Scripture: Matthew 16:13-20
Key verses: (13-18) 13Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” 17And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven. 18And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church
Reflection: Jesus’ affirmation of Peter is not surprising. He is a good disciple. However, Jesus does not respond to Peter’s leadership or even his success as a disciple. Jesus does not list the accomplishments of Peter or cite favorable references for why the church will begin here. Jesus responds to Peter’s testimony.
A testimony that is a historic confession of faith at Caesarea of Philippi. It is on the testimony of Peter that Jesus says he will build the church. Peter boldly stepped forward with one of the most profound Christological affirmations in scripture.
Who do you say that I am??
Peter was direct saying … I have experienced you, Jesus as the Messiah. I know you were sent to us as the son of the living God. You have shown me the kingdom of God.
What would you say? What should we say as a church?
We testify as a community in all that we are and all that we do. We are a living witness to burning bushes, resurrection moments, storms being calmed through the transforming gospel of Jesus Christ.
What are others hearing about our testimony?
As the church, let us be bold in naming, claiming and proclaiming the work of Christ in our lives.
Prayer: Be upon each thing our eyes take in.
Be upon each thing our ears take in,
Be upon our bodies which come from Earth
Be upon our souls which come from heaven, evermore and evermore. Amen.
(Prayer from the Iona Community.)
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].