourself to be filled with anxiety and fear?
Why aren’t you entrusting yourself to Him for help?

I had to determine once and for all, that I could trust God.

He loved me so much that He sent His only begotten Son to die for me; He paid for my sins (past, present and future) and He welcomed me into His presence as His dearly beloved child.

I therefore resolved in my heart that He was both willing and able to take care of me, so I could let go in complete surrender, entrusting it all to Him.

Isn’t it remarkable that God in Heaven wants to be our Father?
The “King of Kings” and “Lord of Lords” delights in calling us His children and longs to fill us with His peace, if we would just sit awhile with Him!

Just as Jesus replied to Simon Peter in the scripture above, this is a sacred truth that we can only grasp when we allow God to reveal it to us. When we come before Him, humbly acknowledging that it is He alone who made a way for us to be saved.

I have followed the Lord most of my life and still find this to be the most exciting truth of all time. He loves us, we are safe in Him, He paid the price – the blood sacrifice – so that we can be redeemed and enjoy the fullness of life in Him. What a gift!

Meditate on this question: Who do you say that I am?

Once this truth has dropped from your head to your heart, it will start changing you from within.
God wants to fellowship with you. He wants to become your Father and use all of heavens resources to take care of you as His dearly beloved child.
He is inviting you to look to Him.

Prayer

Father, thank you that you have welcomed me into your presence. I come before you, letting go of all my troubles, knowing that I can trust that you will hold on tight and never let me go.
Thank you Lord. I am so deeply grateful that you are such a mighty yet loving God, so you are both willing and able to help me, no matter what situation I am in.

Help me to sit quietly in your presence and enjoy you, not only for what you have to offer, but more for who you are.

I love you Lord! Thank you for loving me.
Amen.