Happy Friday! We made it to another day that the Lord has made. May your day and weekend be filled with rejoicing and God’s favor!
BIBLE VERSE – Matthew 16:13-20 NLT
“13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 “Well,” they replied, “some say John the Baptist, some say Elijah, and others say Jeremiah or one of the other prophets.” 15 Then he asked them, “But who do you say I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” 17 Jesus replied, “You are blessed, Simon son of John, because my Father in heaven has revealed this to you. You did not learn this from any human being. 18 Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means ‘rock’), and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it. 19 And I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven. Whatever you forbid on earth will be forbidden in heaven, and whatever you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven.” 20 Then he sternly warned the disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.”
In these verses, Jesus is at the question and answer period with His disciples. See the disciples had been with Jesus to various regions, have seen miracles and healings, and listened to Jesus teach night and day. At this particular time, He’s asking who do the people say I am and then He asked who do you say I am (what do you believe)? Peter acknowledges the question and he answers “You are the Messiah, the Son of the Living God. “
Messiah means the annointed One and according to the Old Testament the Messiah is God.
• Isaiah 9:6 – For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
• Jeremiah 23:5-6 – “For the time is coming,” says the Lord, “when I will raise up a righteous descendant from King David’s line. He will be a King who rules with wisdom. He will do what is just and right throughout the land. 6 And this will be his name: ‘The Lord Is Our Righteousness.’ In that day Judah will be saved, and Israel will live in safety.”
• Micah 5:2 – “But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, are only a small village among all the people of Judah. Yet a ruler of Israel, whose origins are in the distant past, will come from you on my behalf.”
Brothers and sisters, who do you say He is? ______
Father God, thank you for revealing to the world who Your son is – “the Messiah the Son of the living God.” Lord God, thank you for sending us a Savior. Lord, thank you for establishing Your church. Lord, you continue to amaze us and reveal to us the things you desire for us to see and do. Lord, thank you for all that you have done and continue to do on our behalf. Lord, we want to be used by you, however teach and equip us to be bold, unrelenting in our faith and renewed daily by Your spirit. Lord, as we prepare for this day and the weekend, keep us safe, heal broken families, allow peace to fall on this world. Watch over those being deployed and their family members. Lord, be with those who are grieving. Lord, feed the hungry and keep them warm. Lord God, we are thankful for Your Son Jesus. We ask all these things in Jesus name, amen.
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