Daily Devotion-January 17, 2022

Daily Devotion-January 17, 2022

Matthew 16:13-17

When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” They said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But you, who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.

Dear Lord Jesus,

There was so much happening at this time. You were in Caesarea, known for its pagan idol worship. When you asked the disciples what the people were saying about you, you already knew what everyone thought. While the disciple’s answers show that the people thought highly of you, their ideas fell short. One of their responses was that they thought you were Jeremiah, who spoke against false idols and how foolish the people were to trust them. All the other gods, including those in Caesarea, were dead stone or wood figures. Jeremiah wrote, “Their idols are like a scarecrow in a melon patch; they cannot speak.” So here, as the Son of Man and Son of the living God, you were talking with your disciples.

You did not ask, “who people say I am,” but “who the Son of Man is?” And while the people’s answers fell short, Peter has the correct answer; you are the Son of the living God. You came to this earth as a man to be our brother and to suffer all the temptations we go through, but you did not sin as we do. Then you went to the cross as both true God and true man, as you died upon the cross, you removed the punishment of sin meant for us, you died for all people; you removed our sin and guilt forever. Blessed is everyone; the Father reveals this too through the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Pastor Roger Emmons

Focus your attention on who Christ truly is, the Son of God and the Son of Man, who took away all your sins.