Prayer: Open my heart and mind, O God, to the guidance in your Word. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
So, as you travel around, Jesus asks, what do people say about me? What is the reputation and who do the people think I am? He wants the disciples to think about Jesus’ impression on people and themselves. There are rumors and people talking about Jesus being a reincarnation of one of the great prophets.
Then He asks them personally; “Who do you say that I am?” You have been with me for a while now, what do you think? What have you heard me say? If you had to tell others who I am, what would you say? You have seen many things in my ministry!
So, our devotion writer asks us: “So what about us? Who do we say that Jesus is? There are many roles and identities that Jesus has assumed for people throughout the ages. Jesus is a friend, a teacher, a king, a savior, and so much more.” So don’t we tell people who Jesus is to us? How do we tell people that Jesus is our friend and Savior? He is our beginning and our end, so, that is real important and deserves our testimony to others. When asked, who do we say Jesus is?
Prayer; “Loving Creator, thank you for sending Jesus to be our Alpha and Omega. In Christ’s name. Amen.”
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
Peter’s Declaration about Jesus
13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” 20 Then he sternly ordered the disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.