Scripture: Matthew 16:13-20
Key verse: (15)“But who do you say that I am?”
Reflection: Do you ever find it is really easy to talk about what other people think? I find that I always have an opinion about what someone else has done, or someone else’s thoughts. We have analysts for everything from politics to culture to sports, people who take time dissecting what other people do or say or don’t do or don’t say.
In our reading for today Jesus asks what has been said about him, what the chatter on the street is, what the analysts are saying. The disciples had a lot to say, there was historical conjecture that Jesus was Elijah. There were conspiracies that Jesus was John the Baptist raised from the dead (Herod thought this in Matthew 14:1-2). I can only imagine the stories that were told about who Jesus was and what he was doing. But then Jesus asks a much harder, a much more personal question, “Who do you say that I am.” This question is personal. The fun and safety of analyzing from afar is gone, replaced by personal claims on one’s own life.
Do you find yourself citing with ease who other people say that Jesus is? Are you quick to repeat the historical facts, the literary quotes, the actions from the past? But who do you say that Jesus is? How has Jesus touched and claimed your life? In what ways have you noticed Jesus’ moving and call upon your life? Take time and say it out loud, write it down, tell someone else, who do you say that Jesus is?
Prayer: Loving God, we give you thanks for the many ways in which you have moved through the prophets and through those who have come before us, for their witness in our faith. Open our eyes, our ears, our hearts, to the moving of Christ by your Spirit in our lives this day. Amen.
Author: John Magnuson
[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].