Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Son of the Living God

When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?”
14 So they said, “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
16 Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
17 Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.
Matthew 16:13-17, New King James Version

Son of the Living God

As Jesus and his disciples were walking along, Jesus asked them a very important question?

“Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?”

The answers were varied. Some believed He was John the Baptist, or Elijah, or one of the prophets. The answer did not surprise Christ.

I suppose if we were to go out into the public arena and ask the very same question, the answers would be just as varied. As a matter of fact, several years ago my husband was discussing this very question with a pastor. The pastor explained that Jesus was not THE savior, but A savior, and there could well be many more saviors to come.

Jesus, however, was very concerned about how his disciples answered this question. As was not unusual for Peter, he burst forth with the answer, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

The real question then is for us. We profess to be Christians, but what does that mean? Was Jesus a great man, a great spiritual leader, a prophet, or a delusional man who believed he was God? Sadly, these are all popularly held views.

Let us pray that, today, we can rush forward with the boldness of Peter and proclaim, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." To believe any less would mean we have no Savior!

God Bless You,


Loretta said...

Did the pastor in question have a bible text to back up his claim that Jesus was not THE savior, but A savior. Do you concur with the opinion?

Linda Croft said...

No, Loretta, he did not. He told my husband that he needed a new Bible and new commentaries. No, I do not concur with this pastor. Jesus Christ is THE Savior, and the only Savior, and He is my Savior. I think you will find my post for tomorrow (August 25th) rather interesting. It is entitled, The Unbelief of Unbelief.
Thanks for your comment,