by Rick Schatz
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 16:17).
The identity of Jesus is the question of the ages. Every individual must answer the question about the identity of Christ.
Just consider the message we find in Matthew 16 and the impact that the identity of Jesus had on His disciples. These men had followed Christ for three years, and Jesus made them squarely face the question of His identity. Moved by the Holy Spirit, Peter acknowledged that Jesus was the Living God.
As they recognized this truth, the life of every disciple was turned upside down. Their faith grew until they became fully convinced that Jesus was who He said He was. Their faith led them to share the good news of the gospel with an unbelieving world. They spoke with clarity and boldness and were willing to give their lives to share the good news about Jesus as Lord and King.
For every believer and servant of Christ, He is not only Savior but also Lord of everyday living. We’re called to live righteously, and many of us are blessed with the opportunity to be husbands and fathers. We’re called to serve our families and to love our wives as Christ loved the Church. Coming to know Jesus as Christ changes everything. It brings joy, peace, and hope in this life and salvation for the next.
He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Matthew 16:15-16
So, who do you say He is? How have you been changed by Him?
This devotion appears in On The Road: Meditations for Men Who Travel, a collection of inspiring and encouraging writings from dozens of Christian leaders and businessmen. Click here to order a copy from Beacon Hill Press.