Hello friends and family. It is already Friday...the week has goin by very quickly for me. I've had much going on with school and church. I pray that you all are well and had a great week. Today we are turning to the book of Matthew.
Matthew 16: 13-16
13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, He was asking His disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; but 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 Christ, the Son of the living God.”
In this passage of scripture, the disciples have already spent a good amount of time with Jesus. They have seen countless miracles and observed how Jesus interacted with the religious leaders. Jesus had given them every thing they need to believe that He is the Messiah. Yet, many of them struggled...only Peter was bold enough to proclaim His divinity. It is easy for us to look at this situation an think that we would have been different...but more than likely, we would have been just like most of the disciples. Even Peter, although he did speak first, when push came to shove, and Peter had to make some tough choices-he chose to deny Christ.
If you observe a little child, when they first start walking, they are not at all skeptics-they run head-long into danger without batting an eye. Life has not taught them to fear or be skeptical of things that could hurt them.
We must approach our relationship with the Lord with the same fervor that a child has, when they first attain the ability to walk. We must know that Christ is the Messiah-we must trust that He will be there to catch us when we fall, and carry us when the road becomes too rough. For adults, this is difficult, as life has taught us to fear and protect ourselves from vulnerability. Thank the Lord that He gives us many opportunities to learn. He is a good Father-He loves us more than we could ever know.