March 15, 2017

by Mike Donnalley

Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” he said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.” … From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.

(Matthew 16:13-17, 21)

God has revealed to Peter that Jesus is “the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Note God’s responsibility in Peter’s confession. This is not something Peter could have discerned from his own reasoning or understanding for all men are incapable of coming to Christ on their accord and all men require the grace of God to accept Jesus as their Christ (1 Corinthians 12:3, Romans 3:9-24, Ephesians 2:1-9). Stop reading this for a moment and consider the magnitude of God’s grace toward you. You, a sinner, are guilty before God because you have fallen short of his glory; you have exchanged his inexhaustible worth for worthless idols; you have time and time again declared yourself as more important than your Creator. No one is free from this guilt. But rejoice and consider this: “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life” (Romans 5:8-10).

Consider the magnitude of God’s grace toward you.

If you are trusting in Jesus for the forgiveness of your sins, if you love and believe Jesus as your Christ, then it was God who revealed that beautiful truth to you. But He has done even more that that. He has accomplished and secured it for you. Look again at verse 21, “Jesus began to show his disciples that he must… suffer many things..., and be killed, and on the third day be raised.” This was to secure your salvation; it was to purchase your righteousness before God; it was to bring you home into God’s family so that you too would be a “beloved son”.

 If you love and believe Jesus as your Christ, then it was God who revealed that beautiful truth to you!

What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul!

What wondrous love is this, O my soul!

What wondrous love is this

That caused the Lord of bliss

To bear the dreadful curse for my soul, for my soul,

To bear the dreadful curse for my soul!

Pray this week for a irrevocable joy in God’ grace toward you. Pray for a resolute faith that entirely trusts in God’s grace. Pray this week that God will reveal Jesus as Christ to all your family, friends, acquaintances, and coworkers who do not know and love him now.