Sunday 13 March 2022

Matthew 16:13-20

13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” 14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” 17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” 20 Then he ordered his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.

Who do you say Jesus is? This is the most important question we will ever answer. Reading this passage Jesus is saying He is the Son of the Living God. What a claim! As CS Lewis puts it, this only leaves us with three possible answers – (a) Jesus is lying (b) Jesus is crazy (c) Jesus is the Son of God. And just as Jesus asks His disciples for an answer, so He asks us for an answer today. This is not a question to put off until tomorrow. 

Secondly, if we believe Jesus is truly the Son of God, then we must necessarily believe what He has to say about us. Jesus tells Peter who he is. He tells Peter the amazing things He will do through him.  I wonder if Peter doubted Jesus’ words about himself when he later made mistakes, when he denied Jesus and when he watched Jesus die. When I sin or when things don’t go to plan, it’s easy to doubt that I am loved, that God has good purposes for me, and that I have access to the power of heaven through Jesus. But if I believe what Jesus says about Himself, I must also believe what He says about me. 

Lord help me to put on the belt of truth each day- help me surround myself with your true thoughts of me, rather than listening to the lies that sometimes rattle around in my head. Thank you that I can trust you.

Written by Rhi Mellor

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